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Madhav Apte inaugurates Sportstar Trophy

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Madhav Apte, former India Test opening batsman and Mumbai Ranji captain, talked about playing hard but fair when addressing Mumbai U-19 cricketers at the inauguration of the 26th Sportstar Trophy. “Winning is important, but that’s not the only thing you should aim for. Remember it is only a game, not life and death. Play hard but obey the rules of the game,” he said on Wednesday at the Vengsarkar Cricket Academy, Oval Maidan. He interacted with four captains: Prasad Pawar (Vijay Manjrekar XI), Shivam Mishra (Vijay Merchant XI), Mitesh Rane (Dattu Phadkar XI), Sanket Jadhav (Khandu Rangnekar XI).

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) shortlists talented junior players for inclusion in four teams, named after cricket greats and performances in this tournament are considered for selection to the Mumbai U-19 squad. “You are fortunate to be playing in the Sportstar Trophy at this age. Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar have played in this tournament earlier and went on to represent Mumbai and India, so this is now your chance to make the most of it,” said Apte, who averaged 49.27 in seven Test appearances for India against Pakistan (home) and West Indies (away).

The ex-India opener, credited with 163 not out in the third Test at Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, asked the youngsters to gain motivation from the names under whom four teams in Sportstar Trophy are named. Vijay Hazare was Apte’s captain on the 1952-53 West Indies tour. “Greats like him were motivation for us then, now their deeds should be inspiring you.” he said. Ace batsman Vijay Manjrekar was his teammate on the same tour, pitting collective skills against West Indies for whom Sir Frank Worrell, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes, Sonny Ramadhin, Alf Valentine, Jeffrey Stollmeyer played. Apte batted with distinction for Mumbai in domestic cricket, spanning a career from 1951 to 1968.

Match report:

Vijay Manjrekar XI medium-pacer Amit Rao (4-48) took advantage of conditions at Elf Vengsarkar Cricket Academy where match start two hours late due to a wet wicket in the MCA U-19 Selection Trial for the 26th Sportstar Trophy on Wednesday. Wicket-keeper/batsman Vaibhav Javkar top-scored on 82 off 132 balls (eight boundaries, two sixes) coming to bat at number six in Dattu Phadkar XI score of 230 all out in 56.3 overs. Khandu Rangnekar XI were shot out for 176 in 70 overs after being asked to bat at Karnataka SA ground, Cross Maidan, in another first round league tie.

Brief scores

At Elf Vengsarkar CA, Oval Maidan: Dattu Phadkar XI 230 all out in 56.3 overs (Aishwarya Surve 39, Vaibhav Javkar 82; Amit Rao 4-48, Akshay Sawant 2-69, Durgesh Mahant 2-41) vs Vijay Manjrekar XI.

At Karnataka SA ground, Cross Maidan: Khandu Rangnekar XI 176 all out in 70 overs (Sanket Jadhav 75; Amit Pandey 3-16, Shivam Mishra 3-33) vs Vijay Merchant XI 62-1.

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