The Punjab Education Board are all about making sure that every single student gets access to the education that they deserve, but they also have a huge love for cricket, so they organise a yearly tournament between the different schools that they help run.
How Does This Tournament Work?
The different districts of the Punjab state can enter a team into the competition. The team can be formed using the best players from the different schools in the district.
Many of the students love cricket as well, so to make sure that everyone has a chance to showcase their skills and put their name forward to be selected for the team, there are yearly trials. Those who are selected for the team have some added incentive to perform to the best of their ability in each game as there are often cricket scouts present to see if they can find any extreme talent. There have been quite a few students from our school who have been selected to play for some talented teams in India as mentionned the site www.cricketonlinebetting.in. We think that in the future, one of our students will go on to play for the national side.
The tournament takes place in August every year. There are always quite a number of teams competing, so the average tournament will last around 1 week. We have it in August because the students are on their summer holidays at this time. We love cricket as much as the next person, but we don’t want our students missing any lessons.
The competition has the following format. The participating teams are put into two groups, where everyone will play each other once, in a T20 match. The top two in each group will advance to the next stage. The winner of Group A will play the winner of Group B, while the winner of Group B, will play the winner of Group A. The winners of these two games will then play in the final for the right to lift the trophy.
Who Were Victorious in the 2019 Competition?
Twelve teams competed in this year’s competition, meaning that there were two groups of six. The Amritsar team and the Bathinda team finished first and second in Group A, while the Firozpur team and the Jalandhar team finished first and second in the Group B. This meant that Amritsar played Jalandhar in the first semi-final and Firozpur played Bathinda in the second one.
Amritsar batted first in the first semi-final and managed to score 179 from their 20 overs thanks to a fine 79 from 64 balls by Pradeep Singh. Momir Khan was the pick of the bowlers for Jalandhar, picking up 3 wickets for 35 runs. In their chase, Jalandhar struggled against some fine bowling and were bowled out with three overs to spare for 143 runs. Ajinkya Singh was the pick of the Amritsar bowlers as he collected 4 wickets for 19 runs from the 4 overs that he bowled.
Firozpur batted first in the second semi-final and scored 184 from their 20 allotted overs. This was mainly thanks to a staggering 90 from 67 balls by Amjit Kumar. Virat Singh was the best bowler for Bathinda as he picked up 3 wickets for 28 runs from the 4 overs that he bowled. Bathinda gave it their best shot when it was their turn, but their best wasn’t good enough in the end. They scored 170 from their 20 overs, with Kuldeep Yadav top scoring with 60 from 40 balls.
This meant that Amritsar and Firozpur contested the final. Amritsar won the toss and decided that it would be best to bat first. From their 20 overs, they managed to post an imposing 190 runs, thanks to half centuries from Ravinder Kumari and Ravi Verma. Nitin Kumar was the best bowler for Firozpur as he collected 3 wickets for 29 runs from 4 overs. Not many people gave Firozpur a chance of chasing this score down, but Vishal Kumar disagreed. He smashed 110 from 70 balls to help see his side home with 7 balls remaining.