Captain Ayaan Khan led from the front as Our Own English High School Sharjah defeated DPS Dubai by 55 runs to win the Under-12 Maxtalent Vision Cup.
Winning the toss, Our Own English High School batted first and Khan took charge by hitting 65 runs off 56 deliveries and along with a quick-fire 24-run knock off Madhav Nair, saw them reach a competitive total of 143-5 in their 20 overs.
DPS Dubai would have fancied their chances of chasing the scores especially after Ayaam Verma and Aradhya Dubey put on a opening stand of 261 in their first game. But they struggled to make an impact when it mattered. Verma was two runs short before falling for 48 while Sreeram Veera hit 17 as Aryan Saxena took the batsmen apart with figures of 4-15.
There was more reason to celebrate for Khan after he was adjudged Player of the Tournament after scoring 284 runs and taking seven wickets in four matches.
Mayank T. from GEMS Millennium Sharjah was named best bowler with 10 scalps, while Verma won the best batsman accolade with 297 runs.
It was also the first time that Maxtalent trialled their new rule of allowing all 14 players to feature in a match. And head coach Sudhakar Shetty was delighted with the feedback it got from players and coaches.
“Maxtalent Global Sports have been the pioneers when it comes to innovation of the game and the 14-member playing rule has yet again proved to be a move which will not only enhance and optimize the full strength of the team but also provide opportunity to all,” he said.
Dubai College and The British School Al Khubairat (BSAK) made the UAE proud as the two schools beat strong international competition to be crowned joint-champions at the COBIS Secondary Games in England.
23 schools from across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East travelled to Sheffield for the annual competition where they tested themselves against their peers in swimming, athletics and football.
BSAK, as two-time defending champions, were the team to beat but they lived up to their expectations by claiming a hat-trick and sharing the top position with their UAE neighbours Dubai College, who claimed their best result in the competition with 660 points. St Catherine’s School of Athens joined them on the podium after finishing third with 570 points.
For three-time champions BSAK, they made a big splash in the pool with a number of medals across different disciplines. Among those were Lily MacDonald, who finished first in the girls’ 50m backstroke, while Omar Azlan was quickest in the boys’ category. Their girls’ 200m medley relay side added to the tally in a UAE 1-2-3 as Dubai College’s B and A sides finished second and third respectively.
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Dubai College A continued to be a threat and were rewarded for their efforts by claiming gold in the girls’ 200m freestyle final to finish runners-up.
But, 24 hours later, Dubai College ‘A’ went one better as they excelled in track and field to win the athletics competition. Among the winners were Harriet Davies (1,500m), Lia Warren (long jump), Ali Madhi Mahdji (shot put) and Anna Johnstone (800m). For BSAK, Neve Woodward took to the track by storm, winning three individual medals.
Going into the third and final, it was still all to play for in the football competition. While BSAK were crowned champions, Dubai College’s third place finish was enough to claim joint-top position.
For Mike McFarlane, head coach of BSAK, he had nothing but praise for the individuals. He said: “I am so proud of the performances the whole squad put in across all three sports, consistently breaking personal bests. To witness their resilience, grit and determination as well as the teamwork and collaboration as a squad was incredible and was the key foundation for their success over the weekend.
“It’s a fantastic showcase of the talent and opportunities available in the UAE, with Dubai College’s two teams, and BSAK, pushing each other the whole way to eventually sharing the honours.”
Lydia Clohesy, head of PE at Dubai College, added: “The Dubai College teams represented extremely well in Sheffield. Their commitment to training in preparation for the Games has certainly paid off. It was wonderful to see so many of our students achieving outstanding results, while supporting and cheering for other students beyond their own team-mates.”
Batting first, Our Own High School Al Warqa posted a competitive total of 188-3 with Sharafu scoring 101 off 48 deliveries. The captain was well supported by Pranav Rajendran, who was unfortunately to miss his half-century after falling for 49 in his 51 deliveries. Ayan Khan, Archit Rajesh and Aditya Nair all took one wicket each.
In their chase, Our Own English High School Sharjah fell short of their target with Deepak Raj top-scoring with 42 runs from his 41 balls. His team reached 111-7 at the end of their 20 overs with Pranav Rajendran, Pranav Manoj, Adish Vidhu and Joet Joseph all taking a scalp each.
There was more reason for Sharafu to celebrate after he picked up three personal awards. The all-rounder was named player of the final and also earned the best batsman and best player of the tournament accolades. For Ayan, he was named best bowler after taking seven wickets in five matches.