Double delight for Abu Dhabi Indian High School

Denzil Pinto 09:44 16/11/2014
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Abu Dhabi Indian High School con­tinued their impressive winning streak in the latest round of the Sport360° National School League yesterday.

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Playing at the Nursery Ovals of the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, the under-13 side beat Merryland School by eight wickets.

Nooran Thakur, Sailles Jais­hankar, Nishant Saravanan and Athul Murali claimed a wicket each as Merryland were restricted to 78-6 in their 15 overs.

In reply, Jaishankar (22 not out) led run charge and along with 32 extras, guided Abu Dhabi Indian High School home for their third straight victory.

Later, their under-15 team made it a day to remember for the school with a dominant all-round nine-wicket win against Al Bateen Chargers.

Nikhil Biju was the stand-out bowler for Abu Dhabi Indian High School as he claimed three wickets to dismiss Chargers for 74.

Only Nayan Muhammad (14) and Sai Danthankani (10) reached dou­ble figures in an innings that saw four run-outs.

Jonathan Figy (28 n.o., 3x4s) top-scored for Abu Dhabi Indian High School, taking his team home comfortably in just eight overs. Akhilesh Ramesh (16) and captain Aryan Ahmed (7 n.o.) made valu­able contributions and the school’s coach SB Dey was thrilled with both his team’s performances.

“It was a tough contest and the players performed really well,” said Dey of the under-13 team’s win.

“It’s still the early stages of the tournament and the boys know they will have to improve if they want to win the tournament because we have only faced the teams from Abu Dhabi.”

Speaking of the under-15 display, Dey added: “The boys did extremely well. The opposition provided a real test for the players and they showed great determination.

“The team will want to keep improving and we have made the school proud so far. We have come here to test ourselves and now want to win the title.”

And Ahmed echoed his coach’s views. He said: “It feels really good and to play in the tournament for the first time and win all our games is a great achievement. It was a dif­ficult game and we worked very hard on our training and that paid off.”

Meanwhile, PAK Eagles under-15 also maintained their all-win record in the competition by beat­ing Efians Army by eight wickets.

Haji Rehman shone with the ball, claiming four wickets as Efians Army struggled to reach 105-9.

PAK Eagles batsmen were rarely troubled as Sanaullah Sher (57) stepped up with a fluent half-cen­tury.

The opener, who was adjudged man of the match, struck eight boundaries and one maximum in his 35-ball knock.

Sher paid tribute to his team-mates for the victory.

He said: “It’s a great achievement to win this game and we want to keep this run going.

“The whole team played very well in all departments and we can’t wait until the next game.”

In other matches, ISC Abu Dhabi Unicorns beat Merryland School by four wickets in their under-15 encounter, and Cambridge Pan­thers under-13s sealed a 17-run win over BSAK Oryxes.

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