Four GIIS students in Singapore U16 team which made it to ACC cricket tournament finals

Published on 25 Jan 2018
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Team Singapore reached the finals of the Asian Cricket Council U16 eastern region tournament, but lost out to Nepal in a hard fought game which was held in December in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Singapore team, led by captain Aman Desai (10 CBSE) from GIIS East Coast, were bundled out for 112 while chasing Nepal’s 183 in a 35 overs match. Nepal, after setting up a big score, were accurate with the bowl. “We fought well, but it was just not our day,” captain Aman said, after the match.

The three other GIIS students in the 11-member national team included East Coast students Pramesh Singhavi (Class 10 IG), Pranav Sudarshan (Class 9 IG) and Ratik Bhatnagar (Class 10 IG). 

The Final was played at Bangkok, where Singapore bowled first. Nepal set up a big total and bundled out Singapore with accurate & disciplined bowling. Nepal emerged as champions, and Singapore were runners up.

The tournament, held from 9 Dec to 18 Dec, 2017, was organized by the Asian Cricket Council – the regional administrative body of cricket in Asia and a subordinate to the International Cricket Council. Eight teams were divided into two groups with Nepal, Hong Kong, Thailand and Myanmar in Group A, while   Singapore, Malaysia, China and Bhutan in Group B.  

For Team Singapore, a 14-member squad was selected for the national team from a pool of 60 shortlisted players.

Singapore’s journey to the finals included beating Malaysia by 29 runs in the opening matching, and easily beating Bhutan and China to top the Group.  “Determined batting and disciplined bowling ensured that we notched up our   wins in the tournament,” captain Aman said. Singapore and Malaysia qualified for the semifinals from Group B, while Nepal and Hong kong qualified from Group A.

Singapore met Hong Kong in the semis, where the opponents posted a competent score of 123 runs despite losing some early wickets. The strong Hong Kong bowling lineup was no match for the nerves of steel of Singapore batsmen, as they registered an 8-wicket victory. Unfortunately, Singapore lost out in the finals.

“While we were disappointed on not winning the cup, we knew we had played quality cricket throughout the whole tournament,” captain Aman said. “The team was unified, strong and worked as a single unit, which resulted into such high performances. I am proud of the way we played as a team.”

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