Green Valley Educational Institute Elahi Bagh outplayed Delhi Public School (DPS) Budgam by eight wickets in the opening match of the Kashmir Harvard U-16 Inter-School cricket tournament at TRC Ground here on Saturday.
The event organized by State Cricket Academy of J&K State Sports Council in collaboration with Amblin was inaugurated last week but the matches started on Saturday. In the tournament 16 school teams from various parts of Kashmir are participating.
Before the start of the match, both teams were introduced to star cricketer and now Sports Council cricket coach Abid Nabi. DPS won the toss and decided to bat to first. Playing first time on newly laid turf at TRC ground, DPS batsman failed to make their stay in the middle longer. The whole team got out for 66 runs in 16.1 overs. Ameer Shabir was pick of the bowlers for Green Valley taking three wickets. In reply Green Valley achieved the required target for the loss of only two wickets. With that Green Valley won match by eight wickets. Ameer was adjudged as man of the match.
Peoples Democratic Party youth wing secretary Arif Laigaroo was guest at the man of the match ceremony while as Abid Nabi, Gulzar Khan and Director Amblin Hinan Manzoor were other guests present.
Abid Nabi said that event aims to give top level competition to the school students and in this event they will find that.
“It is Under-16 event and aim is to give some top level competitive cricket to our school going students. All the teams who are competing in it are well prepared and some have the players who have played at national level,” Abid said.
“By playing against top teams on a well prepared pitch players with good facilities, these emerging cricketers will get a taste of top level cricket. They will learn from this and may get developed into better players. Normally we don’t see any top level competition at school level,” he added.
On Monday, RP School Malabagh would be playing against Vision School Malabagh. The event is sponsored by Kashmir Harvard, J&K Bank, Unibec Biscuits and Pure Max.