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EMERGING PLAYER SERIES 2019
GRAND FINAL
SG CRIMSONS vs SG CRESCENTS

The Emerging Player Series reached the climax as the two best teams were prepared to battle it out in the final encounter!

SG Crescents won the toss and elected to bat first. They had a positive approach, attacking from the first ball and looking to score. However, struggled to increase the run rate and score boundaries. Aaryan Modi with 13 off 22 balls being the only innings of note for the team in orange.

SG Crimsons, who were the only undefeated team of the tournament were keen to finish off in style and secure the trophy. Their bowlers did not disappoint, as they got early inroads and continued their momentum. Aaryan Menon with 2 for 10 in 3 overs.

At the 10 over mark, when SG Crescents were 33 for 2, rain intervened and delayed the match for about an hour, the match was reduced to 13 overs. This was an advantage for the bowling side. SG Crescents had 3 overs to get a fighting score, only managing a DLS target of 58.

SG Crimsons kept their intensity high in their chase with aggressive hitting and prevented the opponents from settling down. A slight change to their opening partnership worked well. Vihaan Maheswari guiding the team home with 21 not out off 24 balls.

SG Crescents let themselves down in the field, with misfields, dropped catches and missed run outs, which you cannot afford in a short format game and could have made a difference. Left arm finger spinner, Naman Satija doing his best for the Crescents with 2 for 6 in 3 overs.

The Player of the Match was Vihaan Maheshwari for well paced innings which saw the Crimsons through to the title.

SG Crimsons won by 8 wickets and crowned champions of the Emerging Player Series 2019!.

Other awards were won by the following players.

Best Batsman: Girin Gune (SG Crimsons) 92 runs in 4 matches

Best Bowler: Aryaveer Chaudhary (SG Crimsons) for 7 wickets in 4 matches

Player of the Tournament: Hariharan Ganesh (SG Stars)
The youngest players at the tournament at just 11 years old who bowled and fielded beyond his years and took 3 wickets at an economy rate of 4.6 run off 3 matches.

EMERGING PLAYER SERIES 2019

GROUP STAGE

MATCH 6

SG CRIMSONS vs SG STARS

The Emerging Player Series resumed, after the last two days being washed out. Both teams were eager to get on the park, especially SG Stars who were playing their last game having already eliminated from making the finals playoff.

SG Crimsons won the toss and elected to bat. They wanted to prolong their superior position in this league, although they had already qualified for the final. Once again, Girin Gune led from the front with 28 off 33 balls and Vihaan Maheswari 21 off 36 balls.

SG Stars had all to play for as a win here could salvage them some pride. They found it difficult against the top three for SG Crimsons but the spinners put a squeeze on the scoring and got crucial breakthroughs. Pranav Maheshwari getting 3 for 13 from 4 overs and restricting the SG Crimsons at 90 for 5 in 20 overs.

SG Stars have really struggled with the bat throughout this tournament and failed to get substantial partnerships in chasing the meagre total set by the Crimsons.Their lower order in the shape of Panashe Nhenga 21 off 26 balls and Pranav Maheshwari 22 off 24 balls brought them to a respectable close.

SG Crimsons on the other hand, began their defense of a low score professionally, sticking to their game plan and executing it efficiently. Aryaveer Chaudhary with 2 for 14 from 4 overs and Neil Karnik 2 for 20 from 4 overs. This meant that the chase for the opposition was always a daunting task.

Although finding himself on the losing side, Player of the Match was Pranav Maheshwari of SG Stars playing his first match of the Emerging Player Series for his exceptional all- round performance!

SG Crimsons winning by 10 runs and qualifying for the finals playoff to be played against SG Crescents on the 1st of Dec at 6.30pm.

EMERGING PLAYER SERIES 2019

GROUP STAGE

MATCH 3

SG CRIMSONS vs SG STARS

Both teams were set to continue their progress in this short, dynamic and fast paced tournament! The players knew that this was the ideal time to bring themselves in the limelight.

SG Stars won the toss and elected to bowl. Their bowlers were putting in a decent effort. But the inner fielders could not prevent the batsmen from stealing singles regularly in the first 6 overs. A great comeback, with wickets in the middle overs meant they remained in the game. Jeevan Santhanam with 3 for 19 in 4 overs.

SG Crimsons top 3 batsmen looked a class apart, with solid techniques and calm demeanor. They balanced defense and attack beautifully to obtain the upper hand at the initial stages. Arjun Nagpal the standout with 24 off 29 balls. Ultimately SG Crimsons scoring 118 for 7 in 20 overs.

SG Crimsons maintained their dominance in the game with accurate bowling and safe catching! Akshay Puri getting 2 for 30 in 4 overs and Aryan Lad getting 2 for 19 in 3 overs.

SG Stars had a second consecutive poor batting innings beginning. The main reason being mindset, lack of planning and rash shot making. It was an uphill task, but Pranav Sudarshan played a heroic innings to bring them close, 58 off 54 balls which included 4 fours and 2 sixes.

The Player of the Match was Pranav Sudarshan, giving his team a lot of hope and leading by example.

SG Crimsons winning by 21 runs.

EMERGING PLAYER SERIES 2019

GROUP STAGE

MATCH 2

SG CRESCENTS vs SG STARS

In the second game, the SG Stars were upbeat to begin their campaign, whereas SG Crescents wanted to change their fortunes and get their first victory!

SG Stars won the toss and elected to bowl. Hariharan Ganesh, the best bowler with 2 for 19 of his 4 overs! He aimed at pitching the ball up and entice the batsmen to go for the big shots, keeping a tight line and length. Very impressive spell!

SG Crescents learnt from their mistakes and had a much improved performance with the bat. Raoul Sharma led from the front, scoring a brisk 41 off 21 balls well- supported by opener Abdul Rahim 41 off 45 balls. And resulted in a very competitive 122 for 9 in 20 overs!

SG Crescents kept striking with the ball at regular intervals, with lots of encouragement in the field and a positive team spirit.

All bowlers playing an equal role, Khush Gelani getting 2 for 8 in 4 overs and leg spinner Vihaan Hampihallikar once again impressing with figures of 2-6 off 3 overs.

SG Stars struggled to adjust to conditions and their lack of experience was evident. Sidhant Srikanth playing the lone hand of 17 off 34 balls.

The Player of the Match was Abdul Rahim Bhadelia for his outstanding 41 and amazing fielding display which produced two direct hit run outs.

SG Crescents winning by 75 runs.

EMERGING PLAYER SERIES 2019

GROUP STAGE

MATCH 1

SG CRESCENTS VS SG CRIMSONS

The top U-17 cricketers of Singapore are taking part in the Emerging Player Series which consists of 39 players spread across three teams.

This is an ideal platform for their continued exposure, recognition and selection to represent Singapore at major age group tournaments at both U16s and U19s level.

SG Crescents won the toss and elected to bat. It was an overcast evening, with a bit of moisture in the air and favouring the pace bowlers. The left arm pacer, Aryaveer Chaudhary was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 18 in his 4 overs.

SG Crescents fought hard, Manish Kharthik contributing 29 of 33 balls but disciplined bowling from SG Crimsons hampering their progress and keeping the run rate low. This meant that SG Crescents never really got any momentum to build a competitive score, ending up on 80 all out.

SG Crimsons had a steady start and kept their composure throughout the innings, not losing many wickets and building partnerships to put the opposition under pressure.

SG Crescents leg spinner, Vihaan Hampihallikar got 2 wickets in the middle, but a mature knock by captain Girin Gune scoring 33 runs off 22 balls guided his team home comfortably within 14 overs!

Player of the Match Aryaveer Chaudhary with his 3 wicket haul for just 18 runs which paved the way for a comfortable Crimsons victory by 7 wickets.