ST MICHAEL’S School won the Dr Govind Narayan Singh memorial inter-school cricket carnival that concluded at the Old Campion grounds on Sunday. St Michael’s defeated DPS by 112 runs as Rameez Khan slammed an unbeaten 105.
Cracking square cuts, square drives and excellent leather attack by Rameez Khan made the final exciting. Opted to bat first after winning the toss, St Michael’s scored 196 runs for 6 wickets in 40 overs.
Skipper Rameez Khan once again starred in St Michael’s win as he scored a splendid 105 studded with 14 boundaries. His attraction of the innings was the right selection of shots on the bad deliveries that took the pressure off him and transferred it to the bowlers and fielders. Earlier, St Michael’s saw the beginning of the innings with the failure of Mohd Irfan Khan when the scoreboard was reading 14 runs.
Though one down Aquil Rain did not contribute much, his stay at the wicket for 32 deliveries gave confidence in skipper Rameez Khan. This could be gauged from the fact that he scored 12 runs in a 59-run partnership for the second wicket with Rameez Khan.
The next batsman also followed the path of Aquil as he provided invaluable support by rotating the strike. His important partnership with Rameez stitched 75 runs. Rameez capitalised on the opportunity and scored an unbeaten 105 runs.
Amir Khan scored 23 runs. For DPS, Rishi Loya claimed two wickets while Shreyas Singh scalped a wicket. Chasing a target of 196 runs to win the match and the tournament, DPS lost two early wickets including their star batsmen Shreyas Singh and Vikrant Singh to pace-man Rameez Khan. After their departure, DPS failed to come back in the match.
Rameez Khan, who was outstanding in batting, was equally lethal in bowling too. His 8-over spell saw the departure of four important batsmen of DPS. However, Saurabh Khadse managed to secure his wicket for some time but the regular fall of wickets forced him to score runs quickly.
Consequently, he was bowled out on a delivery of Ayaan Khan. DPS lost all wickets for just 83 runs and lost the match by 112 runs. Usman and Zeeshan claimed one wicket each.
Earlier, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who was the chief guest congratulated teams. In his address, he said that Bhopal has emerged as an important center for cricket activities in the State. He lauded the efforts of the organisers for providing a platform to the budding cricketers.
Agriculture Minister Chaudhary Chandrabhan Singh and Bhopal Development Authority Chairman Dhruv Narayan Singh distributed prizes to the teams. Mayor Sunil Sood, organising committee secretary Aruneshwar Singhdeo, organising committee president Vijesh Lunawat, Dilip Suryavanshi, Ashok Singh, Dr Shafquat Mohammad Khan, Sushil Singh, Arun Tyagi, Sajid, Syed Shakeel Mohammad, Rajiv Saxena and others were present on the occasion. Singhdeo presented the vote of thanks.
Talking to journalists, BDA Chairman Dhruv Narayan Singh said that next year the tournament would be organised on a bigger scale.
“We want to give an atmosphere of national-level tournament to the school students. From next year, the tournament will be organised on a bigger scale”, said Singh who is also the BDCA chairman.