Schools sport: ACS (I) dominates B Division cricket final, beats Victoria by 50 runs

ACS (I)'s bowler and vice-captain Sidhant (left) celebrates as Victoria School's batsman and vice-captain Devanshu Bisht (right) suffers a run out in the B Division cricket final.
ACS (I)'s bowler and vice-captain Sidhant (left) celebrates as Victoria School's batsman and vice-captain Devanshu Bisht (right) suffers a run out in the B Division cricket final. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) won the 2016 B Division cricket crown for the second consecutive year, defeating Victoria School by 50 runs. This is their seventh cricket title since 2006.

The defending champions got off to a shaky start when captain Yuvraj Singh was bowled in the second over after scoring just five runs. Vice-captain Sidhant was then dismissed in the eighth over.

However, ACS(I) rallied and went on to score 122 runs, thanks in large part to a stellar 55 not out by opening batsman Dipon Basu.

"I did not just want to do it for myself, but for my school," said Dipon, 15. "I wanted to stay in the game after my captain and vice-captain were out, and make sure the team didn't become shaky."

Captain Singh said that the match was proof of the talent within the ACS(I) team.

"We proved today that we have depth in our batting, with many good players," he said."Cricket is definitely a team game. All eleven players have to fight together, otherwise it is difficult to win."

Victoria were playing in the final for the first time since 2010. Vice-captain Devanshu Bisht, 16, admitted that nerves could have played a part in his team's performance.

"We're playing in the finals after six years, so we're not really used to dealing with the tension," he said. "However, it was still a really good experience, especially for the Secondary Three students, so maybe they will be able to go on and win in the finals next year."

In the bronze medal match, Raffles Institution defeated Saint Andrew's Secondary School by 8 wickets.

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