Match Report: Intra Under 15 fixture
Under 15’s were involved in an intra ICC Academy 40 over fixture at the ICC Academy’s outdoor oval.
While the season is just 3 weeks old, a 40 over fixture this early into the season sets down the marker for the under 15’s to identify areas that need improvement, both, as individuals and collectively as a team.
Played over two days, the 40 over game is one of the many additions made to the Warriors Programme for the 2015/16 season.
“It is vital for Under 13’s and above to play 40 over games, there just isn’t a substitute for spending time at the middle, “insisted Mudassar Nazar, Former Pakistan Test Cricketer and Head of Cricket Development at the ICC Academy.
“As coaches, these matches allow us to plan our training sessions and identify areas that need polishing in the nets.”
A few talking points aside, the coaches will be content with what they saw over the two days of cricket from the under 15’s fixture.
Batting first, Under 15 A managed a respectable 207 from their 40 overs with contributions at opposite ends of the batting order by Wajih Zaman and Yahya Ali Khan.
An innings comprising of 6 boundaries, Wajih felt 3 short of a half century when he was bowled by Shazim Qureshi in the 22nd over. He was well supported by Kareem Jafree, who was run out on 22, after the pair had managed 59 for the second wicket.
The middle order failed to capitalize on the promising start from the openers, and it wasn’t until Yahya and Ashish at no. 8 and 9 respectively, to take the score past 200.
Requiring over 5 runs per over, ICC Academy Under 15 B came out to bat on Wednesday requiring atleast one big partnership to stand a chance of winning the game.
That’s exactly what happened. After Rishab was cleaned up in the second over, Neel Ammanath and Siddharth Tiwari added 128 runs for the second wicket, ensuring the opposition was kept at bay all throughout the innings.
While Neel fell short of his half century by 7 runs, Siddharth reached his in 67 deliveries, eventually made to retire on 52 as their team were within touching distance of a victory.
For Under 15 A, skipper Avik Agarwal was the standout bowler. Wicket less for 19 runs in his 5 overs, Avik troubled the batsmen on multiple occasions.
The bowling unit was guilty of conceding too many extras, 77 to be exact, including 61 runs in wides alone.
Result aside, the game proved a fruitful exercise in identifying the areas of improvement for both the sides.