Mumbai: Aran Giridhar recorded the first century knock of the tournament and powered St. Mary’s School to an overwhelming 136-run victory against Aditya Birla World Academy in a second round Group-A league match of the inaugural Bombay Gymkhana Inter-School T20 Cricket Tournament, played at the Gymkhana’s ground.
Aditya Birla deciding to field first were unable to trouble the St. Mary’s batters. Aran Giridhar batted confidently and smashed the rival bowling attack to all corners of the park as he scored a rapid 110 runs from just 67 balls and with 20 well-timed hits to the boundary. Aarav Rawte contributed with a quick 40 runs. Nirvaan Jhaveri (2 for 39) was the lone Aditya Birla bowler who was not taken for too many runs.
The Aditya Birla batsmen found the target very stiff and they lost wickets in heap and were dismissed for 74 in 17.2 overs. St. Mary’s bowlers Benjamin Sinate (2 for 12), Arham Parekh (3 for 15) and Khuswan Anklesaria (2 for 10) did the damage.
In a Group-B encounter, Cathedral & John Connon registered another easy win defeating G.D. Somani Memorial School by 10 wickets.
Batting first G.D. Somani were restricted to 70 for 9 wicket in 20 overs and Cathedral & John Cannon School comfortably chased the total making 71 runs without losing a wicket.
Brief scores: St. Mary’s School 210 for 3 wicket in 20 overs (Aran Giridhar 110 (67b, 20×4), Aarav Rawte 40, Nirvaan Jhaveri 2 for 39) beat Aditya Birla World Academy 74 all out in 17.2 overs (Benjamin Sinate 2 for 12, Arham Parekh 3 for 15, Khuswan Anklesaria 2 for 10) by 136 runs.
G.D. Somani Memorial School 70 for 9 wicket in 20 overs (Neil Verma 17, Arnav Bakshi 2 for 11, Amay Sanghvi 2 for 14, Arjun Munot 2 for 13) lost to Cathedral & John Cannon School 71 for no loss (Varun Desai 38*, Rohit Jogani 26*) by 10 wickets.