ASISC T-20 National Tournament 2017

It was indeed a proud privilege and honour for N L Dalmia High School to host the ASISC National T-20 Cricket Tournament consecutively for the 2nd year.

Although we have been successfully hosting the AISM regionals T-20 Cricket Tournament since its initiation by the Association (ASISC), hosting the Nationals last year was an experience par-excellence. The Success of the event encouraged us to take it forward this year too.

In all, we had 9 participating teams from different regions which included Uttar Pradesh and Uttarkhand, Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry, North West Region, A.P and Telangana Region, Maharashtra, Bihar & Jharkhand, Karnataka, North India region, West Bengal and Seven states of North East India region.

The registration of these teams was done on 13thNov and their boarding and lodging arrangements were done at the Mumbai Hockey Association, located at a prime area in close proximity of the venue (Ovals, Churchgate). To ensure that the teams had a comfortable stay, we had also arranged internal travel to pick and drop the teams.

A call was taken to have the league matches rather than the knock out matches to provide better opportunity to the participating teams who had travelled long distances to play the Nationals. League matches were played and the winners of these league matches played 20 overs Semifinal match. The fixtures were drawn in the presence of team members and their respective coaches on 13th Nov 2017 as the league matches were scheduled from 14thNov 2017 at the Oval Ground, Churchgate. The venue was booked with the purpose of giving our students the exposure of an enthralling experience to play on this heritage ground where renowned cricketers have played which is why it is a ‘Cradle of Cricket’ in Mumbai. The finals were planned at the Sprawling Greens of Police Gymkhana, Marine Drive. The final match of ASISC National T-20 Cricket Tournament was held on 17th Nov 2017 between Bihar & Jharkhand region and Maharashtra Region.

It was an honour & privilege to have amidst us our Chief Guest, Mr. Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, Our Guests of Honour Mr. K.V.Vincent, National Secretary and Treasurer of ASISC, Mrs. Perin Bagli , Secretary of AISM and Our Patron & Trustee, Hon. Secretary  Mr. Shailesh Dalmia for the opening ceremony. We also had the pleasure of hosting the Principals from the other Mumbai Schools.

A formal welcome to our Chief Guest and the Guest of honour was accorded by our Hon. Secretary Mr. Shailesh Dalmia. The CEO & Principal Ms. Seema Saini extended a warm welcome to all dignitaries. Principal Mrs. Saini introduced the Chief Guest to the gathering and also shared his contributions in making the CISCE Board student friendly and in giving sports its due recognition for ICSE students. Chief Guest Mr. Arathoon in his address, shared the Council’s initiative in promoting Sports. He further told the students that the Council has got the permission for its affiliated Schools to participate in the 63rd National Sports Games 2017-2018, conducted by SGFI (School Games Federation of India). He also motivated the students by declaring that the Winning team shall be a part of the 63rd National School Games representing the Council. Following the success at the 63rd National School Games they would also get the opportunity to participate in the ‘Khelo India’ program –a Govt of India initiative under the Hon’ble Prime Minister. To mark this important milestone and to spread the message of peace & prosperity, the Chief Guest released a ‘Dove’.

Truly inspired by the words of our Chief Guest, our students presented a grand opening ceremony which included a dance performance by our secondary students to the invigorating music of ‘Shiva’s Tandav Strotra’. Followed by a scintillating performance by the little ones from the primary section on the tunes of Egyptian music.

It was a Day & Night match played at the Police Gymkhana, Marine Drive. Pleasant weather, great ambience & a perfect cricket ground enveloped with lush green grass was set for the ASISC Nationals T 20 cricket tournament.

Organizing Secretary of the tournament Mr. Vinit Nalawade led the dignitaries for the Toss and release of the balloons.

Bihar& Jharkhand region won the toss and elected to bat.  They had a great start but due to the quick fall of wickets, they could only score 149 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets.

The Maharashtra team had a challenge of scoring 150 runs to win. Initially they were under pressure but once they came to bat, their confidence built up and they achieved their target in just 14 overs, without losing any wickets.

Maharashtra won by 10 wickets and Tatsat Singh was awarded the Man of the Match medal by the Chief Guest Mr. Gerry Arathoon.

The highlight was the jubilation of the Maharashtra team winning the ASISC Nationals T20 cricket tournament on their home ground. Our Chief Guest Mr. Gerry Arathoon felicitated the winners with a trophy, Gold medal and merit certificate.

Mr. K.V. Vincent honoured the 1st Runners up (Bihar & Jharkhand region) with a trophy, Silver medal and merit certificate.

The 2nd Runners up were the five times defending champions of U.P & Uttarakhand region. They were felicitated by Mr. K.V. Vincent with a trophy, Bronze medal, certificate.

The Commentators and the DJ added ‘Spunk’ to the event which concluded with the parents and spectators appreciating and feeling jubilant. We thank the AISM Regional and ASISC body for granting this opportunity to us and enabling us make this event a grand success.


ASISC T-20 National Tournament 2017