ST MICHAEL’S School (junior) today entered the semifinal of the Dr Govind Narayan Singh memorial inter-school cricket tournament being organised at Old Campion grounds defeating Bonnie-Foi School in a thrilling match by three wickets.
It was a keen fight between willow and red cherry in the last quarterfinal match. St Michael’s team were asked to field first after losing the toss. But that did not dampen their spirits. They bowled a disciplined line and fielded splendidly, restricting a strong Bonnie-Foi to 120 runs.
Shivam Chaube of Bonnie-Foi, who has the credit of scoring the highest individual score of the tournament, was the lone player to put up resistance. He scored 40 before being caught off Zeeshan Ali. His departure sent the Bonnie-Foi into a tailspin and they were all out for 120.
Aman Mohammad Khan claimed three wickets. Zeeshan, Usman and Ayan took two wickets each. Chasing the target, St Michael’s too faced the same fate. They lost five wickets by the time the scoreboard reached 29. However, opener Mohammed Irfan Khan kept one end secure, without giving any opportunity to the Bonnie-Foi bowlers. In partnership with Amaan Mohammad he stitched an invaluable 55-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
But things against took a dramatic turn when Irfan lost his wicket at the team’s score of 84 when he failed to keep a ball grounded. His departure followed the loss of Amaan Mohammad. Now the team had to score 35 runs to win the match with three wickets in hand.
At this stage entered St Michael’s gutsy batsman Usman Ali. Playing at number 7, Ali demonstrated excellent cricket temperament. His 20 invaluable runs helped St Michael’s win the game by three wickets.
The chief guests of the man of the match presentation ceremony, BJP Mahila Morcha leader Krishna Gaur and MP Builders Association president Dilip Suryavanshi presented man of the match trophy to Usman Ali. On the occasion, BDAC chairman Dhruv Narayan Singh, organising secretary Aruneshwar Singhdeo, Rameshwar Sharma, Dr Shafquat Mohammad Khan, Arun Tyagi, Sushil Singh, Uttam Thakur, Dr Srinath Agrawal and others were present.
ST MICHAEL’S School team that included the players mostly of VII and VIII standards entertained the gathering. “We want to groom players from their early stage of life.
This is the right age to participate in such tournaments”, said a happy coach Syed Shakeel Mohammad. About the semifinal match against Maharishi Vidya Mandir, he said that team would maintain the same performance.