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GEMS Modern Academy do the treble at the GEMS Cricket Cup

GEMS Cricket Cup - GEMS Sports Series

GEMS Modern Academy’s U12, U14 and U16 squads have claimed the champions title in the 1st GEMS Cricket Cup, while GEMS Winchester School won the U10 category – beating the best GEMS school cricket teams in the country.

Some of UAE's best young cricket players gathered in the 10 over GEMS Sports Series tournament, delivered by ESM and Technical Partner ESM Cricket Academy, which saw more than 12 schools and 500+ players enter the competition over 8 days on scintillating cricket action. 

In the GEMS Cricket Cup U14 final, GEMS Modern Academy (GMA) played against GEMS Millennium School, Sharjah (GMS). GMA had put in some dominating performances in their group games, especially from their captain and UAE player, Aditya Shetty, who had taken a hattrick in the semi-finals. GMS, on the other hand, would depend on their opening batsmen, Anulome Kishore & Anshul Kaithakkal, who posted an unbeaten opening partnership of 125 runs to take their schools to the finals. The final was to be a great contest between the best bowling side against a destructive batting lineup.  

Eventually, a disciplined bowling and fielding display from GMA outperformed GMS, as GMA won by 9 wickets. 2 wickets each from Dhariya, Yash & Harshit ensured GEMS Modern Academy restricted their opposition, even though Anulome Kishore & Anshul Kaithakkal provided a good start. When it came to chasing the target, it was a one-man show as Rudra Mahadev (GMA) smashed an unbeaten 41 in just 14 deliveries to ensure an emphatic victory for his side. 

The U16 final had a similar story, as the GEMS Modern Academy (GMA) boys cruised through to the finals. They came into the tournament with a lot of confidence after winning a high-profile tournament and the presence of captain & UAE player Ronak Panoly. Their opponents, GEMS Winchester International School (GWIS), put in all-round performances in their group games as speedster Jardel Pereira and opening batsman Prithvi Venkatkrishna ensured they carried the team to the finals on their shoulders.

In what was a tactical move, GWIS were put into bat first in the final. The move paid off for GMA, as bowlers Ronak and Sidharth took 2 wickets each and ensured the batsman was unable to play freely. GWIS could only muster a total of 39 runs. 

With the explosive batting lineup at GMA’s disposal, it would look like this final would wrap up early. A charged-up GEMS Winchester International School ensured they put that theory to rest, as their opening bowlers struck early and at one point had GMA at 8 runs for 3 wickets. However, the man for the finals, Rudra once again single-handedly helped carry his team to the target with a brilliant 24 runs. 

In the U12 final, GEMS Modern Academy (GMA) was looking to add another trophy in their cabinet but a determined GEMS Winchester School (WIN) were in their way after a series of great results. However, through a very disciplined all-round performance, GMA registered their 3rd trophy with an emphatic victory.

GEMS Winchester School (WIN) were not done yet, as their youngest U10 squad were in their category finals against a very promising The Kindergarten Starters (KGS) side. These players may be small in size but their impact on the field was amazing to see, as many were entertained with some great cricket action on the final day.  WIN’s consistent performance throughout the day ensures they won the U10 finals in style.

GEMS Modern Academy team coach Mohammad Shafiq said: “Our team’s victory is due to the hard work of the boys and the school management’s support that ensures regular training. The boys put in two near faultless displays and the thing that amazed everyone was the spirit of the team in the field.”

The tournament saw many spectacular performances across both age groups. Rudra Mahadev (GMA) was awarded MVP in the U14 category, while team mate Ronak Panoly was awarded MVP in the U16 category. Shourya Raj (GMA) exceptional performance also earned him the title of MVP in the U12 category, while Kushal Chandnami (KGS) was named MVP in the U10 category for his splendid performances throughout the tournament.  

Throughout the U10, U12, U14 & U16 tournament, the young cricketers combined to score more than 1,856 runs, as well as notch more than 154 wickets. "These numbers indicate just one thing: that there are some very talented young cricketers in GEMS. By launching this new event for GEMS Schools this year as part of the GEMS Sports Series, we are raising the profile of cricket at youth level and giving more opportunities to play". James Bowring, Managing Director – ESM said after the event.

Nargish Khambatta, Principal at GEMS Modern Academy, was absolutely thrilled at about her school team’s achievements. “It’s always wonderful to engage our youngsters in sport, and there are few who conduct a Cricket Tournament at the professional standards displayed throughout the GEMS Cricket Cup. Having a mature cricket team at Modern, a first-class coach and excellent facilities literally in your backyard help keep the lads performing to their potential and beyond. Kudos to ESM for doing such a sterling job”