~ The school based at Uchiyarda, Jodhpur defeated Mayoor Chopasni School by 2 wickets Jodhpur district final on Thursday held at the Mayoor Chopasni School, and qualified for the Final leg of the competition ~
~ Government Senior Secondary School Pandravali also emerged as the winner from Barmer district, who were included as an additional wildcard district in the competition ~
~ Udaipur is set to host the remaining district leg of the state-wide inter-school U19 girls soft ball competition on 23rd & 24th September, while Kota's leg has been rescheduled to 26th September owing to heavy rainfall earlier on 17th September which was the original date ~
An exciting Jodhpur leg of the Rajasthan Royals Cricket Cup came to a conclusion on Thursday with Saraswati Vidya Ashram School emerging as the district winners of the competition by defeating Mayoor Chopasni School by 2 wickets in the district final held at the Mayoor Chopasni School ground. The victory ensures Saraswati Vidya Ashram School's qualification for the final leg of the state-wide inter-school U19 girls soft ball competition which will be held in Ajmer in October. Barmer was also added into the competition as a participating wildcard district owing to the tremendous interest shown by the schools present there, who traveled more than 400 kilometres to participate in the competition. Government Senior Secondary School Pandravali from Barmer won the district final by beating SVS School by 48 runs to register their place in the Final leg.
The Jodhpur leg of the tournament saw two days of action-packed entertainment for the participating teams as Saraswati Vidya Ashram School and Mayoor Chopasni School met in the district final. Having produced comprehensive performances on their way to the final, Saraswati Vidya Ashram School won the toss and opted to bowl in the penultimate match. Mayoor Chopasni School's effort with the bat meant that the first innings ended with them scoring an impressive 74 runs in their designated 10 overs. However, Saraswati Vidya Ashram School chased down the target with a ball to spare in what was a nervy finish.
17-year-old Vedika Singh from the Mayoor Chopasni School bagged the Blue Cap with six wickets, while her teammate Ipshita impressed with the bat as she scored 46 runs, and scored 4 fours to win the Pink Cap award, along with the Most Fours award. Saraswati Vidya Ashram School's 13-year-old Jyoti was awarded with the Best Catch.
In the Barmer final, Government Senior Secondary School Pandravali produced a comprehensive performance to defeat SVS School by 48 runs. Batting first, Government Senior Secondary School Pandravali put up an impressive total of 86-2 in their 10 overs, with Humera (25 runs) and Navi (19 runs) being the standout performers. SVS School failed to get a good start and were bundled out for 38 runs, giving Government Senior Secondary School Pandravali an impressive 48 run victory.
Government Senior Secondary School Pandravali's impressive display saw them sweep all the awards, with 12-year-old Jado (4 wickets) winning the Blue Cap and 14-year-old Humera (32 runs) winning the Pink Cap. Jado also won the award for the Best Catch, while 18-year-old Navi scored the Most Fours on the day.
The results from Thursday mean that Saraswati Vidya Ashram School from Jodhpur and Government Senior Secondary School Pandravali from Barmer will join Govt. Senior Secondary School, Khedla (Bhilwara), Mayo College Girls' School (Ajmer), and Mahatma Gandhi Government School, Badnu (Bikaner) in the Final leg of the Rajasthan Royals Cricket Cup.
With the wildcard addition of Barmer, the competition now features eight districts from across the Royals' home state of Rajasthan, and is aimed at making cricket more inclusive and accessible to the talented girl cricketers of the state. The tournament has seen the introduction of an innovative soft pink ball which is enabling more girls to play the sport at a starting level.
The last two remaining district legs of the tournament will be held in Udaipur on 23rd & 24th September 2023, and Kota on 26th September 2023.
More information about the tournament is available here.