NewVIc retain London Cup
PUBLISHED: 11:30 10 July 2015
Captain Azlan Bhuiyan leads from the front and his brother Arafat Bhuiyan takes four wickets to inspire success
The Cricket Academy at Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) retained the coveted London under-19 Cup recently after beating Alleyn’s School at the Shenley Cricket Club.
2014/15 has been a remarkable season for the Cricket Academy, who also beat Brentwod School the week before in a warm-up match, but only success in the final of the prestigious event would leave the east Londoners happy.
NewVIc opened the batting against Alleyn’s School and dominated from the start with captain Azlan Bhuiyan top scoring by hitting 63 from 35 balls.
That enabled his side to finish on 197 all out and set a formidable target for their opponents to chase down.
Although Alleyn tried their best, they were no match for NewVIc and were eventually bowled out for just 38 inside 22 overs with Arafat Bhuiyan taking 4-13 from his six overs.
Skipper Azlan Bhuiyan, who inspired the cup triumph by smashing a half century, was full of praise for his team mates.
He said: “It was a pleasure to play with such a talented NewVIc side and feels great captaining them.
“The players have been supportive of me throughout the whole season and more importantly, each other. Everyone played their part in this victory and they deserve all the plaudits.”
Arafat Bhuiyan added: “To win the cup for the second year in a row felt really good, being able to contribute taking wickets and steaming in made it all the better. The boys worked really hard throughout the winter and it really paid off.”
NewVIc’s cricket academy coach Scott Simmons praised the effort his side has put in throughout the course of the season.
“The team have worked tirelessly all year to achieve this amazing feat and all the plaudits must go to them,” he added.
“To retain the London Cup is something they should be immensely proud of and now all the focus is on whether we can make it three years in a row!”
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