Ours Cricket Club’s Ayush Vartak smashes 87* to help his team pip Ashirwad CC by 10 wickets

On January 3, Our Cricket Club took on Ashirwad Cricket Club at Yashwant Nagar Cricket Ground in Virar, Mumbai during the Ameya Junior 2021 U19 T20 tournament. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Ashirwad Cricket Club posted a modest 123-9 in their full quota of 20 overs and in reply Our Cricket Club made a mockery of the chase as they achieved the target in 18 overs, winning the match by 10 wickets.

The right handed opening batter Ayush Vartak stitched a 128-run opening stand with his partner Pratham, who contributed with a fluent 37 not out off 49 balls, including four boundaries. The duo ensured that there were no hiccups and steered their side to a comfortable 10-wicket win. Pratham played the perfect second fiddle to Ayush, who was looking in phenomenal touch. Ayush hammered 87 not out off just 59 balls, peppering the boundary rope 10 times, as he hit eight boundaries and two sixes.

While talking to CricketGraph the 17-year old said, “The wicket was a little damp. We were playing the second match on the same wicket that day. It was important for us to spend maximum time at the crease. We were chasing a par score of 124. Before Pratham and I stepped in to bat, our coach told us to chase the score without losing a wicket. We were determined to do so.”

Ayush further added, “The opposition employed a lot of spinners. I tried to play each ball on its merit and punished the loose balls. I am happy that I could score runs for my team and lead my team to a comprehensive win.”

Apart from Ayush and Pratham, the other top performers in the match were, Adarsh Singh, captain of Ashirwad Cricket Club, who scored an unbeaten 63 off 50 balls, including four boundaries and two sixes, and the pace bowling duo of Varad Vaze and Bhargav Patil from Ours Cricket Club. Right arm speedster Vaze picked up 2-22 in his four overs, bowling 14 dot balls, while the left arm seamer Patil scalped 3-22 in his four overs, bowling 12 dot balls.

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