The SCA donated plastic cricket bats, wickets and pro soft balls to the Vaange Anna community initiative.
National player, Aahan Achar, was on hand to donate the kit to Revathi Priya, one of the co founders of the initiative.
Vaangae Anna is a community initiative which aims to break down barriers and create a community, comprising of both our migrant brothers and Singaporeans, by creating a safe space where everyone in the community can come together to share their skills, stories and enjoy the company of one another.
One part of this initiative is a group of migrant workers from India and Bangladesh volunteering their time each Sunday at Boon Keng to teach members of the local community how to play cricket.
The SCA are extremely pleased that the Vaangae Anna program is using cricket as a tool to achieve their organisation’s goals and will be looking to work further with the Vaangae Anna program in the coming months.
5th AUGUST 2019
The MCF U19s Select played their last and 4th T20 match against the SCA U16s Select at the Indian Association Ground on the 5th of August 2019.
MCF U19s Select captain, Swan Hlet Ko Ko won the toss and on the back of their impressive batting display the day before, opted to bat.
The SCA U16s Select kept things in check from the start and the only threat , skipper Ko Ko did his best to keep the scoreboard ticking over and put on 45 (44) in his innings which included 5 boundaries before he was caught well in long off by Maheswari. The SCA bowlers reined things back well with young leg spinner, Hampihallikar once again impressing with figures of 2-12 off 4 overs and adding to the impressive stemming of runs. MCF U19s Select finishing the day on 102-7.
The SCA U16s Select, still reeling from the loss the day before were more measured in their chase. Quick singles were the order of the day as openers Maheswari and Chhajer ensured that the chase was on a steady incline. The unusually docile Chhajer departed for 18 (31) and Gune and Maheswari then took complete control. Gune ending on 23 *(27) and Maheswari on 41 * (47) ensuring a clinical batting performance and a 9 wicket victory.
Vihaan Maheswari in his first match in this series named MOM.
The MCF U19s Select will depart for Myanmar on the 6th of August 2019 and the SCA will look to continue this relationship between the two countries in the coming years.
The SCA Premier League finals was held at the Singapore Indian Association ground on Sunday, 4th August 2019 between the IA Eagles and SCC Lions.
The best players were on display from the top two sides of Singapore’s highest cricket league. Singapore was fresh from their victorious campaign at the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Asia Finals and there were 10 players from that squad taking part in this match.
The IA Eagles won the toss and elected to bat. This turned out to be a good decision, with a flat pitch and resulted in some exciting cricket. Although they lost an early wicket with Rohan being dismissed, Chaminda (50 off 79) and Surendar (122 off 103) had a brilliant partnership and built a solid foundation. Followed by beautiful innings by Arjun (73 off 56) and Chetan (72 off 37) to reach an incredible 370 for 7 of 50 overs.
This was a huge mountain to climb for the SCC Lions and it did not help when Janak clean bowled opener Aritra for 0 in the first over. Navin (59 off 33) and Sidhant (41 off 26) fought hard and kept up with the required run rate, however after the fall of their wickets, there was not much resistance. Anantha was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 47 off 9 overs. The SCC Lions were eventually bowled out for 239.
This resulted in a 131 runs margin of victory for IA Eagles, continuing their domination of the Singapore domestic cricket system.
MCF U19s SELECT VS SCA U16s SELECT
4th AUGUST 2019
A much improved MCF U19s Select showed their true abilities in the third match against the SCA U16s Select on the 4th of August T20 encounter.
Being put into bat first, the MCF U19s Select amassed 123-5 with a much improved batting display which saw Swan Htet Ko Ko score 34 (33) and Christopher score 24 (22), the latter hitting two massive sixes towards the end of the innings. Leg spinner Vihaan Hampihallikar boasting figures of 3-22 in his 4 overs which included a special Shane Warne typed delivery which bowled left hander Pyae Phyo Wai pitching out side off and turning to clip the bail of his leg stump.
The SCA U16s Select were in all sorts of trouble early with sustained pressure from the energetic Myanmarese at being 40-4 in the 10th over. The lower order for Singapore staged a fightback and Neil Karnik 24 (20) and Aryaveer Chaudhary 25 * (16) almost took the SCA Select home but falling short of just 7 runs in the end. The MCF Select’s spinners doing well to take 4 wickets between themselves.
Christopher from MCF U19s Select being named Man of the Match for his all round display.
The last T20 match between the two sides will be played today the 5th of August 2019 at the Indian Association at 4.30pm.
3rd AUGUST 2019
The SCA U16s Select took on the MCF U19s Select in their second match of the 4 match T20 Series.
Batting first once again, SCA U16s Select scored 126/7 in 20 overs with Girin Gune once again flourishing with the bat but falling one run short of a well deserved half century off 46 balls. MCF U19s Select, always a threat on the field took some great catches to dismiss key batters and restricted SCA U16s Select to 126.
In their chase, MCF U19s Select started well even after an early loss when Swan Htet Ko Ko came in to smash five boundaries before being caught at long off for 23 (19). The Singapore lads happy to see the back of Ko Ko as a more prolonged stay at the crease would have had the SCA U16s in trouble. After Ko Ko’s dismissal, it was smooth sailing for the U16s as they wrapped MCF U19s Select for 68 in 19.1 overs.
Swan Htet Ko Ko being awarded the man of the match for his exciting knock of 23 (19).
The third T20 match will be played at 7.30pm at the Indian Association on the 4th August 2019.