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DPS, St Michael?s to clash in final today

DELHI PUBLIC School (DPS) and St Michael?s School will clash in the final of the Dr Govind Narayan Singh Memorial Inter-School Cricket Carnival at Old Campion grounds on Sunday.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2007 17:59 IST

DELHI PUBLIC School (DPS) and St Michael’s School will clash in the final of the Dr Govind Narayan Singh Memorial Inter-School Cricket Carnival at Old Campion grounds on Sunday.

St Michael’s team booked their place in the title round after defeating the favourites Maharishi Vidya Mandir (MVM) by six wickets in the second semifinal played here on Saturday.

DPS had entered the final beating Jawahar Lal Nehru School by six wickets on Friday. Once again the budding cricketers of St Michael’s School surprised the gathering by their outstanding cricket.

Playing against MVM that had registered two one-sided wins, the team of St Michael’s proved that good coaching and discipline have made them a strong unit at a young age.

MVM skipper Abhishek Verma decided to bat first after winning the toss. Amarjeet Singh and Shubham Shukla, who have been one of the strongest opening pairs in the tournament so far, failed in the crucial match. At the score of 15, Shubham fell LBW to Adil Raquib. However, next batsman Vishal Singh Chauhan put some resistance and added 38 runs for the second wicket. But he too departed at the team’s score of 53, again to Adil.

Abhishek Verma, who has been impressive with the blade, and Amarjeet stitched together a partnership of 52 runs in a crucial situation and took the score to 115. When the duo looked settled, Zeeshan Ali brought smiles in the St Michael’s players’ faces by claiming Amarjeet’s wicket for 59. Abhishek was also out a few minutes later at 47.

The next seven MVM batsmen lost their wickets adding 40 runs only. Zeeshan Ali claimed three wickets while Adil scalped two. MVM set a 156-run target for the opponents.

St Michael’s fielded enthusiastically and there were three run-outs and one stumping. St Michael’s openers Rameez Khan and Mohammed Irfan Khan toyed with the MVM bowling. They hit up 111 runs for the first wicket. Rameez scored the highest 76 runs while Irfan contributed 40. St Michael’s won the match by six wickets.

Chief guests of the man of the match presentation ceremony, Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni, former chairman of the Finance Commission of Chhattisgarh T S Singhdeo, senior IPS Yashowardhan Azad and Ashok Singh presented trophy to Rameez Khan. Earlier, ADM B M Ojha was introduced to the players.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be the chief guest of the prize distribution function after the final match on Sunday. State BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar, Sports Minister Yashodhararaje Scindia and Mayor Sunil Sood will be the guests of honour.

Final on Sunday
St Michael’s School vs DPS

Both skippers confident
THE SKIPPERS of St Michael’s School and DPS expect a close contest in the final. “We have been consistent in the tournament. I am confident of lifting the trophy”, said DPS skipper Aaditeshwar Singhdeo. St Michael’s skipper Rameez Khan said that their performance would be same in the final. “We will repeat the performance of semifinal in the final”, said Khan.

First Published: Jan 07, 2007 17:59 IST