Ranji Trophy final Day 2: Snell Patel leads Saurashtra fight after Pujara fails

first_img India Today Web Desk NagpurFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 17:12 IST Vidharbha still have a first innings lead of 154 runs over Saurashtra after Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 final (Umesh Yadav Instagram)Snell Patel continued his cracking form in the Ranji Trophy to lead Saurashtra’s fight on an attritional second day of the final against Vidarbha in Nagpur. After being reduced to 200 for 7 overnight, Vidarbha rode on Akshay Karnewar’s unbeaten 73 to post 312 all out. At stumps on Day 2, Saurashtra were 158 for 5, trailing Vidarbha by 154 runs.Saurashtra got off to a disastrous start. They lost Harvik Desai to Aditya Sarwate who finished with three big wickets. After trapping Desai LBW, Sarwate snapped up Vishvaraj Jadeja as Saurashtra slipped to 79 for 2 in the 26th over. Two runs later, Sarwate removed Cheteshwar Pujara who had guided his team into the final with his 49th hundred in the semi-final against Karnataka last week.Saurashtra had pinned their hopes on Sheldon Jackson to stand with Patel after Pujara flopped but he was dismissed for only 9. However, Snell Patel did not disappoint and brought up his third successive fifty in the Ranji Trophy.Patel had scored 85 in the semi-final against Karantaka and 72 in the quaterfinal against Uttar Pradesh.Saurashtra were in a real spot of bother after skipper Jaydev Unadkat’s sensational spell of fast bowling had left Vidarbha reeling on the opening day. The failure of Cheteshwar Pujara meant Vidarbha had a foot in the door and when Sheldon Jackson departed cheaply, the defending champions had a real edge.But Snell Patel had other ideas. A 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, Patek is playing only his 21st first-class match but he showed the confidence of a seasoned pro against a good bowling attack.advertisementHe will face a stiff challenge when play resumes on the third day – giving Snell Patel company at the other side was Prerak Mankad who was unbeaten on 16.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ranji Trophy 2018-19 finalFollow Ranji TrophyFollow Vidarbha vs SaurashtraFollow Snell PatelFollow Aditya Sarwate Ranji Trophy final Day 2: Snell Patel leads Saurashtra fight after Pujara failsRanji Trophy Final 2018-19: Snell Patel scored 86 not out as Saurashtra reached 158 for 5, trailing Vidarbha by 154 runs at stumps on Day 2. Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed for 1.advertisementlast_img read more

Tory MP briefly joins opposition chorus against massive budget bill

OTTAWA – A Conservative MP says plenty of government backbenchers share opposition concerns about the wide array of controversial measures crammed into the massive budget implementation bill.But British Columbia MP David Wilks says there’s nothing a lone member can do to defeat the bill or force the Harper government to split up its 425 pages.Wilks made the comments during a meeting Tuesday with a small group of constituents in his Kootenay-Columbia riding.Portions of the meeting were videotaped and posted online Wednesday, prompting Wilks to quickly backtrack.In the video, Wilks is urged by several constituents to vote against the omnibus budget bill, which features a host of non-budgetary measures including changes to the environmental assessment process, Old Age Security, immigration and Employment Insurance rules.But Wilks says without similar defiance from at least a dozen fellow Tories, voting against the bill would be an empty gesture that would get him booted out of the Conservative caucus.“Me doesn’t change the budget,” he tells the constituents. “If I stand up and say ‘no,’ it still passes.”Pressed by one woman to break party ranks and represent the views of his constituents on the bill, Wilks responds: “If you want me as an independent, I’ll do that.”In the candid exchange, Wilks reveals frustration over the way in which the bill has been presented.“I think you’ll find a barrage of Conservatives do hold your concerns and I am one of them,” he says. “I do believe some of (the provisions) should be separated out.”Opposition parties have dubbed the legislation a “Trojan Horse bill,” designed to sneak through a host of controversial changes to a wide array of programs with little individual scrutiny. But Wilks is the first Conservative MP to echo those concerns.Shortly after the video surfaced, Wilks was back-pedalling.“I wish to clarify my position with regard to Bill C-38, the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act,” Wilks said in a statement posted on his website.“I support this bill and the jobs and growth measures that it will bring for Canadians in Kootenay-Columbia and right across the country.”Spokesmen for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty declined to comment, saying Wilks’ statement speaks for itself.But in the video, Wilks has little good to say about the budget. Rather, he appears to agree with many of the concerns expressed by his constituents and spends considerable time explaining to that he has no choice but to support C-38 because party discipline is rigidly applied to budget bills.“There’s no argument … It doesn’t make it right but this is what happens in Ottawa.”He says it “concerns some of us backbenchers” that they’re not consulted in advance about legislation and have little opportunity, apart from 10 minutes each week during caucus meetings, to give their input. He notes that individual MPs can speak privately to cabinet ministers but suggests even that is fruitless.“At the end of the day, in my opinion, they’ve made up their mind … One MP is not going to make a difference.” by The Canadian Press Posted May 23, 2012 4:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tory MP briefly joins opposition chorus against massive budget bill read more