MI Junior Cricket Tournament Day 8: All-round Kanukale stars in Cardinal’s close win

Cardinal Gracias High School, Bandra kept their nerves to eke out a thrilling two-wicket win over Gokuldham High School, Goregaon in an Under-14 Boys match of the Mumbai Indians Junior Cricket Tournament at Cross Maidan on Wednesday.

Cardinal bowler Heramb Kanukale bagged four wickets to restrict his opponents to a meagre 74 runs. He then top scored with 12 runs for his team, playing his part in a tricky low-scoring chase. Yuvraj Gupta was the other batsman to reach double figures as Cardinal reached the target in 23.4 overs after losing eight wickets. Kanukale’s destructive bowling at Youth’s Own Union pitch and useful contribution with the bat won him 'Player of the Match' award.

Shreyansh Hirlekar of Swami Vivekanand International School, Kandivali lit up the Sunder C.C. pitch at Cross Maidan with a classy ton. The batsman scored 128 runs to star in his school’s massive 183-run win over NG Vartak High School, Virar.

Riding on ‘Player of the Match’ Hirlekar’s impressive hundred, Swami Vivekanand made 291/3 in 33 overs. Pranav Sawant (67) supported him well with a half-century. Chasing an improbable total, the Vartak boys were never in the chase and played defensively, managing just 108/8 in 33 overs.

In another match at the National Cricket Club, St. Mary High School, Mazgaon registered an easy ten-wicket win over B.A.K. Swadhyay Bhavan, Matunga. Batting first, Swadhyay Bhavan batsmen managed just 30/7 in 10 overs. ‘Player of the Match’ Charles Menezes took three wickets to break the backbone of the Swadhyay Bhavan batting line-up.

St. Mary’s openers Prathamesh Asavle and Omar Aston made sure their team reached the winning target in 6.2 overs with unbeaten knocks of 20 and 12 respectively.

At the MB Union pitch, Vedant Mayekar of Modern English High School, Chembur took five wickets to bundle out St. Paul's High School, Dadar for 24 runs in 10.1 overs. Mayekar then scored an unbeaten eleven to star in a nine-wicket win and pick the ‘Player of the Match’ title.

Brief Scores:

U-14 Boys:

Youth's Own Union, Cross Maidan

Cardinal Gracias High School 75/8 in 30.1 (Heramb Kanukale 12, Yuvraj Gupta 10) beat Gokuldham High School (Goregaon) 74/10 in 23.4 overs, by 2 wickets.

Player of the Match: Heramb Kanukale of Cardinal Gracias High School for taking 4 wickets.

Sunder C.C., Cross Maidan

Swami Vivekanand International School (Kandivali) 291/3 in 33 overs (Shreyash Hirlekar 128, Pranav Sawant 67) beat NG Vartak High School (Virar) 108/8 in 33 overs, by 183 runs.

Player of the Match: Shreyash Hirlekar of Swami Vivekanand International School (Kandivali) for scoring 128 runs.

National C.C., Cross Maidan

St. Mary High School (Mazgaon) 33/0 in 6.2 overs (Prathamesh Asavle 20*, Omar Aston 12*) beat B.A.K. Swadhyay Bhavan (Matunga) 30/7 in 10 overs, by 10 wickets.

Player of the Match: Charles Menezes St. Mary High School (Mazgaon) for taking 3 wickets.

Karnatak, Cross Maidan

VK Krishna Menon Academy (Borivali) 278/5 in 40 overs (Tejas Yadav 78, Prem Singh 67*) beat SM Shetty High School (Powai) 75/10 in 31.2 overs, by 203 runs.

Player of the Match: Shivam Varma of VK Krishna Menon Academy (Borivali) for taking 3 wickets and scoring 29 (not out).

Western Railway, Cross Maidan

Sardar Vallabhai Patel (Kandivali) 38/1 in 4.1 overs (Harshit Yadav 16*, Vinit Jain 8*) beat St. Francis High School (Kanjurmarg) 35/10 in 15.3 overs, by 9 wickets.

Player of the Match: Varun Gohil of Sardar Vallabhai Patel (Kandivali) for taking 4 wickets.

United Cricketers, Cross Maidan

Vibgyor High ICSE (Goregaon) 36/0 in 3.1 overs (Tanish Shetty 21*, Sanshray Saraf 9*) beat CP Goenka International School 33/10 in 15.1 overs, by 10 wickets.

Player of the Match: Chirag Vakil of Vibgyor High ICSE (Goregaon) for taking 4 wickets.

M.B Union, Cross Maidan

Modern English High School (Chembur) 25/1 in 4 overs (Vedant Mayekar 11*, Adit Surve 2) beat St. Paul's High School (Dadar) 24/10 in 10.1 overs, by 9 wickets.

Player of the Match: Vedant Mayekar for taking 5 wickets and scoring 11*.

LIC, Cross Maidan

Lakshadham High School (Goregaon) 130/2 in 29 overs (Utsav Daliya 24, Sourish Deshpande 20) beat Ryan International School (Kharghar) 107/10 in 31.4 overs, by 23 runs.

Player of the Match: Shravan Mhatre of Ryan International School (Kharghar) for scoring 44 runs and taking 2 wickets.

U-16 Girls:

Worli Sports Club

Anjuman-I-Islam Mustafa Faikh High School (Turbhe) 241/5 in 17 overs (Saima Khan 18*, Safal Shaikh 12) beat Sheth Virchand Devji School (Ghatkopar) 211/7 in 18 overs by 30 runs.

Player of the Match: Safal Shaikh for taking 3 wickets and scoring 12 runs.