Rajkot: Thanks to half-centuries by Ankit Bawne and Rahul Tripathi and a splendid final over by Dominic Joseph, Maharashtra beat Saurashtra by four runs in the West Zone Vijay Hazare one-day tournament.
Maharashtra made 254 for 8 in 50 overs and then restricted Saurashtra at 250, securing four points in the match played at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground here.
Saurashtra needed nine runs in the final over with four wickets in hand and well-set Arpit Vasavada at the crease. But Dominic conceded only five runs while Saurashtra lost four wickets.
Joseph clean bowled Vasavada on the second ball and dismissed Kamlesh Makwana off the last delivery, while Dharmendra Jadeja and Jaydev Unadkat ran out in attempt to give strike to Makwana.
Vasavada made 68 facing 67 balls with three fours and a six, while Jaydev Shah (47) and Kuldeep Rawal (44) were the other notable contributors for Saurashtra.
For Maharashtra, Akshay Darekar took three wickets conceding 45 runs while Samad Fallah and Dominic Joseph grabbed two each. Earlier, Bawne (64) and Tripathi (62) rescued their team from early damage and because of their half centuries Maharashtra could post a competitive 254 runs on board.
For Saurashtra, Balkrishna Jadeja bagged three wickets giving away 71 runs.
Brief Score: Maharashtra 254 for 8 off 50 overs (Ankit Bawne 64, Rahul Tripathi 62, Balkrishna Jadeja 3 for 71) Saurashtra 250 all out off 50 overs (Arpit Vasavada 68, Jaydev Sah 47, Akshay Darekar 3 for 45).