Cricket round-up: Arjun scores 70 against Tendulkar XI

A stroke-filled 70 by left-hander Arjun Tendulkar and his 132-run opening partnership with Aakash Savla (54) failed to help his team Shastri XI gain the all-important first innings lead against Tendulkar XI in the Dilip Vengsarkar Foundation Cup U-14 cricket tournament being played in Mahul, Chembur on Wednesday.

Tendulkar XI had earlier declared their innings at 282 for 7 and their rivals after the early flourish just folded up adding only 42 runs thereafter. The second match of the tournament remained inconclusive as Gavaskar XI chasing Vengsarkar XI's total of 278/3 managed to escape by the skin of their teeth, finishing the day at 258/9.

The players who really excelled on the day were all-rounders Tanush Kotian and Yash Joshi for Tendulkar XI. The former after contributing 36 with the bat decimated the opposition grabbing 4/24 with his off spin while the latter who had top-scored with 74 proved equally devastating with his leg spin, finishing with a bag of 4/26. Vaishnav Narvekar of Vengsarkar XI was the only centurion in the first round. He scored an unbeaten 101 whereas his partner Sarvesh Surve missed his ton by a mere six runs after which their captain applied the closure which may have cost them a well-deserved win in the end.

Brief Scores: Tendulkar XI 282/7 decl. (Yash Joshi 74, Suyog Godbole 53, Aditya Jha 41) & 33/2 bt Shastri XI 174 (Arjun Tendulkar 70, Aakash Savla 54; Tanush Kotian 4/24, Yash Joshi 4/26); Vengsarkar XI 278/3 decl. (Vaishnav Narvekar 101 n.o., Sarvesh Surve 94 ) drew with Gavaskar XI 258/9 (Om Jadhav 74, ; Aakash Malbari 3/42).

Shinde shines bright in Mangrol win

LED by a strokeful 168 by Aakash Shinde, Mangrol SC recorded the only outright win in the first round of the Santosh Kumar Ghosh U/16 cricket tournament organized by Sporting Union club and Kalyandas Memorial Sports Foundation. Playing at the Azad Maidan, Mangrol scored 289 and then bundled out Aarey CC for 100 in the second innings to register a victory by an innings and 97 runs. Mayuresh Mule with impressive figures of 6/47 was the chief destroyer for Mangrol while Neel Chitalia and Dharmik Gandhi scored valiant half-centuries.

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