NSL cricket Week 7 Dubai - January 14, 2017

Sport360 staff 16/01/2017

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Red-hot form: Brandon Martis.

Coming up against a DIA Wolves side, who were appearing in their third straight quarter-final, last season’s U-15 champions had a frustrating time at the crease.

Their cause wasn’t helped by Wolves’ Hrithik Bhatia and Akbar Khan, who made things difficult with their bowling variations.

Despite losing an early wicket, Martis upped the ante with a blistering 68-run knock from just 46 deliveries.

His runs were crucial considering only he and Mohammed Ajmal (40) reached double figures in their challenging score of 150-7.

Wolves were 30-4 inside seven overs before Fernandes took charge, finishing with figures of 3-6 while Vishal Raj’s three-wicket haul sealed the 35-run victory.

For Martis, it was his second half-century and having not been part of the squad last year, the 17-year-old is desperate to get his hands on the trophy. “It’s a good feeling to score big,” said Martis, who has already hit a century in the group stage this season.

“I wasn’t part of the winning team last year and I want to take the team all the way to the end.”

Next up for Zenith is an intriguing last-four clash against SKBZ Pak Eagles.

The Abu Dhabi outfit made the long trip to Dubai with a perfect record and that continued after a comfortable win against JC Heat.

Mohammad Anwar’s 70 runs proved to be the difference, smashing 10 boundaries and a maximum off just 41 balls to help his team post 169-8 in their 20 overs.

Yuvraj Jaisingh (45) top-scored for Heat but it wasn’t enough.

In the other semi-final, it will be another DPS derby as rivals Falcons and Sharjah meet for a place in the January 30 final.

Rohit Bokhil’s three-wicket haul saw DPS Sharjah defeat Dubai’s Modernite by 61 runs.

Falcons ended Cambridge’s run on their debut as Harsh Bobade’s patient 48-run knock saw them chase their 99-run target down with nine wickets to spare.

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DPS Sharjah Under-14s celebrate their victory over Falcons.

Not only are they through to their second consecutive semi-final but also claimed the bragging rights over their rivals DPS Falcons following their thrilling seven-wicket triumph at The Sevens, Dubai.

History between the two teams has always produced closely-fought encounters and Saturday’s clash was no different.

After Falcons recovered from 45-3 to reach 77-7 in their 15 overs, Sharjah would have fancied their chances of an easy run chase.

Instead, Falcons made it tough for their rivals with Harsh Bobade striking in the first over to remove Arkandeep Das for a duck before Zahan Zahir was run out.

When Tanishq Babu claimed his side’s third wicket, the game was still in the balance with Sharjah needing 35 from 30 deliveries.

But it was one crucial over that saw the game turn in Sharjah’s favour. With 18 balls remaining, opener Nathan Shibu (25no) and skipper Nikhil Ratesar (20no) took charge to score a mammoth 19 runs in the 12th over to seal victory.

“I think that over was the difference,” admitted Ratesar. “Before that we were behind the run-rate and needed boundaries and those runs helped us to the semi-finals.

“Overall, it’s good to go through. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy and we needed that test to get the best out of us.”

The reward for Ratesar and Co is a semi-final against Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS) on Friday.

The capital outfit arrived at the stadium nearly one and half-hours ahead of their last-eight match against IHS Knights and the extra practice paid off.

Sailles Jaishankar and Nathan D’Mello were in red-hot form with the ball, sharing five wickets between them as Knights reached 66. Skipper Nooran Thakur (32) and D’Mello (19) set up the chase to ease to a nine-wicket triumph.

Despite the big margin of victory, Thakur insists there’s still a lot of work to do. “They played very well and put us under pressure,” said the 13-year-old. “But we stuck together and our hard work paid off but there’s room for improvement.”

Completing the last four line-up are Modernite and Our Own Zenith.

Two-time U-13 champions Modernite overcame BRS Tigers by 27 runs with Varun Ravi top-scoring with 21.

The Dubai side face a stern test against Zenith, who overcame GOOIS Warriors by eight wickets thanks to a captain’s knock of 46 not out from Shoun Roger.

The all-rounder is happy his side passed the first hurdle. “They put a bit of pressure on us early on but we kept scoring the runs,” he said.

“We’ve been trying a long time to be in the semis and go on and win the cup and it’s great to be here.”

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