Rohit Singh leads Heriot-Watt University to Red Bull Campus Cricket glory

Nick Watkins 17/04/2018
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Skipper: UAE's Rohit Singh

The UAE’s Rohit Singh guided his team to the World Finals after an inspiring season as Heriot-Watt captain.

The young skipper, who is currently studying for his Masters having completed his degree in mechanical engineering, has experience playing for the UAE senior side, after been fast-tracked from the Under 19 team.

Speaking after the final, Singh welcomed the challenge of competing in the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals in Sri Lanka.

“The tournament has been a great success, especially having won it four times and I’ve been lucky enough to captain the side every time. Playing in Sri Lanka is much different to playing in the UAE because a lot of the players have professional contracts at that stage, so the standard in the world finals is very tough. Some of the guys are fully-contracted domestically as well even if they’re not playing for the national side to it’s highly competitive, whereas we’re only part-time or college cricketers so we don’t have as much experience as some of the opposition”.

Singh has an eye on the professional game himself and is keen to catch the eye of the IPL teams, who have previously used the Campus Cricket event to spot upcoming talent. “I was fast-tracked into the UAE senior team after captaining the UAE under-19 side”, he added. “I’ve not had the IPL come in yet but it’s a good platform to be spotted, especially in Sri Lanka. It’s about putting in a good performance and seeing what happens. The goal is to be a recognised cricketer in the world’s major leagues. I’m aiming to be the best in the UAE and then play in some of the top leagues around the world”.

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Dubai and Sharjah book places in Emirates Cricket’s inaugural ‘UAE Cricket Leagues’ Men’s T20 Final

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Dubai CC and Sharjah CC have booked their places in Saturday night’s Emirates Cricket’s Inaugural ‘UAE Cricket Leagues’ Men’s T20 series final, following solid wins over Ajman CC and Abu Dhabi CC (respectively).

Ajman won the toss and elected to bat in Friday’s first match. Ajman never seemed to find their rhythm and despite a strong partnership by Waseem Rana and Faizan Asif, which added 66-runs (off 44-balls) to the scoreboard, they had to settle for 148-runs (for loss of 9 wickets) at the end of their innings.

Dubai openers Waqas Raja and Chirag Suri replied by smashing the Ajman bowlers around the park, recording a decent partnership of 87-runs (off 66-balls).

After the opening duo walked, Adnan Ijaz and Mohammad Qasim added another 44-runs aiding the side to comfortably pass the required number to win, carding 150-runs for loss of 2-wickets (18-overs).

In the second match of the day, both Abu Dhabi and Sharjah had their sights firmly set on a final’s berth.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Sharjah’s run rate was kept well under control by a quality Abu Dhabi side. Sharjah soon found themselves at 64-runs for loss of 5-wickets toward the end of the 11th over.

A quick-fire partnership between Shaiman Anwar and Syed Ubadah, of 45-runs from 21-balls, laid the foundation for their middle and lower middle order to amass 117-runs in the remaining overs, finishing with 179-runs (loss of 7 wickets).

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Chasing a winning target of 180-runs, Abu Dhabi were subjected to a clinical performance by Sharjah’s bowlers, claiming wickets at regular intervals leading to the collapse of Abu Dhabi.

Despite a strong 31-runs (off 17-balls) which included 3-fours and 2-sixes by opener Fayyaz Ahmed, and a quick surge by Ashok Kumar, who added 38-runs (off 25-balls with 4 sixes), Sharjah restricted Abu Dhabi to 157-runs (for loss of 9-wickets) to comfortably securing their place in the Inaugural UAE Leagues T20 finals.

Tonight’s final between Dubai CC and Sharjah CC is expected to provide a scintillating display of cricket, and starts at 7pm at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Entry to watch the final is free.

Bringing together the four Councils of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai and Sharjah, the Men’s T20 series is the third series in the Inaugural UAE Cricket Leagues.

The Leagues will be played in the highly-popular formats of T20 and 50-over formats in boys, women’s and men’s categories, and will be played through a 28 match-schedule across the UAE.

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Surrey sign Dean Elgar as Mitchell Marsh replacement

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Surrey have signed South Africa’s Test opener Dean Elgar as an overseas replacement for the injured Mitchell Marsh in April and May.

Australia all-rounder Marsh is ruled out for at least the start of the county campaign due to an ankle injury that requires surgery.

Elgar will therefore join Surrey ahead of their County Championship opener against Hampshire next Friday.

The batsman, who has amassed 3,194 runs with 11 centuries at an average of 42.58 in 49 Tests for the Proteas, will be absent for the four-day clash against Worcestershire next month due to a prearranged commitment.

But the 30-year-old will be in contention for Surrey’s three other fixtures in the championship and five in the One-Day Cup before the start of June.

Elgar, who had a stint at Surrey three years ago, said on the county’s official website: “I am really grateful for the opportunity to be back at Surrey for the start of the summer.

“I hope to contribute for the period I am at the club, on and off the field, and I’m looking forward to seeing all involved at the great club again.”

Director of cricket Alec Stewart added: “Given the news that Mitch Marsh will need ankle surgery, to be able to bring someone of Dean’s calibre to the club, at such short notice, for the first period of the season is a real bonus.

“We know Dean well after his time with us in 2015 and his international quality and experience will be a real asset.”

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