2017 A Division Schools National Tournament

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  • 18 May 2017

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 Nationals Championship. 

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