GEORGETOWN: Klang Valley outfits Kuala Lumpur and Selangor hogged the limelight as the eight-day Malaysian School’s (MSSM) Cricket challenge ended in Penang yesterday.
While the Kuala Lumpur schoolboys went against the odds to gun down a highly fancied Kelantan side to be crowned Under-18 champs for the first time in their campaign in the Malaysian Schools scene, Selangor capped their outing in Penang by emerging as the overall champs.
Although Selangor were only placed third in the Under-18, their ability to finish runners-up to Johor in the Boys’ Under-12 challenge was good enough to see them emerge as the best overall finisher.
But for Kuala Lumpur, their feat of defeating the high-riding Kelantan side by a comfortable 16 runs at the Penang Free School ground yesterday, proved to be a historical outing, it being their first taste of glory in the MSSM cricket challenge.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, KL scored 109 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 30 overs, with Divakaran and Virandeep Singh emerging as their top contributors with 31 runs and 13 runs respectively.
Coupled with the superb bowling of Nik Nazran Sufri who captured five wickets in six overs, Kelantan were made to feel the pinch when they were all out after securing just 93 runs.
Then, as icing to their cake, Kuala Lumpur bowler Nik Nazran was rightly adjudged as the Man of the Final.
If Kuala Lumpur proved to be a sensation in the Under-18, Johor did even better when they successfully retained the Boys’ Under-12 crown.