The Millennium School's Kyle Dutton takes gold in India

Denzil Pinto 22/01/2017
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Golden boy: Kyle Dutton (Centre).

Kyle Rohan Dutton is making it a habit of winning medals after clinching gold for The Millennium School (TMS) in the CBSE National Athletics meet in India.

The 16-year-old Dubai pupil lined up in the Under-17 100m duel and showed no signs of buckling under pressure in the final, crossing the finish line in an impressive 11.31 seconds.

The feat was more remarkable considering the annual competition attracted more than 2,500 athletes from India, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia at the Urmi School in Gujarat.

Dutton’s previous achievements include a long jump bronze medal in the CBSE Nationals and the youngster was thrilled to have topped the podium in India.

“The 100m was quite challenging but once I crossed the line, I felt not only ecstatic but also a sense of a big relief,” he said. “I feel honoured to bring glory to not just myself and family but to The Millenium School.”

His athletics coach, Selvarani Afsal lauded Dutton’s achievements.

She said: “It’s great to see Kyle win in India and it’s been his dedication and determination that have been the key elements to his successes so far.”

Michael Guzder, school principal of TMS, added: “It’s another feather on his cap. We wish Kyle more success in his future tournaments that he undertakes in the future.”

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Menon's incredible 161 runs sees Cambridge home

Denzil Pinto 22/01/2017
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Centurion: Vishnu Menon

Vishnu Menon smashed a blistering 161 for The Cambridge High School as they booked their passage to the semi-finals of the UAE Xchange Under-12 Abu Dhabi School League.

Venon’s 86-ball knock not only helped his team beat Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS) by 101 runs but took them to the summit of Group B at the end of the group stage at Zayed Cricket Academy grounds.

They now face Sunrise while defending champions Bright Riders will now meet Bhavans, who edged out ADIS on a superior run rate after all three teams in their group were tied on equal points.

Opening the innings, Venon was in fine format at the crease, smashing 28 fours and two sixes as Cambridge reached a mammoth total of 213-4 in their 20 overs.

In reply, ADIS could only muster 112-4 with Pratham Seetharam falling short of a half century by one run.

Earlier in the week, ADIS had bounced to defeat Bhavans by 27 runs. Elanchezhian Kaviyan produced a fine all-round performance for ADIS with an unbeaten 54-ball 42-run knock before showcasing his potential with the ball with a superb five-wicket haul.

Meanwhile, in the U-14 competition, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Pakistan School began their title defence on a winning note with a 36-run victory over Bright Riders.

Haji ur Rahman was the man in form, hitting four sixes and three fours in an entertaining 24-ball unbeaten 51 while Anwar Khan struck 31 as Pakistan School reached 153-8 in their allotted 20 overs.

Meanwhile, Sameer Vijay smashed a fine half century and grabbed two wickets for Model School to open their campaign with victory over Merryland by 12 runs.

He anchored the innings with a well-compiled 57 off 47 balls which included  five boundaries and was well supported by Rahul Alokkan (18), Mohammed Yousuf (17) and Sahal Siddik (13), who chipped in with useful contributions to reach 130-7.

In another match, half centuries from Khaja Saifuddin (59no) and Essam Ahmed (58no) set the platform for Emirates Future International as they registered a 16-run ttriumph over Bhavans.

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Wesgreen Under-11s star in Italy

Denzil Pinto 19/12/2016
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The Italian job: Wesgreen A team

Wesgreen International School will certainly not forget their tour to Italy, especially after they reigned supreme in the Under-11s Mediterranean Cup.

With the tournament attracting top international institutions, the Sharjah outfit took nothing to chance as the youths began their preparations eight weeks in advance.

And those hours on the training field yielded positive results as Wesgreen’s ‘A’ side topped their group, scoring 11 goals in their three games.

That set up a final against Italy’s EIS Rosa but Wesgreen showed no signs of buckling under pressure against the hosts.

Mohammed Farooq was in red-hot form, finding his scoring touch with a hat-trick, while strikes from Ahmed Rashed and Joachim Christensen saw Wesgreen celebrate a comprehensive 5-1 triumph.

There was more reason to celebrate for the school after their ‘B’ side finished third in the same age group.

Despite losing to their peers 6-1, the ‘B’ side responded emphatically in the third-place play-off to defeat Egypt’s SAS Alexandria 2-0.

Goals from Muhammad Shayan and Aamin Ammir were enough for Wesgreen, who gained revenge on their group defeat.

For Darren Baxter, who shared coaching duties with Yusef Patel, he had nothing but praise for both teams especially as it was the first time they went on a tour.

“We have been going to this competition for the last three years, competing in the Under-14 level but we thought it would be a good idea to enter the Under-11 sides also,” he said.

“They were fantastic and we were training hard and put in a lot of effort. They were not used to the cold weather but they performed really well and I’m really proud of them.”

He added: “It was a fantastic trip for the guys, especially as it was the first time many had travelled without their parents abroad. Although football was the primary focus, developing the boys independence was also a huge goal. I’m certain the kids will remember this trip for the rest of their life.”

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