It was an outstanding game of cricket...
A hard fought battle between two equally matched teams.
T20 is essentially a game designed for spectators to have fun in a matter of just 3 hours, and what we witnessed was heart-stopping moments, drama and nail biting finish.
As scheduled the Match commenced at 1.30 PM Josephites Captain Sharique Ali Khan winning the toss and electing to bowl.
Ankit Lamba and Rishabh Lakhera along with Sharique Ali Khan unleashed a spell of superb fast medium bowling giving away no runs. The opening batsman Devashil Bhardwaj and Tarun Sabharwal just couldn’t hit the bowl and first ten overs saw only 49 runs being scored for the loss of 3 wickets…
Drinks breaks provided a much needed boost to the Cambrianites and got Josephites relaxed with the help of some friendly bowling Cambrianites displayed array of fines strokes hitting 103 runs in next ten overs and setting a target of 153 to win for the Josphites…
Josephites who had been practicing under the watchful eyes of legendary Ashok (Baby) Ghildiyal started confidently. Opener Mananveer Singh who had initially displayed the art of wicket keeping looking to snatch away match from Cambiranites along with Dr. Kranti Nanda but Cambiranites came back by picking up regular wickets with Josephites helping them by being run outs due to misunderstanding and situation became tensed with Josphites loosing seven wickets with the score of 107.
Rishabh Lakhera at one end stood tall creating partnerships with Shubum Aroa and Ankit Lamba and ticking the score board Josephites needed 4 runs to win in last over with two wickets in hand.
But that is why we call cricket is the game of glorious uncertainties on the third bowl of the over Josephites again committed a suicidal run out and the score 151 for 9 now it was 2 ball 2 runs and just 1 wicket one run was scored on fifth ball it was now 1 ball 1 run and Cambrianites 1 wicket away from the victory but Adish Srivastav had planned his day earlier bowling excellently hit the winning runs for Josephites !!!
Major General. S. Sabbarwal, GOC, Uttarakhand Sub Area, graced the occasion with his presence. Other eminent guests included Brother Superior Benedict and former Principal Brother J. Dominic from St Joseph‘s Academy.
The atmosphere like carnival what must be echoing in the ears of spectators is chorus of Chauhaa by Josephite Rohan Bakshi and Harshit Gupta… a large group of Ex-Josephites and Cambrianites along with the students of Cambrian Hall were cheering their teams the commentators too had their day Harshit Gupta and Josephite Jaman Veer Singh occupied the box Jaman Veer Singh if not better was equal to Navjot Singh Sidhhu and but the commentator who stole the day was Cambrianite Abhinav Thapar adding a spicy flavor to the event. The cheerful repartee full of wit and humour between the commentators, was the major attraction of the day.
The sprightful cheer leaders who would swing and dance at every exciting moment during the match, were much appreciated by one and all. The drummers in each camp would beat on their dreams whenever anything exciting happened on the field.
The Principal Dr. SC Biala in his speech reminisced the past when the school founder, Col Shashi Shumshere JB Rana, an Ex-student & Head Boy of St. Joseph’s Academy and a very fine sportsperson, founded Cambrian Hall way back in 1954 and appointed Ms M Mainwaring, an Ex-teacher of Joseph’s Academy as the Principal of Cambrian Hall. The Chief Guest, Gen S Sabharwal encouraged and inspired the gathering and the players with his presence, congratulated the players for such a wonderful show and also wished both the organizations wonderful association in years to come.
Brother Benedict said victory was not important what was important was bonhomie and feeling of comradery it created between the two legendary schools…
Rishabh Lakhera of SJA Alumni Association was declared as the Best Player whereas Pranav Sharma of Cambrian Hall, bagged the trophies for Best Fielder and Best Bowler of the match.
The trophy was lifted by SJA Alumni Association!