On Thursday 11 July 2013, Kingsbury High School, Year 10 students were crowned Brent Champions after beating JFS in a tightly contested game.
Match Report: JFS took the advantage, having won the toss & batted first. Kingsbury captain, Mohammed Rizvi made early inroads by taking two wickets, with the visitors on 15 runs after the first three overs. JFS then really took the initiative by piling on the runs, with their opening batsman making 38, finally being trapped ‘leg-before-wicket’ in the eighteenth over. Bhavik Hirani took three wickets towards the end of the innings, to prevent the opposition passing the century mark.
Having been set a target of 95 to win, at a run-rate of 4.7 runs per over, Kingsbury struggled to keep up with the target set by JFS. The visitors bowled and fielded extremely well for thirteen overs, with Kingsbury suffering a batting collapse. At this point, the opposition had the upper-hand, with Kingsbury at 46 runs with 7 wickets down. A bleak outcome appeared inevitable, with 7 runs per over the required rate with only three wickets remaining. The fight-back began with Thelagan Koneswaran making a quick-fire fourteen, before being caught. With four overs remaining Bhavik Hirani and Viren Patel set about the run chase, speeding between the wickets and hitting regular boundaries, bringing the winning post within sight. The outcome was still uncertain at the beginning of the nineteenth over, with nine runs required for victory and only two wickets remaining. Viren took the initiative, hitting a couple of fours and with the final boundary the winning runs, and nine balls still remaining.
This was a remarkable Kingsbury victory, given the reliance on the bottom-order to pull off the win. Man-of-the-match was Bhavik Hirani: taking three wickets for 15 runs and posting 20 not out with the bat. The whole squad are to be commended for their positive attitude and sportsmanship, in what has been a very successful season, including reaching the Middlesex semi-final and being crowned Brent champions!
[image by Mr J Taylor; report by Mr G Williams]