Schoolboy Ansh Bhargava made a big impression as Banking Champs won the second edition of cricket's Red Dot Cup yesterday.
The 16-year-old United World College of South East Asia (East) student produced a good spell of fast bowling which helped Banking to restrict Construction August International to 143 all out in 15 overs in the final of the Twenty20 tournament at the Indian Association ground.
Banking then scored 145-7 in 14.2 overs, with Aritra Dutta hitting 44 runs off 27 balls, to dethrone the champions.
Overall, Ansh, a member of Singapore's Under-19 squad, had an economy rate of 7.50 and claimed four wickets from four matches competing with senior national team and Division One players.
The Red Dot Cup, involving teams from the banking, construction, marine and technology industries, gives young players a chance to reveal their abilities against tougher opposition.
It also provides a platform for hidden talents at the corporate grassroots level to shine.
Technology Torpedoes' Manoj Yadav was another player to make a mark. The Ceylon Sports Club Division Two player slammed 17 sixes, the highest in the tournament, as he totalled 148 runs (average 74) in three matches. His strike rate of 274.07 was also the best among all the batsmen.
"All the games were hard-fought and the tournament brought out fresh talent from the corporate world," said Andy Lim, director of cricket social network CricHQ, a sponsor of the tournament along with telecom services and solutions provider Si2i. "They were able to match the skills of Singapore's top players and on occasions do even better."