A win with broken thumbs: Ajgaonkar (69*) & Lad (61*) steer Gamdevi Cricketers to a win in the Bombay Junior Shield’20
Bengal Club after being put to bat first at Shivaji Park, Dadar posted a total of 286/9 in 41 overs. After a good start by the openers who put on 62 runs for the 1st wicket, young prodigy Raj Desmukh top scored with a solid 55 at no.3 followed by Tanay Kadam’s 33 ball 47 at no.5 as most of the batsman from Bengal Club provided cameos.
From the bowlers, left arm spinner Pankaj Kori with 3/58 was the pick of the lot.
Gamdevi Cricketers who were 2/33 at one stage got back into the game thanks to a 106 run stand for 3rd wicket between Aashay Shukla (46) and Pratik Lad (61*). Pratik played an anchoring knock of 61 * in 67 balls while he received excellent support from Nikhil Ajgaonkar at no.7 who played a match winnings at no.7 despite both his thumbs getting injured. The passion to perform and the love for cricket was way above the pain he faced while batting as his 59 ball 69* steered Gamdevi Cricketers to a 4 wkt win in 43.4 overs.