Kings’ Cricket Academy beat ICC Academy by four wickets in the final to win the 2019 ICC Academy Tournament for U16s played at the ICC Oval ground in Dubai.
After winning the toss and electing to field first – as Kings’ have done throughout the competition – ICC Academy managed to post 121-5 in 20 overs.
Hamad Arshad was the most successful bowler for Kings’, picking up 2-23.
Kings’ reply was held together by man-of-the-match Chris Sequeira who top-scored with 64 in 52 balls before finally being caught out before he could score the winning runs which Kings managed to complete in the final over at the loss of six wickets.
Sequeira had to do the bulk of the scoring as the rest of the line-up failed to make an impact. Four batsmen got out for single digit scores with the next best being 13.
Kings’ captain Arshad congratulated the ICC Academy on hosting a fantastic tournament and felt his team deserved the honour of being crowned champions as they had played some exceptional cricket from the group stages all the way to the final against some of UAE’s most talented teams.
Arshad and Sequeira were part of the Kings’ Academy side that played against Pakistan great Saeed Ajmal’s Academy a couple of weeks back.
The two were among four off-spinners who spent half an hour with Pakistan spin ace Ajmal, working on the art of off-spin and fine-tuning their bowling skills.
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