Vartak fights it out while pacer Amol Patil bags 8 wkts haul in the D Div Kanga League’19
Jolly Cricketers after being made to bat first at the Cross Maidan MB Union wicket were all out for 95 runs in 24.2 overs. The bowlers bowled tight providing wickets at regular intervals. Atharva Bhosale (3/9), Amol Patil (3/33) and Hitesh Chorghe (3/28) were the pick of the bowlers for MB Union CC.
Trailing 96, MB Union were in for a deep trouble with 4 down for just 20 runs on the board thanks to some quality fast bowling by Ravi Shinde and Akash Kharvi. Ayush Vartak who came when team was struggling at 19/3 was doing good defence making small partnerships. However, he suffered a serious blow to his leg after trying to dive in the quest to clinch a quick single.
His leg dripped in blood, Ayush just took on the first aid and kept on batting till 4 pm until his team equaled the total with the opposition. MB Union from 4/20 surpassed the 1st innings trail scoring 97/9 in 34.2 overs thanks to some fighting knocks by Ayush Vartak (29) and Hitesh Chorghe (20) at the middle order. Ayush was run out while trying to take the winning run but his team eventually won the match on 1st innings lead.
Ravi Shinde with 6/32 in 13.2 overs had made life hostile for the MB Union batsman as he displayed a quality spell of fast bowling, however the fighting spirit of MB Union players & especially young Ayush ensured their team clinch a memorable win which they shall remember for a long long time.
In the 2nd innings, Jolly Cricketers batted for 16.1 overs for the loss of 5 wkts and all the wickets were taken by left-arm spinner Amol Patil who took 5/20 in 8.1 overs coupled with 5 maidens. Post match, Vartak got a scolding from the doctor as well as 5 official stitches.