Coca-Cola Cricket Cup U-16 inter-school tournament: Salwan Boys, Rajinder Nagar clinch Delhi leg title after thrashing Vidya Jain, Rohini

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New Delhi, 16th December 2013: Alizaan Alam’s all-round performance and Shivam Chauhan’s spectacular half-century helped Salwan Boys Senior Secondary School, Rajender Nagar thrash Vidya Jain Public School, Rohini by seven wickets in the Final match of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup under-16 inter-school tournament, played at Bharat Nagar ground today.

Salwan Boys Sr. Sec. School won the toss and opted to bowl first. Vidya Jain Public School batsman started well with an inspiring 42-run knock by Vasu Sharma. He was well-supported by Garvit Chabbra, who scored a useful 38 runs. However, rest of the batsmen failed to give solid partnerships to them and lost wickets in regular intervals.

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Salwan Boys School bowlers Sahil Khatri and Alizaan’s two-wicket hauls helped their team to restrict the opponent at 143 for nine wickets in 35 overs.

In reply, Salwan Boys achieved the target in 28 overs after losing only three wickets. Star batsman Shivam led the batting line-up with his brilliant 71-run knock. All-rounder Alizaan supported him with his 22-run knock. He along with Ankush Tyagi (20 not out) and Jhonty Sidhu (17 not out) helped his team to clinch Coca-Cola Cricket Cup Delhi-leg trophy.

Alizaan was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his all-round performance. Shivam Chauhan was adjudged as Best Batsman of the tournament. Last season, he was chosen as the Cricket Star and was sent to London for 25-day coaching camp under former Somerset cricketer Thomas ‘Tom’ Webley at famous Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood.

Salwan Boys Sr. Sec. School was awarded Rs. 50,000/- cash prize for winning the Delhi-leg of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup, whereas runners-up Vidya Jain Public School received Rs. 35,000/-.

In the 1st Semi-Final match, Salwan Boys Sr. Sec. School defeated Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, ITO and in the 2nd Semi-Final, Vidya Jain Public School outplayed Kulachi Hansraj Model School, Ashok Vihar.

The Delhi-leg of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup 2013-14 involved participation from 64 leading under-16 teams with matches played at various grounds across the Capital. The tournament commenced from the second week of November and ran for around 3 to 4 weeks. Matches until the quarter-finals were played on a knock-out format, the 8 quarter-finalists were then play a league.

Player of the Tournament: Prashant Vashisht (190 runs & 11 wkts), Salwan Boys Sr. Sec. School, Rajinder Nagar

Best Batsman: Shivam Chauhan (325 runs), Salwan Boys Sr. Sec. School

Best Bowler: Akshit Grover (20 wkts), Vidya Jain Public School, Rohini

Brief Scores

VJPS-R: 143 for 9 wkts in 35 overs (Vasu Sharma 42, Garvit Chabbra 38; Sahil Khatri 2/20, Alizaan Alam 2/30).

SBSSS-RN: 144 for 3 wkts in 28 overs (Shivam Chauhan 71, Alizaan Alam 22, Ankush Tyagi 20 n.o., Jhonty Sidhu 17 n.o.)

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