D’Souza and Bastians help take Desert Cubs Cricket Academy to semis

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Opener Jonathan D’Souza scored an enduring 46 not out while Rayan Bastians came up with a superb all-round performance as Desert Cubs CA Yellow defeated Sharjah Cricket Academy Blue by 54 runs in the quarterfinals of the SCC Inter-Academy Under-13 tournament held under the auspices of Sharjah Cricket Council at the Al Dhaid Cricket Village.

Put in to bat first, Desert Cubs openers made a cautious start taking time to settle down adding 62 runs for the opening wicket. Rayan departed scoring 35 from 33 balls including a boundary while Jonathan carried on firmly at the other end. He then added another 44 runs for the second wicket with Chanul D’Silva (14, 19b). Jonathan remained unbeaten taking 63 deliveries to score 46 as Desert Cubs made 124 for eight in 20 overs.

In reply, Sharjah CA boys suffered as many as four run outs that cost them dear as they were bundled out for 70 in 19.1 overs. Raza Qamar top scored with 14 runs. For the winners, Rayan took two wickets in his three overs conceding only five runs.

In another quarterfinals match, Aryan Lukra came up with a brilliant all round performance to give Young Talent Cricket Academy an easy five-wicket victory over ICC Global Cricket Academy.

Aryan bowled a fiery spell to claim three wickets in his four overs leaking only three runs to restrict ICC GCA to a modest 88 in 19.5 overs. Ben Raymond was unbeaten on 20 while Aneesh Vasudevan (16) and Saahil Menon (15) were the other significant contributors for ICC GCA.

In reply, Aryan hit a 37-ball 38 with six boundaries while Ali Mirza and Vivek Aditya chipped in with an identical 13 as Young Talent achieved the target in 13.1 overs.

In the remaining matches, Sharjah Cricket Academy Red thumped ECT Sharjah by eight wickets while G Force Cricket Academy got past MCC Zayed Cricket Academy by 44 runs to book the remaining two semi-finals slot.

Brief scores (All quarterfinals): Desert Cubs CA Yellow bt Sharjah CA Blue by 54 runs. Desert Cubs: 124 for 8 in 20 overs (Jonathan D’Souza 46 not out, Rayan Bastians 35, Chanul DeSilva 14) Sharjah CA: 70 all out in 19.1 overs (Raza Qamar 14; Rayan Bastians 2 for 5). Man of the Match: Jonathan D’Souza.

G Force CA bt MCC Zayed CA by 44 runs. G Force: 143 for 7 in 20 overs (Aditya Mysore 22, Muhammed Shahdad 30, Hrithik Bhatia 21, Dhrish Bharatkarer 14 not out; Jonathan Figy 2 for 9). MCC Zayed CA: 99 for nine in 20 overs (Jonathan Figy 16, Mohammed Azzan 22; Marlon Malcom 2 for 20). Man of the match: Muhammed Shahdad.

Sharjah CA Red bt ECT Sharjah by eight wickets. ECT Sharjah: 78 for 7 in 20 overs (Shifran Mullah 17, Sabir Ullah 19, Silal Zai 11; Sameer Tanveer 3 for 10). Sharjah CA: 82 for 2 in 14.1 overs (Hassan Ishraq 10, Abhinav Singla 38 not out, Ali Khan 19). Man of the Match: Sameer Tanveer.

Young Talent CA bt ICC GCA by five wickets. ICC GCA: 88 all out in 19.5 overs (Aneesh Vasudevan 16, Saahil Menon 15, Ben Raymond 20 not out; Aryan Lakra 3 for 3). Young Talent: 89 for five in 13.1 overs (Aryan Lakra 38, Ali Mirza 13, Vivek Aditya 13 not out). Man of the Match: Aryan Lakra.