Defeat the team from Bhaskar Talent School by seven wickets

Kadiri-based Valmiki High School cricketers were on cloud nine as they went on to win the final of the inter-zonal interschool under-16 cricket tournament for Coca Cola Cup at IGMC Stadium against Kakinada’s Bhaskar Talent School in a convincing manner on Thursday.

They defeated their rivals by seven wickets and booked their ticket to New Delhi, where they would meet nine other winners from nine centres in the all-India fixture from April 24.

The Valmiki team also pocketed Rs. 50,000 for emerging victorious in the zonal fixture while the Bhaskar team settled for Rs. 35,000 as runners-up. The Bhaskar team made 102 in 35.4 overs and, in reply, the Valmiki team overhauled the target in the 22nd over by losing three wickets. Speaking at the prize distribution function, former international stumper and Andhra Cricket Association director (operations) M.S.K. Prasad said the players from the both the teams had the wherewithal to represent Andhra and India in the higher-level of cricket.

Pat for wicket keepers

“Both wicketkeepers (Santosh and Sampath) were good. I would like to have them in the residential academies coming up from this academic year. The ACA will take care of their education as well,” said Mr. Prasad amid thunderous applause. He said some of the players had the skills to represent Andhra in the State teams. Procam International director Sankaran said while it was easy to get sponsor for senior cricket, the junior cricket, especially the school cricket, suffered owing to lack of sponsors. “School cricket was sponsored by Parle and Boost earlier. Now, Coca Cola is taking care of school cricket. Next year, we would like to add two more States to the existing 10.” He also asked the players to concentre on physical fitness as it was paramount for the success of any cricketer at any level of cricket.

He said 22 boys would be selected after the New Delhi tourney and they would be kept in a camp under the Australian coaches. “We will select a final 15-member squad to travel to Sri Lanka to play a three-match series. Later, we will select the best of three players who will travel to England and stay with three families and pursue their education and cricket,” explained Mr. Sankaran.

ACA treasurer Raheem, ACA Central Zone secretary Koka Ramesh, and ACA media manager C. R. Mohan took part in the function.

They will now meet nine winners in the all-India fixture for Coca Cola Cup from April 24

  • ACA director (operations) M.S.K. Prasad asks players to concentrate on fitness

  • They will now meet nine winners in the all-India fixture for Coca Cola Cup

    in New Delhi

    from April 24