ACS (Independent) complete grand slam of National Cricket Championship

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ACS (Independent) completed a hat trick of cricket titles, thereby making it a grand slam for the year 2019 when they defeated Raffles in the C Division finals by 40 runs. Earlier the school had won the A & B Division titles in April and May 2019 respectively.
 
At the CSC grounds on Monday 19 August, ACS won the toss and elected to bat. After a confident start, ACS lost the wicket of Aryan Lad for 13 runs. Inesh Basu and Pranav Nitin batted well to take the score to 40 when Inesh was out after scoring an attacking 18 off 22 balls. Pranav and Thiyanesh then put on a match-winning partnership of 90 runs for the 3rd wicket. ACS Captain Pranav was very impressed with his stroke play all around the wicket. He was dismissed in the last over for a stroke-filled inning of 67 runs off 52 balls with Six 4’s & Two 6’s. His partner Thiyanesh was unlucky to get run out for 19 runs. ACS posted a commanding total of 148 for 4 wickets in 20 overs. Jeevan was the most successful bowler for RI with 2 for 33 off 4 overs.
 
Raffles were given a good start by their openers Jeevan and Anshul. Just when he looked set Jeevan was caught at point for 18 runs. Rohit joined Anshul and both of them had a steady partnership but they were not able to play the big shots against the accurate ACS Spin bowlers. In their quest to reach the target they looked to play attacking shots and perished. Anshul scored 29 off 32 balls while Rohit got the top score for Raffles with 42 off 45 balls. Raffles finally ended their innings with 108 for 7 off their 20 overs. ACS captain Pranav played a crucial role in the bowling department too by claiming 2 wickets for 18 runs but the pick of the bowlers was Krithik Thota who got 2 wickets for just 16 runs. ACS were deserving winners by 40 runs.

 

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