MOHALI, July 10:Despite an unbeaten knock of 51 by Raman, Sunny Enclave XI went down fighting to APJ Academy of Kharar by four runs in a nail-biting final of the first Sardar Amar Singh Memorial Under-12 Cricket Tournament organized by Mohali Cricket Association at the PCA Ground 3 here today.
Requiring 26 runs in the last two overs, Sanchit of APJ Academy bowled seven wides in the team’s 24th over which helped Sunny Enclave collect 16 runs. With this the match was poised for a keen finish. With parents and spectators watching the proceedings with interest and their fingers crossed, Sunny Enclave needed 10 runs from the last over. However, they could collect only six and fell short by four runs.
The courageous knock of 51 by Raman helped Sunny Enclave XI replied with 153 for 4 in 25 overs. This was in reply to APJ Academy’s total of 157 for 3 in 25 overs. Raman’s lion-hearted knock contained eight fours. He was associated in a 45-run partnership for the third wicket with Shubham (22, 3x4s) Amrinder contributed 24 with the help of three boundaries.
Taranveer Virk of APJ Academy bagged 2 for 18.
Earlier, APJ Academy won the toss and elected to bat. They scored 157 for 3 in stipulated 25 overs. The highlight of their innings was a brilliant 72-run partnership between Sahil (65, 9x4s) and Anmol (57, 7x4s).
Sahil of APJ Academy was adjudged the man of the series. He was also declared man of the match in the final.
Cricket Dronacharya Desh Prem Azad was the chief guest and presented winners and runners-up trophies. Mohali Cricket Association secretary GS Walia also distributed the prizes.
Brief scores: APJ Academy, Kharar: 157 for 3 in 25 overs (Sahil 65, 9x4s, Anmol 57, 7x4s, Prabhav 1 for 23, Gurpreet 1 for 24).
Sunny XI: 153 for 4 in 25 overs (Amrinder 24, 3x4s, Shubham 22, 3x4s, Raman 51 snot out, 8x4s, Taranveer Virk 2 for 18, Jaswinder 1 for 26).
APJ win by four runs.
Best batsman: Raman (Sunny Enclave); best bowler: Anmaol (APJ Academy); best wicketkeeper: Vishal (Sunny Enclave). Man of the Series: Sahil (APJ Academy). Final man of the match: Sahil (APJ Academy).