Cambridge High School won a fourth straight UAE Exchange Centre Inter-school Under-19 title, and captain Moiz Qazi said the victory was down to “strong team belief” within the squad.
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Played at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, they defeated Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS) by 52 runs.
Mohammed Riyan, the UAE U-19 international, struck a half-century (52) and shared a 104-run stand for the opening wicket with Justin D’Souza, with Cambridge eventually posting 160-5.
ADIS in reply were bowled out for 108 in 18.2 overs.
On the field, Riyan smashed eight boundaries in his 52 off 39 balls while D’Souza made 48.
In reply, ADIS were reduced to 29-3 in five overs before Abhishek Prakash, who hit a run-a-ball 23, and opener Mohammed Israfil (21), tried to revive their innings with a 31-run stand for the fifth wicket.
However, both fell to the spin of Ashish Menon and Qazi in successive overs, reducing ADIS to 77 for six.
Earlier, Bikramjeet Singh removed ADIS opener Jonathan Figy (7) with just 20 runs on the scoresheet while Yodhin Punja struck twice nine runs later to put Cambridge in a strong position.
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