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Natasha's knock in vain as UAE lose first tie

12/13/2008 11:45 PM | By K.R. Nayar, Senior Reporter

Dubai:  UAE vice-captain Natasha Michael Cherriath waged a lone battle as UAE lost to Hong Kong by eight wickets in the opening match of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-19 Women's Championship.

According to information from the Prem Oval in Thailand, Hong Kong won the toss and put the UAE in to bat. Natasha withstood the strong Hong Kong attack despite wickets falling around her. She top scored with a fighting 29 in her team's total of 60 all out.

The chief destroyer of the UAE innings was Hong Kong skipper Keenu Gill, who took five wickets for just three runs from the 4.3 overs she bowled.

UAE lost an early wicket when Godiva Li clean-bowled Monique D'Souza for a duck. Natasha, who joined opener Sneha Sankar, put on 43 runs for the second wicket.

Sneha scored just six runs as Natasha did the bulk of the scoring.

Gill, who introduced herself as the fifth bowler, clean-bowled the next three batswoman and also had Jesar Shah caught and bowled.

She also trapped Spoorthy Prakash leg before.

Except for Natasha, none of the other batswoman reached double figures. UAE would have been bowled out for a lower score, but for the 22 extras and Natasha's knock under pressure.

Hong Kong lost early wickets when Jesar Shah dismissed Chan Sau Har for 5 and Samiya Saleem clean bowled Manpreet Kaur for 3. But Gill hit an unbeaten 28 runs and along with Jaswinder Kaur lead the team to victory.

UAE take on Thailand in their second match of the championship today.

Five-nation event

Meanwhile, Dubai DPS Young Talents Cricket Academy will stage a Five Nations Cricket Tournament at the DPS Jebel Ali grounds for Under-13 and Under 11 players.

Besides the four subcontinent-represented teams, there will also be a team from England.

The teams have been named Danube Emirates India, Desert Springs Emirates, Yoko Emirates Pakistan, Everest Sports Emirates Sri Lanka, and Bradford England.

The tournament will start on December 18 and will conclude with the finals being played on December 23.

The tournament will be played in a round-robin format with the top two teams qualifying for the final. The one-day cricket rules will apply for all games consisting of 30 overs per side.

Each bowler can bowl a maximum of 6 overs each. "This is a great chance for young budding cricketers to prove their skills in a challenging tournament and win attractive prizes," remarked Shahzad Altaf the chief organiser and coach of YTCA.

Summarised scores:

Hong Kong bt UAE by 8 wickets.

UAE: 60 in 22.3 overs (Natasha Cherriath 29, Keenu Gill 5 for 3)

Hong Kong: 61 for 2 (Keenu Gill 28 n.o) Player of the match: Keenu Gill.

Except for Natasha none of the other batswoman reached double figures. UAE would have been bowled out for a lower score but for the 22 extras and Natasha's knock of 29 runs.

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