YTCA Hawks and YTCA Tigers chalked out comfortable victories in their respective opening under 17 and under 14 cricket matches of the 10th edition of the Nissan Gulf Cup 2012 organised by Young Talents Cricket Academy (YTCA) under the aegis of the Dubai Cricket Council.
The tournament is sponsored by Nissan Middle East, UniCare Medical Centre, Sana Jewellers, Winterhill Largo, SanDisk, Sport360, Suno1024, The Sevens and India Club.
In the under 17 match played at The Sevens ground, Hawks defeated YTCA Falcons by four wickets while in the under-14 game, Tigers beat YTCA Falcons by seven wickets.
YTCA Falcons, batting first, were restricted to 91 for nine in 22 overs. Hemant Shaji was the lone batsman to impress with 35 off 44 balls in the face of some superb bowling by the Hawks’ trio of Liam (2-14), Rahul Bhatia (2-28) and Shiv Mehra (2-15).
In reply, Hawks were able to reach the target without much difficulty scoring 92 for six in 20.1 overs. Ali, who scored 22 off 23 balls and Mehul with 24 off 33, helped Hawks to victory.
In the under 14 match, Tigers added to Falcons misery by posting a seven-wicket win.
Falcons, batting first, cashed in on their rivals generosity of 49 extras to score 111 for nine.
However, Faiz’s brisk knock of 32 off 28 balls and Sparsh Hegde’s unbeaten 29 helped Tigers score 112 for the loss of three wickets.
YTCA Hawks bt YTCA Falcons by 4 wkts: Falcons 91 for 9 (Hemant Shaji 35; Liam 2-14, Rahul Bhatia 2-28, Shiv Mehra 2-15). Hawks 92 for 6 in 20.1 overs (Ali 22, Mehul 24, Liam 16; Mehdi 2-20, Ravi Raj 2-16).
Durham County beat YTCA Hawks by 144 runs: Durham County 185 for 6 (J Burham 40, B Whitehead 30, D Anderson 18; Gautam 3-11). YTCA Hawks 41 all out ( A McGrath 4-6, H Singh 2-6, B Paul 2-0). Man of the match: A McGrath of Durham County.
YTCA Tigers bt YTCA Falcons by 7 wkts: Falcons 111 for 9 (Karan 25, Hrith Bhatia 10; Gautam 3-11). Tigers 112 for 3 (Faiz 32, Sparsh Hegde 29no). Man of the match: Faiz of YTCA Tigers.
YTCA Leopards bt Al Ain Sportplex by 41 runs: Leopards 185 for 8 (Fazal 74, Mehdi 44; Muheed 3-34, Osama 2-35). Al Ain Sportplex 144 all out (Naseem 75no, Mugut 20, Osama 15; Rahul 2-23, Ali 2-22, Randel 2-25). Man of the match: Fazal of YTCA Leopards.
Desert Cubs CA bt YTCA Falcons by 10 wkts: Falcons 95 all out (Abhishekh Nair 50; H Lahiru 3-16). Desert Cubs 98 for no loss (Nelukshan 39no, Ashley 39no). Men of the match: Nelukshan and Ashley, both of Desert Cubs.
YTCA Lions bt YTCA Warriors by 10 wkts: Warriors 92 for 9 (Zohaib 40, Shoun 22; V Varun 2-14). Lions 96 for no loss (N Varun 40no, R Varun 25no). Man of the match: N Varun of YTCA Lions.