Pakistan School champions in third attempt in the ADSL

Published on Feb 11, 2017

Twice beaten in two different age group finals, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Pakistan School finally emerged the champions of the UAE Xchange U14 Abu Dhabi School League.

They outclassed Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS) by 22 runs at the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council s Nursery Oval-1 over the weekend.

Pakistan School had earlier gone down to ADIS in the U19 final and lost to Emirates Future International in the U16 final. Their success in the U14 also meant four different schools have won the four age group titles in the tournament sponsored by UAE Exchange Centre and conducted by the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council. Bright Riders were winners of the U12 final.

Electing to bat first against ADIS, Pakistan School were given a fine start by Obaid Khan (34) and Atif Khan (16). They added 57 in nine overs for the first wicket before an undefeated 60-run stand for the fifth wicket between Anwar Khan and Mohammed Samir took their total to 142 for four. Anwar blasted 47 not out off 28 balls, highlighted by four fours and a couple of sixes, one over the long off fence and the other over deep mid-wicket. Samir s 17-ball 18 not out contained two straights hits over the ropes.

ADIS in reply lost a wicket in the very first over but recovered through a 39-run partnership for the second wicket between Nathan D Mello (20) and Arthik Bhatt (17). After that partnership ended, ADIS lost wickets at regular intervals to be all out for 120. Rohin Bajaj produced a little cameo 11-ball knock 20 with three fours and a six, but that was only a consolation as Pakistan School had the game firmly under control.

Pakistan School also swept all the individual awards. Anwar won both the Player of the Final and Player of the Tournament trophies while Haji Ur Rehman took the Best Batsman and Noor Khan the Best Bowler s awards. ADIS took the Dilawar Mani Spirit of Cricket award.

The champion Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Pakistan School team:

Anwar Khan (Captain), Haji ur Rehman, Mohammed Samir, Noor Khan, Atif Khan, Kashif Khan, Sohail Khan, Obaid Khan, Haji ur Rehman Jr, Qasim Khan, Nabeegh Ahmed, Naeem Yasir, Khalid Shah, Mohammed Yahya, Mohammed Zeeshan, Riaz Bangash-master in charge.

Scores in brief:

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Pakistan School 142 for 4 in 20 overs (Anwar Khan 47 not out, Obaid Khan 34, Mohammed Samir 18 not out, Nathan D Mello 2-13) bt Abu Dhabi Indian School 120 all out in 20 overs (Rohin Bajaj 21, Nathan D Mello 20, Arthik Bhatt 17, Tanish Nagrani 17, Nabeegh Ahmed 2-9, Noor Khan 2-14, Anwar Khan 2-22, Kashif Khan 2-24).

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