Sportsweek win thriller against Nayal Borim
Sportsweek CC, Margao got the better of Nayal Borim by 3 runs in a nail-biting finish in the first round of 31st Nanda Lolayekar Cricket Trophy at Nirakar grounds, Mashem.
Needing 4 runs to win in the last over, with one wicket in hand, leg spinner Prashant Lotlikar (3 for 13) induced the batsman to hole up at midwicket where Gaurav Naik took his third catch of the match facilitating an exciting win for Sportsweek.
Winning the toss and batting first, the Sportsweek skipper Showmik Angle led from the front as he scored a strokeful 42. Tight Borim bowling ensured that the Sportsweek wickets fell at regular intervals and only Akshay Kamat stood tall with 33 till he was run out.
The Sportsweek innings folded up for 173 in 35 overs. Stanley Fernandes was the most successful bowler with 2 for 29.
Sportsweek fought back by claiming 4 wickets for 60 but Paresh Angolkar (29) and Mahesh Raikar (41) stitched a 60 -run partnership which was broken by Videsh Usgaonkar. Thereafter wickets started falling regularly with Nayal Borim batsmen closing in on the target score until Prashant finished the match for Sportsweek.
Mohit Naik (2 for 23), Videsh Usgaonkar (2 for 21), Askshay Kamat (2 for 25), Digesh Angle (1 wkt) bowled well for Sportsweek. [NT]