Dubai: The Maxtalent Global Sports (MGS) secured the boys’ under-11 and under-13 titles at the MGS Challenge Cup 2014 in Oman.
The MGS Challenge Cup cricket tournament is the brainchild of Maxtalent Global Sports International events and is currently played in South Africa, the United Kingdom, India, Qatar and Oman.
Coordinated by Muscat Cricket Coaching Centre and organised under the aegis of Oman Cricket, five teams participated in the T20 league tournament.
Both teams from Maxtalent Global Sports remained unbeaten with four wins each in the under-11 and under-13 competition until rain led to the final being a washout.
Led by Elred Rego, MGS opened with a seven-wicket victory over Indian School, Al Wadi Kabir, and in the second match they successfully chased down a total of 138 set by Muscat Cricket Coaching Centre ‘B’ with Sahil Shetty (67) and Pranav Adnani (29) performing with distinction.
In their third match, the under-13 boys from MGS saw off Boscher Olympic Centre, with Nakul Kumar making a quickfire 22 runs from 22 balls while Gatin Wadhwa chipped in with 19.
In their final league match, MGS clinched a nail-biter over Muscat Cricket Coaching Centre ‘A’ by just five runs. The MGS batting reached a decent 147 for 8 in their 20 overs, with Sahil Shetty and Pranav Adnani scoring 37 and 31 runs respectively.
In reply, Karan scored a defiant 50 for MCCC ‘A’ and was well supported by Girish’s 38 runs. But the pace of Pranav Adnani and Sripathy proved too much as the hosts fell short by five runs.
Not to be outdone, the under-11 team also matched their seniors, winning all three matches to end at the top of the standings.
Nine-year-old Ammar Badami shone for MGS in the competition, scoring a total of 142 runs at an average of 71 runs. MGS first got the better of MCCC ‘B’ by 34 runs, then overcame MCCC ‘A’ by six wickets and finally beat BOC by six wickets to remain unbeaten in the competition.
Legendary former Sri Lankan cricketer Duleep Mendis, who is in charge of Oman cricket development, presented the prizes to the winners.