2017 A Division Schools National Tournament
ACS (Independent) Retain A Division
School National Trophy With comfortable Win Over Raffles
The A Division School National final was contested between
reigning champions ACS (Independent) and Raffles institution at the CSC grounds
on 15 and 16 May 2017. Victoria JC took on SJI International for 3rd
place at the IA grounds. The matches which were interrupted by rain on 15th
were completed on the 16th.
RI won the toss and elected to field. The ACS (Independent)
openers Shardul and Yuvraj gave a brisk start scoring 25 runs by the fifth over
when Yuvraj got out stumped trying a big shot. RI tightened their bowling after
that as they took wickets in quick succession, reducing ACS to 32 for 3 by the
seventh over. Anirudh was batting confidently at one end when Suyash joined
him. The pair batted cautiously taking the score to 52 when Suyash got runout
going for a needless run. Vikas then joined Anirudh and the pair started to bat
confidently and started to attack the RI spinners. They were particularly
severe on Karthik who was hit for 16 runs in his final over. Anirudh batted
with great responsibility playing himself in initially and once set he began to
attack the bowling. His strokeful innings of 39 came off 41 balls and had 1
four and 3 sixes. Vikas who supported Anirudh scored 14 off 15 balls with 2
huge sixes. ACS (Independent) who at one stage were looking to get around 80
managed to get to a fighting total of 110/ 6 off their 20 overs. For RI, Dineru
and Karthik claimed 2 wickets each. When RI were about to respond, it started
to rain. The rain pelted on the game and the organisers, after discussion with
the respective schools, agreed to continue the following day.
RI started off with their two strong openers, Mustafa and
Abdul Rahman who had been in excellent form in the Semi-Final against VJC.
Anirudh who had starred with the bat got the crucial wicket of Rahman for 9. Mustafa
who made a confident 17 off 16 balls was brilliantly caught by Shardul off the
bowling of skipper Somil. Karthik came in and started to play some confident
shots straight away. He looked on course to take his team to a win when an
extraordinary catch from Shehzad off Yuraj bowling, ended his innings.
Karthik’s 24 runs came off 21 balls and he hit two fours and two big sixes.
After his wicket, the ACS bowlers started to take control of the proceedings.
Nicholas got the RI captain Ahaan caught behind without scoring and Yuvraj got into
the act claiming two crucial wickets. Shardul who was then introduced into the
bowling, immediately met success claiming two wickets to end the RI innings and
send the ACS team into frenzied celebrations. The all-round abilities of the
ACS boys proved too much for the RI team and ultimately the better team
prevailed. ACS (Independent) comfortably retained the title winning by 29 runs.
Yuvraj Singh was the most successful bowler for ACS with 3 for 20 while skipper
Somil and Shardul each chipped in with two wickets.
Brief Scores: ACS (Independent) 110 for 6 in 20 overs.
Anirudh Ganesh 39, Vikas Arunachalam 15, Dineru Priyalal 2 for 25, Karthik
Mohan 2 for 24.
RI 81 all out in 17 2 overs. Mustafa Anis 17, Karthik Mohan
24, Somil Batavia 2 for 21, Yuvraj Singh 3 for 20, Shardul Dorwat 2 for 2.
ACS (Independent) won by 29 runs.
Victoria JC claims 3rd
place in A Division Schools National tournament 2017
In the match for 3rd place, SJII won the toss and
elected to field. VJC got off to a good start with their opener, Sachin scoring
an attacking 49 in 31 balls ( 5 x 4’s) and putting on a 71 run opening stand
with Adit who scored 18. The VJC middle order batsman V. Somesh scored a brisk 55
off 38 balls with 4 boundaries. With useful partnerships VJC managed to get to
a huge score of 181 for 9 in their 20 overs. Rajat Khote was the main wicket
taker for SJII with 4 for 44. Ashwin supported him well with 2 for 34.
SJII in their reply could not keep up the pace with the
required rate and kept losing wickets regularly. Shane their top batsman got
out for 17. Ashwin top scored for SJII with 23 runs. Both Sachin and Somesh who
had excelled with the bat shone with the ball too claiming 2 wickets each. Victoria
JC victorious by 91 runs.
Victoria JC 181 for 9 in 20 overs. Sachin Ajayan 49, V.
Somesh 55, Rajat Khote 4 for 44, Ashwin Srinivasan 2 for 34.
SJI International 90 for 9 in 20 overs. Shane Lavindu 18,
Ashwin Srinivasan 23, Sachin Ajayan 2 for 18, V. Somesh 2 for 6.
Victoria JC won by 91 runs.
Mr. Adolphus Tan Principal, St. Patrick School the GOH for
the finals gave away the trophies to the 4 teams ACS, RI, VJC and SJII.
The SCA would like to thank all the schools that took part, teachers
and coaches of the respective schools, IA and CSC and the Match officials for
their contribution towards the successful culmination of the A Division School