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2012-03-15 10:50:37

Patna School's Alumni, St Xavier's & St Michael's clash for the 8th Father Clear - Father Cox final Cricket Match, St Xavier's win

Two prominent Patna Schools' Alumni, St Xavier's & St Michael's clashed this weekend for the 8th Father Clear - Father Cox final Cricket Match. St Xavier's won the match played at IIT, Delhi Cricket Ground on 11 March. Overall there have been 20 encounters between them since 2004-05.

Over the years, the alumni cricket in Delhi has gone much further than just only Xavier Vs Mikes matches. A combined team of best players from the two schools has been formed which plays matches against Indian Revenue Service (IRS), CBI, Civil Services XI, IIT Delhi, KRIBCHO XI, Delhi Doctors XI and the PVR Group.

In 2011-12, in the current season, Xavier’s-Michael’s combine defeated the IRS, IIT Delhi, KRIBCHO (twice), and Doctor’s XI. Last year, two day-night matches were also organized. Thus, cricket has become an important means of bonding between the alumni members of both the schools while also promoting the spirit of sports & brotherhood.
In 2011 three matches were organized in Patna also in the memory of Late Hemant Sinha, 78 batch where players from Xavier’s & Michael’s based at Patna participated. The match was held at the Bihar Cricket Academy ground at the Moin-ul-Haq Stadium with Amikar Dayal, 81 batch (Ex India Under 19 Captain) and Syed Saba Karim, 82 batch (Ex Indian Test Player and famous commentator).

Winning the toss, the St Michael’s team decided to field first and invited the Xaverians to bat in the 8th Father Clear - Father Cox Final Cricket Match between St Xavier’s & St Michael’s Patna alumni. Vinay Sood & Rajoy Sinha started off well for Xaverians and the first wicket fell at a solid score for 96 in the 12th over when Sinha got out (at 40 with 4 boundaries) on the ball of Sunny caught in covers by Shivesh. Thereafter, wickets kept falling at regular intervals and the team made 193 for 4 in 26 stipulated overs. Some fine strokes were played by Vishal Narayan, 83 batch (25), Vibhuti Singh, 82 batch (15) and Naveen Chandra, 78 batch and St Xavier’s captain (10 not out). Sood played the sheet-anchor role and remained not out at 88 in 71 balls with 8 hits to the fence.

The bowling of the St Michael’s team (Mikes) was fairly good with Sharat Sinha, 81 batch, IV Singh, 75 batch, Sunny, 81 batch and RK Singh, 80 batch got one wicket each. IV Singh was quite economical, conceding only 18 runs in the four overs he bowled. The fielding however was lacking to some extent and about 20 runs were conceded unnecessarily.
Chasing the target of 194 at the asking rate of 7.5 runs per over, Mikes were well placed with the first wicket falling only at the total of 168 runs in the 22nd over (at the rate of 7.66 per over) when Chandramani (CM) Singh, 84 batch got out at his score of 32 in 42 balls on Rajoy Sinha’s ball (slow batting as Sharat Sinha had already made his century by then). At that time, with nine wickets in hand and only 26 runs to score in 24 balls, victory seemed a cakewalk for the Michaelites, with may be, an over to spare even.

However, the misery started soon for the Mikes and in the 23rd over, Sanjeev Bhahadur, 81 batch was bowled by Vishal Narayan, who gave only five runs in that over while earlier he had conceded 34 runs in 4 overs. Then, an unexpected event happened and in the 24th over Rajoy got a hattrick wicket (IV Singh, Sunny and Biswadeep, 79 batch, clean bowled on Duck) with simply straight bowling on the wicket. In this over he took 3 wickets for only 2 runs.

In the 25th over, Vikas Narayan, 83 batch (who was hammered for 62 runs in his five overs, mostly by Sharat Sinha, in one over 21 runs {3x4 & 1x6} and 16 runs {3x4} in the other), clean bowled RK Singh who could make only one run in three balls. Next two balls played by new batsman Diwakar Bhagat, 83 batch could take only a single and the last ball was sent to boundary by Sharat. In the last over (26th) bowled by Rajoy, Mikes needed 12 runs. But Bhagat got run out on two in the four balls he played. Rajoy maintained his line & length and gave only six runs and Mikes could manage only 187 for 7, thus loosing the match by six runs.

Final 24 deliveries proved fatal for the Mikes as they could manage only 19 runs and lost 7 wickets. Sharat Sinha remained not out on 117 with 18 fours and one and the only six of the match. Last year Michael’s had won the final on this venue on the same date and just by six runs. What a coincidence! This was overall 12th victory of Xaverians including five finals while Mikes have won eight times including three finals. In total, 20 matches have been played between them since 2004-05. Before this final, on 26th February 2012, in the Semi-finals at DPS RK Puram Grounds, Mikes had defeated Xaverians by 11 runs (Sharat Sinha, 98 not out {13x4 & 3x6} in 82 balls and Vinay Sood, 65 not out in 58 balls {7x4} were again the chief scorers).

The annual affair of lunch get-together of Xaverians and Michaelities with family over cricket final match in the memory of Father Cleary & Father Cox as in past attracted many members who came with their wives and children. The total gathering was over 150 excluding the players. Among the seniors were, Kawaljit Singh, 46 batch & the President of SXXA, CR Bose, 48 batch, Ashish Mukherjee, 52 batch with his wife, Amit Sircar and Prashanto Bose, 55 batch, Dilip Sen, 56 batch, Pratap Bahadur, 57 batch with his wife, Anjan Ghosh, 64 batch with his wife, Dr Arup Sen Gupta, 64 batch, Shishin Sahi, 66 batch with his wife, Amal Mukherjee, 66 batch with his wife, Rajiv Burman, 68 batch, Yaspal Chauhan, 70 batch with his wife, Ravi Burman, 71 batch with his wife, Ariful Hoda, 73 batch with his wife, Samar Priyadashi, 73 batch with his wife, Pradeep Bahri, 74 batch, Manoj Srivastva, 75 batch, Pandey SK Sahay, 75 batch, Amitabh Mukopadhyaya, 75 batch, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, 77 batch, Mohanish Varma, 79 batch, Shaival Sahay, 80 batch, Tarun Singh, 81 batch with his wife, Shiv Shankar, 81 batch and many others witnessed the match and enjoyed the Litti-Chokha, Biryani among many other delicious varieties of food arranged with the help of Ranjit Singh, 82 batch.

The award ceremony was held with much fanfare and senior alumni members gave prizes to special performers (list attached). The Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards went to Sharat Sinha and was given by his wife Rina on popular demand of all those present over there on proposition of Kawaljit Singh. The Runner-up shield (Father Cox Cup) was given to the Michaelite team by Kawaljit Singh while the Winner’s Shield (Father Cleary Cup) was awarded to Xaverians by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Rajya Sabha MP & Ex Union Minister. The reunion ended with vote of thanks by Rudy & Chief Guest, Kawaljit Singh with a vow to hold the spirit of game & continue to promote brotherhood through sports.


1.St Michael’s won the toss and decided to field first. St Xavier’s scored 193 for 4 wickets and St Michael’s 187 for 7 wickets, both in 26 overs. St Xaviers won by 6 runs

4.Special Award for Best Fielder went to RK Singh (received by Mohinish Varma as he had to leave earlier) for Excellent sky-high catch on long-on boundary after running 20 metres presented by Kawaljit Singh

5.Special Award for Best Bowler to Rajoy Sinha for 6 overs 31 runs & 4 wickets (including a hat trick) presented by CR Bose

6.Special Award for Best Batsman to Vinay Sood for 88 not out in 71 balls (8 hit to boundary) presented by Kawaljit Singh

7.Special Award for Good Batting to Vishal Narayan for 25 in 17 balls, 4 fours presented by Amit Sircar

8.Special Award for Good Bowling to IV Singh for figure of 4 overs, 18 runs & 1 wicket presented by Dr Ashish Mukherjee

9.Special Award for Good Fielding to Jyotirmoy Chatterjee, 72 batch for Stopping at least 10 boundaries in fine leg area presented by Kawaljit Singh

10.Best All Round Performance to Rajoy Sinha for 40 in 35 balls ( 4 fours) and 4 wickets for 31 runs (including a hat trick) presented by Shyamali, w/o Dr Ashish Mukerjee

11.Good All Round Performance to Vibhuti Singh for scoring 15 runs in 14 balls (1 four), good wicket keeping, field placement & fighting spirit presented by PK Bose

12.Sportsman Spirit Award went to Ranjit Singh for helping out in alumni cause and was presented by Anjan Ghosh

13.Award for Alumni Cause went to Sanjay Singh PL, 70 batch (could not attend) for supporting the event

14.Award for Promoting Alumni Cause went to Raj Vikas Varma, 70 batch (could not attend) supporting the event

15.Award for Display of High Sportsman Spirit went to Naveen Chandra for being the winning Captain and for excellent display of batting, bowling & camaraderie and was presented by Kawaljit Singh

16.Never- Die Spirit Award went to Pankaj Jha, 82 batch for excellent bowling, field management & strong fighting spirit and was given by Dilip Sen

17.Man of the Match award went to Sharat Sinha for his 117 not out in 87 balls (18x 4; 1x6) and 1 wicket for 45 and keeping his cool as captain that was presented by his wife Rina Sinha

18.Man of the Series award went to Sharat Sinha for his i) 120 not out against Rest of Mikes XI ii) 117 not out against Xavier’s XI in final iii) 98 not out against Xavier’s in Semi Finals iv) 79 against Civil Services XI v) 75 against IRS, XI vi) Two scores in 40s and one in 30s vii) Total Score(in the season 2011-12)= 658 runs in 16 matches (3 not outs) and taken 15 wickets (till 11.3.12 match) (average runs scored =50.61 per match)

19.Fr Cox Shield went to Runners-up St Michael’s XI and was given by Kawaljit Singh
Fr Cleary Shield went to Winners St Xavier’s XI and was given by Rajiv Pratap Rudy

20.Before this match, the score between the two teams was 11:8 in favour of Xavier's and is now 12:8 in favour of Xavier’s.

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