Left-handed opener S Shyam Sundar hit a 53-ball 75 (8x4, 2x6) as St Bede’s AIHSS beat Velammal International by 73 runs for a winning start to their title defence in the Chennai leg of The Muthoot Group-sponsored 4th Junior Super Kings Inter-school T20 Championships which began at the St Bede’s ground on Tuesday.
PSBB Millennium (Gerugambakkam), Nellai Nadar MHSS and Vidya Mandir (Mylapore) also won their respective pre-quarterfinal matches.
Man of the match Shyam Sundar, who was Man of the Final in the previous edition for his medium-pace bowling display, put on 53 for the opening wicket with Vignesh S Iyer (26) and 98 for the next with Md Adnan Khan (50, 32b, 6x4, 1x6) as St Bede’s, opting to bat, put on 171/4.
Velammal International’s left-arm seamer A Sumesh and right-arm pacer Md Shafeequddin impressed with their movement and bounce but failed to contain batting-strong St Bede’s. In reply, Velammal International were restricted to 98/9 in 20 overs with pacer R Rahul and left-arm spinner P Vidyut sharing six wickets.
“It was a difficult wicket to bat on... also took us some time to get used to the white ball,” Shyam Sundar said. “140-plus was a defendable total and we were looking to make 40-45 runs in the first six overs,” he added.
St Patrick’s AIHSS v PSBB Millennium (Gerugambakkam)
PSBB Millennium beat St Patrick’s by six wickets with five balls remaining after bowling out their opposition for 87.
Opener R Aditya guided Millennium to victory with a well-made 36 not out. “We bowled really well... maintained a good length and also saved many boundaries,” Man of the match Aditya said.
Nellai Nadar MHSS v SBOA (Anna Nagar)
AP Ananda Kumar smashed 85 not out (45b, 11x4, 2x6) to fashion Nellai Nadar MHSS’s 104-run win over SBOA (Anna Nagar).
Put in, Nellai Nadar batted their opposition out of the match by posting 201/4 with Ananda Kumar putting on 65 with Md Aadhil Shan (40) and 114 with S Harish (51, 27b, 4x4, 3x6). SBOA were restricted to 97/3 in 20 overs in reply.
“I could have taken my chances and gone for a ton but I wanted to remain unbeaten,” said Man of the match Ananda Kumar.
Vidya Mandir (Mylapore) v Govt HSS (W Mambalam)
S Dhananjaya hit a fifty and put on 61 for the opening wicket with U Kailash (33) to help Vidya Mandir (Mylapore) edge out Government HSS (W Mambalam) by six wickets with two balls to spare.
“Felt good to help my side win but we should have finished it earlier.... not left it till the last over,” Man of the match Dhananjaya said.
Brief scores (Pre-quarterfinals):
St Bede’s A:
St Bede’s AIHSS 171/4 in 20 overs (S Shyam Sundar 75, Md Adnan Khan 50, A Sumesh 2-23) bt Velammal International 98/9 in 20 overs (S Ajay Kumar 38, R Rahul 3-60, P Vidyut 3-18). MoM: S Shyam Sundar. Spirited performer: S Ajay Kumar.
Nellai Nadar MHSS 201/4 in 20 overs (AP Ananda Kumar 85 n.o, S Harish 51, Md Aadhil Shan 40, S Sanjay Krishna 2-35) bt SBOA (Anna Nagar) 97/3 in 20 overs (JM Varun Kumar 42 n.o.). MoM: AP Ananda Kumar. Spirited performer: JM Varun Kumar.
St Bede’s B:
St Patrick’s AIHSS 87 all out in 19 overs (Rishi Tom Manz 42, Ananthapadmanabhan 2-14, P Shyam Ganesh 2-21) lost to PSB Millennium (Gerugambakkam) 88/4 in 19.1 overs (R Aditya 36 not out, B Ram Narayanan 21, Mohit Panghal 2-19). Man of the match: R Aditya. Spirited performer: Rishi Tom Manz.
Govt HSS (W Mambalam) 132/6 in 20 overs (H Md Suhaib 29, S Bharat Raj 24) lost to Vidya Mandir (Mylapore) 133/4 in 19.4 overs (U Kailash 33, S Dhananjaya 51). MoM: S Dhananjaya. Spirited performer: A Nitin Vijay (Govt HSS).
In the Districts:
RKS Kalvi Nilayam 145/5 in 20 overs (K Baladharan 62, M Sakthi Ajay 2-31) bt SBOA MHSS 65 all out in 17.3 overs (R Kevin 4-5). MoM: K Baladharan. Spirited performer: Sakthi Ajay (SBOA).
Stanes AIHSS 37 all out in 13.1 overs (B Nisanth Kumar 7-10) lost to Sri Ramakrishna MHSS 38 without loss in 3.5 overs (S Sachin 20 n.o.). MoM: B Nisanth Kumar.
Campion AIHSS 224/3 in 20 overs (M Mukil Adithyan 81, R Prajieth Chandler 69, T Arjun 44) bt Chinmaya Vidyalaya 78 in 19.5 overs (Emayavarman 3-9, P Shiv Naren 3-25). MoM: M Mukil Adithyan.
Kamala Nikethan 141/3 in 20 overs (C Sakthi Santhosh 42, M Vishanthan 58 not out) bt KAPV HSS 136/7 in 20 overs (Mariappan 70). MoM: M Vishanthan. Spirited performer: Mariappan.
TVS MHSS 88 in 17.5 overs (M Saranbalaji 33, A Lauren Nikhilan 5-12) lost to Le Chatelier 89/5 in 12.2 overs (E Umasankar 39 n.o.). MoM: A Lauren Nikhilan. Spirited performer: M Saranbalaji.
Dolphin MHSS 198/9 in 20 overs (G Naveen 97, M Jeyaraman 54, T Venkatesh 3-29) bt Sri Aurobindo Mira 190 all out in 19.4 overs (Anish 47, Nikhil 44, Sajith Ahamed 3-36). MoM: G Naveen. Spirited performer: Nikhil.