Bombay Gymkhana witnessed a competitive match between two hard working teams namely Don Bosco & VPMS Vidyamandir team in the under 16 Harris Shield Tournament. VPMS Team had won the toss & they chose to send Don Bosco to bat first. Their coach Rohan Nagvekar had instructed the boys to settle first & try posting a big target to win the match outright.
Opener Manal Kawle followed his coach’s advice with precision as he scored a fantastic century for his side. Manal Kawle & Kevin were sent to open the innings. While Kevin was out for 6, Manal carried his game forward with supremacy. Never once did he struggled in his 151 ball 120 which included lustrous boundaries. Not only Manal was calm & composed at the crease but he also created good partnerships. Mulani Saqib also played well for his 46 to support the attacking Manal kawle.
Don Bosco declared at 262/6 & pressure was quite evident on the faces of the VPMS batsman to chase such a score. Don Bosco bowlers were tough as nails bundling out VPMS Vidyamandir team for just 96 in the 1st innings & giving them a healthy follow on. It was really tough batting against the Don Bosco bowlers & especially Atharva Baperkar who took 9 wickets in the match.
VPMS Vidyamandir fought hard in the 2nd innings & managed to score200/7. The efforts weren’t enough & Don Bosco team won the match on 1st innings . The credit must go to opener Manal whose century helped Don Bosco post a decent score in the 1st innings. Atharva’s 9 wickets were also noteworthy. The Don Bosco boys will move ahead in the tournament with a renewed zest & as their coach stated they would fight hard to win the upcoming matches outright.