NSL Quarter Finals Dubai, January 13, 2017

Sport360 staff 15/01/2017

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DIA Wolves confident of stopping Our Own Zenith’s charge

Denzil Pinto 12/01/2017
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Carrying the load: Hrithik Bhatia.

For the third straight season, Wolves find themselves in the last-eight stage after finishing top of their group with three wins out of three. The Dubai outfit meet the Sharjah side – last season’s Under-15 champions who have already been beaten in the group stage. Having been encouraged by what he’s seen in training so far including Hrithik Bhatia’s form,  Bhagat feels his troops are capable of delivering the killer blow to Zenith’s championship hopes.

“We’ve done well so far and have been in the top eight sides before but now we want to go far as possible,” he said ahead of the Under-17 quarter-final.

“We have been studying their players carefully and we feel we can pull off a big win.”

Zenith coach Vijay Prakash Jugran believes the best is still to come but was wary of Wolves.

“They are good strong side who have done well in the competition so far, so we know it won’t be easy for us. We have some good players who are in form but let’s see what happens on Friday,” he said.

For JC Heat, they have had to deal with a busy exam schedule ahead of their quarter-final against PAK Eagles but their coach Kyle Dawson insists they are raring to go.

“This is the first time we’ve been in the knockouts and the boys are really excited,” he said.

Eagles’ Khalid Mahmood sits fifth in the batting charts with 160 runs and Dawson believes a stern test awaits his side.

“We don’t know much about PAK Eagles but the boys have been looking at their stats and they know what they are in for.”

In the other matches on Saturday at the Sevens, DPS Falcons take on debutants Cambridge, while Dubai’s Modernite meet DPS Sharjah.

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Spotlight on DPS derby as teams target spot in U14 semis

Denzil Pinto 12/01/2017
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Previous meetings have proven to be closely-fought and Saturday’s clash at The Sevens, Dubai, is expected to be no different considering both sides were dominant in the group stages.

Winning has become a habit for the two teams and their latest battle has added an extra bit of spice given they will go into the game with a 100 per cent record.

With an opportunity to end their opponents’ title dream, both coaches know the players have to be at their very best if they want to be celebrating another victory.

“We are confident of winning but it’s up to the players what they do on the day,” said Falcons coach Prosanta Chanda, who has Harsh Bobade (112) — the second highest run-scorer – in his team.

“It will be a good challenge and we’ll give our best.”

His opposite number, Ayub Iqbal has not had much time to work with his boys but insists they will be up for the task.

“We only just started school meaning we’ve not had much training,” said Iqbal, who will be hoping Aryansh Sharma can make another big unbeaten score after his 30-run knock in the last group game.

“But that shouldn’t be a problem because by the time they play, they will have had a lot of time on the training field and for sure they don’t want to lose this derby.”

Meanwhile, Shoun Roger will be looking to carry on his fine form when his Our Own Zenith side meet GOOIS Warriors on Friday.

The all-rounder has been sensational, topping the runs (164) and wickets (16) tallies but GOOIS coach Suraj Bhuvanendran believes Roger isn’t the only threat his players should be wary of.

“We are not concentrating on one person,” he said. “We know about their players and they have a lot of match winners but we’ll stick to our game plan and try and win the game.”

Last season’s U-13 champions Modernite are aiming for their fourth straight triumph against Abu Dhabi’s BRS Tigers, who’ve already lost once this season.

Completing the line-up is Abu Dhabi Indian School’s clash against Dubai’s IHS Knights.

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