Warriors enjoy wins over Stallions Cricket Academy
Christmas came early for the ICC Academy Warriors with satisfying wins for Under 11’s and 13’s against Stallions Cricket Academy, Doha, Qatar.
While the under 11’s were largely untroubled, the under 13’s had to dig deep to secure a win against their counterparts touring from Doha.
Coach Sam Charnley and George McCaffrey, overlooking the squad on the day, were pleased with the result, even though the performance highlighted room for improvement for both the squads.
“The win will boost their confidence, there is no doubt about that, especially the way in which the under 13’s played,” George said reflecting on the two games played on the day.
“For our younger boys, we want them to grasp as much as they can from match scenarios with little or no importance to the result.
“There is plenty of room to improve for the two teams that played today, we will discuss that in depth when we resume our term after the Christmas break on January 8th.”
The under 11’s game, a 20 over fixture, began the proceedings for the two sides on a perfect day for cricket at the ICC Academy.
Calling the right side of the coin, ICC A invited the stallions to make first use of the wicket, avoiding the conundrum of setting a target against an unknown opponent.
The bowlers reacted positively to the captains call, reducing the opposition to 17/3 with the fifth over in progress, Zayn Raza being the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 2/8 from 3 overs with no run conceded off extras.
Stallions’ middle order were left to do a repair job after the slow start, initially through a watchful partnership between Neel Nair and Roan, while Zehin and Andrew provided the late impetus to take the score to 93.
Zayn Raza’s feat of two wickets was matched by Syed hamza and Zuhair Khan, the latter returning with impressive figures of 2-1-2-2.
Chasing under 5 runs per over for victory, ICCA coaches ensured a stint in the centre for as many as 10 batsmen, only two of them returning to the pavilion to a raised finger from the umpire.
Nirvaan Chandirama, Ishayu Gosh, Ruth Mukherjee and Zak Pirzada were the stand out batters in a successful run chase.
Over to the hotter part of the day, the under 13’s asked the stallions to bat first, following the trend set by their junior counterparts earlier in the day.
The visitors were reduced to 2/2 after the first three deliveries, failing to handle an inform Sharath Vijayshankar.
While Romillo and Solaiman laid the foundation in the middle overs, cameos from Akash Bose and Shoaib Abidi propelled the Stallions to 123.
Akash hit 3 boundaries in his knock of 33 that came at a strike rate of 183.3, undoing all the good work mustered by the ICCA warriors in the initial stages of the innings.
ICCA began positively in pursuit of 124 required for victory with Shival and Simranjeet reaching double figures before they were retired.
Apart from Uthman Salim, ICCA’s middle order failed to have any impact on the chase, as the Stallions grew in confidence with the asking rate inching closer to six runs per over.
With 35 to get from 33 balls, Danesh Masani took matters in his hands, and along with Jake Tharakan, managed to register a famous win for the Warriors.
It was risk free cricket too, Danesh and Jake stuck to the basics – playing in the gaps, converting 1’s into 2’s and not letting the pressure get the better of them, as if they were putting the coaching manual on display.
With six to get of the last over, Danesh finished the match with 3 balls to spare, mustering 21 off 18 deliveries, an innings featuring just one stroke to the fence, however, that was negated by only 4 dot balls played by the batsmen.
It was a great experience playing the Stallions Cricket Academy from Doha, one that the ICCA Warriors have truly enjoyed. We look forward to welcoming them again in the near future.