Riding high after a brilliant 203 runs stand for seventh wicket between Nilesh Bhoir and Sachin Shinde,Mumbai Police denied Western Railway ‘B’ an outright victory on the final day of the Times Shield ‘A’ division cricket tournament played at Police Gymkhana on Thursday. Earlier,resuming on 73 for 2,Police needed 277 runs more to avoid innings defeat. After being 137 for six one stage,Police came back strongly with Bhoir and Shinde coming in rescue act.
In his unbeaten knock of 137,Bhoir faced 230 balls which had 26 fours at the ropes while Shinde was on crease for 224 minutes and struck six sixes and nine four in his patient innings.
Meanwhile,Air India was the only team to record an out right victory on the third day. They defeated Tata Sports Club by an innings and 93 runs to collect six points,which includes a bonus.
The former champions Tata were yet again bowled out for a paltry score of 151 with southpaw Nikhil Patil being the top scorer with 48.
At Mahalaxmi ground,Central Railway’s once again manage to go home with a draw against BPCL. Central paid the price of casual approach as top-order Milind Tamhane,Kamran Chaudhry and Sushant Manjrekar failed to click. Musavir Khote,who scored his second half-century of the game,came to the his teams rescue once again.
Group ‘A’: Air-India 379 bt Tata Sports Club 135 & 151 (Nikhil Patil 48,Mundeep Mangela 4-22,Ankit Chavan 3-43) by an innings and 93 runs; BPCL 447 for 9 decl. drew with Central Railway 209 & 181 for 6 (Harshad Rawle 76 n.o.,Muasavir Khote 51,Nikhil Rathod 41; Avishkar Salvi 3-36).
Group B’: D.Y. Patil 306 & 307 for 7 decl. (Shoaib Shaikh 65,Siddharth Chitnis 93,Abhishek Raut 49,Ashok Kadam 34; Rajesh Pawar 4-79) drew with Indian Oil 313 for 9 decl. (Rajesh Pawar 50); WR ‘B’ 546 drew with Mumbai Police 164 and 420 for 9 (Rajesh Tandel 43,Nilesh Bhoir 137 n.o.,Sachin Shinde 104; Rahul Thakur 4-114,Sanjay Bangar 4-75) .