St Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School (Chennai) defeated Don Bosco, Egmore (Chennai) by 59 runs under lights in the Playoffs final of the Junior Super Kings Inter-school T20 Championships at the ICL Sankar Nagar cricket ground in Tirunelveli.
Nithish Rajagopal of St Bede's was declared Player of the Tournament of the Playoffs which involved the winners of the tournaments staged in 10 districts along with the winners and runners-up of the Chennai leg and comprised 19 matches in a league-cum-knockout format.
Sponsored by India Cements and conducted under the aegis of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, the third edition of the premier tournament was extended to a further two districts from the previous edition’s eight and took the total number of participating schools across the state to 152.
For the first time in three editions, two-time champions Santhome HSS failed to qualify to the final after they went down to Don Bosco (Egmore) in the last-four stage of the Chennai leg that saw 32 schools invited to take part in the knockout tournament.
It was a memorable double for St Bede’s which had previously won the Chennai leg by beating Don Bosco in the final. St Bede’s had also won the City leg in the previous edition in 2013/14.
St Bede’s AIHSS, Chennai 163/6 in 20 overs (R Audhi Sachin 50, S Abishek 64, Nidish S Rajagopal 22, Hitesh Sharma 2/32, J Sibi Felix 2/19) bt Don Bosco (Egmore), Chennai 104 all out in 18 overs (P Parveen Kumar 34, R Sashangh Srinivas 2/14,P Vidyuth 3/27, MD Adnan Khan 2/7). MoM: S Abishek.
St Bede’s 138/6 in 20 overs (S Abishek 30, Nidhish S Rajagopal 57, T Shriram 2/16) bt Campion AIHSS, Tiruchi 71 all out in 16.3 overs (K Kesavan 24, TD Lokesh Raj 3/15, Raghvendra 2/6, P Vidyuth 3/13, Md Adnan Khan 2/13). MoM: Nidhish S Rajagopal.
Sri Jayendra Golden HSS, Tirunelveli 71 all out in 16.2 overs (G Sriram 45, E Kathiravan 2/14, Sumangal Singh 2/25, Hitesh Sharma 3/14) lost to Don Bosco (Egmore), Chennai 74/3 in 16.3 overs (S Ganesh 55 n.o.). MoM: S Ganesh.
Player of the Tournament: Nithish Rajagopal (St Bede's). Best Batsman: G Sriram (Sri Jayendra Golden, Tirunelveli). Best Bowler: Hitesh Sharma (Don Bosco).
Chennai T20 – Final:
Don Bosco (Egmore) 105 all out in 20 overs (P Praveen Kumar 29, J Sibi Felix 27 n.o., S Shyam Sundar 4/19) lost to St Bede's 106/6 in 20 overs (R Audhi Sachin 37, S Abishiek 24, Sibi Felix 4/33). MoM: Shyam Sundar.
Player of the Tournament: R Audhi Sachin (St Bede’s). Best Batsman: S Abishek (St Bede’s). Best Bowler: J Sibi Felix (Don Bosco).
In the Districts (all Finals):
Concordia HSS 167/6 in 20 overs (S Chinna 33, J Naveen 62 n.o.) bt Vidhya Vihar HSS 42 all out in 17.4 overs (Sunil 3/3). MoM: J Naveen.
Player of the Tournament: J Naveen (Concordia). Best Batsman: R Nitish Kumar (SVV HSS). Best Bowler: V Pratish (Concordia).
Siga HSS 60 all out in 16.2 overs (A Saravanan 5/10) lost to Govt HS (Vikravandi) 61/6 in 13 overs. MoM: A Saravanan.
Player of the Tournament: A Saravanan (Govt HS, Vikravandi). Best Batsman: M Kathiravan (Siga HSS). Best Bowler: Nithish Kumar (Siga HSS).
Holy Cross MHSS 141 all out in 19.5 overs (S Vignesh Kumar 3/41 including a hat-trick, M Kawin 3/27) bt Sri Vidya Mandir HSS 100/9 in 20 overs (Sri Hari Moorthi 49, T Sanjay 3/26, Karthick Kumar 3/13). MoM: T Sanjay.
Player of the Tournament: D Narasimha Raghavan (Sri Vidya Mandir, Anandasharam). Best Batsman: Prem Kumar (Sri Vidya Mandir HSS). Best Bowler: M Kawin (Holy Cross).
RKS Kalvinilayam 79 all out in 20 overs (M Ramesh 28, S Balaji 3/18) lost to Mani HSS 80/3 in 17 overs (A Jerish 50 n.o., T Mithun Raj 3/11). MoM: S Balaji.
Player of the Tournament: A Jerish (Mani HSS). Best Batsman: ND Harishankar (Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Vidyalaya). Best Bowlers: T Mithunraj (RKS Kalvinilayam) & C Senthilkumar (Sri Ramakrishna MHSS).
Silver Jubilee MHSS 133/6 in 20 overs (K Saran Balaji 42, K Mathesh 41) bt Alagu Jothi Academy 78 all out in 18.1 overs (G.Maheshwaran 3/21). MoM: K Saran Balaji.
Player of the Tournament: G .Maheswaran (Silver Jubilee). Best Batsman U .Ravishankar (Alagu Jothi). Best Bowler T.Mathesh (Silver Jubilee).
CS Academy 119/6 in 20 overs (Varun Karthik 53, Karan Rajan 30) bt Sagar Vidhya Bhavan 89/9 in 20 overs (Lakshman Bharani 27). MoM: Varun Karthik.
Player of the Tournament: Karan Rajan (CS A). Best Batsman: Lakshman Barani (Sagar Vidhya Bhavan). Best Bowler Aswin (Sagar Vidhya Bhavan).
Campion AIHSS 124/3 in 20 overs (R Hariharan 60 n.o.) bt The Boys HSS, Srirangam 94/6 in 20 overs (S Suryanarayan 25, R Prajeeth Chander 2/14, T Sriram 2/22). MoM: R Hariharan.
Zion Good Shepherd 151/7 in 20 overs (KR Ramkumar 42, Moin-udeen 38 n.o.) bt Le Chatelier 66 in 16.2 overs (KR Ramkumar 3/9). MoM: Moin-udeen.
Best Batsman: R Ajith (Le Chatelier). Best Bowler: Sri Karthikeyan (CEOA). Best All-rounder: KR Ramkumar (Zion Good Shepherd).
Bhavans (Kodaikanal) 155 all out in 20 overs (S Nirmal Kumar 84, S Ragul 3/38, S Nandhakumar 2/18) bt Thambithottam HSS 126 all out in 17.5 overs (S Mohan Nevas 26, Harsh Kumar 3/6, Satyajeet Singh 4/29). MoM: S Nirmal Kumar.
Sri Jayendra Golden HSS 166/7 in 20 overs (G Sriram 59, P Thanga Pandi 3/37) bt Sankar HSS 73 all out in 14.5 overs (Paramasivan 26, G Sriram 5/12). MoM: G Sriram.