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Uthappa shines on Star CC's England tour

MUMBAI, JULY 5. Karnataka's Robin Uthappa was the top run-getter for Star Cricket Club during its recent one-month tour of England. The right-hander scored 740 runs with two centuries and five half centuries.

Mumbai's Sushant Marathe (565 runs), Rohan Saldhana (403), Sarvesh Damle (310), Madhya Pradesh's Himalaya Sagar (545) and Vidarbha's Afzal Owamir (400) were also in good nick on the tour.

Madhya Pradesh off spinner Amol Kokje was the leading wicket-taker on the tour for Star CC, taking 36 wickets while Mumbai left arm spinner Raunak Sachdeva had 24 wickets to his name. Madhya Pradesh's Avjit Singh Verma performed well with the bat and ball scoring 315 runs and taking 14 wickets.

Star CC played 16 of the 20 scheduled matches. It won 13 and lost three to Kent 2nd XI and to Scotland East and Scotland West. It beat representative sides of MCC, Scotland `A', Warwickshire League XI, Essex XI, Joe Hussein's XI and Featherstone CC.

Indian Oil, Air India, Blow Plast and J.M. Baxi sponsored the tour.

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