Sport | Cricket

Indian High School, Our Own Al Warqaa in inter-school final

Four wicket spells from Sheik and Priyadarshan ensure win for the finalists

  • By K.R. Nayar, Chief Cricket Writer
  • Published: 18:10 May 13, 2013
  • Gulf News

Sharjah: Indian High School, Dubai will meet Our Own School, Al Warqa in the final of Maxtalent Global Vision Cup boys under-17 inter-school tournament, to be held in Sharjah on Monday.

Indian High School, Dubai beat Gems Modern Academy in their semi-final match, by three wickets. A deadly four-wicket spell by Indian High School’s Sahil Shaikh was instrumental in the collapse of Gems, who are generally considered to be one of the strongest among UAE’s inter-school cricket teams.

Our Own, Al Warqa made it to the final by defeating Our Own, Sharjah by 22 runs, aided by a four-wicket spell from Priyadarshan.

Indian High vs Gems Modern

It was a day when nothing went right for the Gems team, starting from the toss. Put into bat by the Indian High School, they lost the wicket of their star batsman Karthik Dudeja very early. Sahil Shaikh piled pressure on the Gems batsmen by taking four wickets from his four overs, giving away just 21 runs.

Gems skipper Anjaneya Malpani tried his best to lift his school out of trouble through a knock of 42 runs off 56 balls. Sushain Thapad too chipped in with 23 runs, but by the end of the 20th over they could muster only 99 runs for eight wickets.

Indian High School reached the target in 17.4 overs, with Shaun Kachroo and Kumal Thakwani scoring 17 runs each.

Our Own, Al Warqa vs Our Own, Sharjah

In the second semi-final, the Our Own, Al Warqaa players rose to the challenge when it mattered. Rishi Ramachandani hit 66 runs in just 36 balls with four boundaries and three huge sixes. Jithesh Gangwani scored 23 runs.

Our Own, Sharjah were well on their way to the target but Priyadarshan’s deadly spell ruined the party. Priyadarshan was well supported by Hemant Shaji, who bagged three wickets. Our Own, Sharjah were bowled out for 124 runs. Aaron George was the top scorer with 37 runs, followed by Ravi Bhupendra, who scored 23 runs.

Gulf News