Tight bowling alongwith Ameya Soman’s quick 48 ensures a finals win for Eknath Shinde CC II in the Thane Premier League’19
Eknath Shinde CC II after being made to bat first were off to a flying start thanks to opener Ameya Soman taking on the bowlers with a blazing 48 off just 22 balls (8 fours, 2 sixes). The rest of the batsman chipped in with cameos as they reached a healthy total of 176/7 in 20 overs.
Chasing 177, Eknath Shinde CC were off to a solid start with opener Manager Gupta (30) and no.3 batsman Arjun Shetty (69 off 50 balls) playing aggressive cricket. It was also back to back fifty for Arjun as he had scored an impressive half century on Day 6 in the semi-finals too. Keeper Vishant also chipped in with 28 but the middle order and the lower middle order failed to capitalize and chase the score successfully resulting in a narrow loss of 13 runs as they reached 163/5 in 20 overs. Satyak Patel with 2/25 in 4 overs bowled an impressive spell under pressure while Vikas Repale also came up with an impressive spell of just 27 runs in his 4 overs with a wicket to his name.
Eknath Shide CC II won the match by 13 runs while Amey Soman was declared “man of the match”. With this they also lift the prestigious Thane Premier League Trophy’19
Brief Scores : –
Eknath Shinde CC II-176/7 in 20 overs, Amey Soman 48, Arun Yadav 23, Ashay Palkar 20, Rohit Singh 2/46, Prasad Patil 1/18
Eknath Shinde CC-163/5 in 20 overs, Arjun Shetty 69, Manager Gupta 30, Satyak Patel 2/25, Vikas Repale 1/27
Result-Eknath Shinde CC II won the match by 13 runs
Ashay Palkar who was declared the “Best Batsman” shared in the post match ceremony-
Having played for Mumbai in all the age groups under 15,17,19,22, I had taken a break from professional cricket for 4 years for pursuing a career in Management studies.
I got placed in IT giant Infosys and shifted to Pune in 2016 as a software consultant. In Pune I started playing IT cricket just as a hobby. There I got noticed and was insisted by my wife Pranjali to start playing selection matches for Maharashtra Ranji team.
Initially it was very difficult managing work and cricket both, however after persevering efforts and hardwork towards my skills as well as fitness, made it into the Maharashtra Ranji side this year. The key success factor was fitness which helped me achieve the almost impossible come back to first class cricket.
Thane Premier league has always been a big event for Thane cricketers as we all looked forward to playing here at the newly renovated Dadoji kondev stadium which is our home ground since we started playing cricket.
I have been leading the team Eknath Shinde XI for 9th consecutive year now. But this year was special as the tournament has achieved higher levels with the best of the players competing.
I couldn’t be happier with my bowling this year, contributing with economical spells plus wickets leading to my team’s victory. Took 10 wickets in 4 games.
Vidyadhar Kamath who was awarded the Best bowler in TPL shared in the post match presentation ceremony-
I started my junior cricket in Mumbai, but was neglected by the selectors and couldn’t get a place in the state team, so tried my luck in Goa, where I made my first class debut.
I was then noticed by the railways coach and took a job in Central railways where I continued my first class streak.
Sincere efforts and hardwork on skill and fitness lead to good performance at the club level in Mumbai. I started working on my leg spin under the guidance of Omkar salvi sir and Abhishek Nayar against my conventional off spin.The hard work paid off as I grabbed 13 wickets in All inter railway championship at Delhi which was followed by 5 WICKET haul in times shield A division against BPCL
This year’s Thane Premier League tournament at the renovated venue Dadoji konddev by Mr Vikas Repale where I bowled leg spin as against conventional off spin that I used to bowl in which I took 8 wickets in 4 matches
I am very happy to get the BEST BOWLER prize leading my team into the finals of the tournament.