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It's a knockout success for college's cricketers

SOLIHULL Sixth Form's cricket team successfully defended their Warwickshire Schools u19 Knockout Cup with a 120-run victory over King Edwards VI.

SOLIHULL Sixth Form's cricket team successfully defended their Warwickshire Schools u19 Knockout Cup with a 120-run victory over King Edwards VI.

Batting first in the final at Kings Heath Cricket Club, the college piled on the runs and finished up on an impressive 241 for 7 off their 40 overs.

Alec Baker (90) and Junead Zaman (93) were the top scorers.

After a lengthy rain delay, King Edwards were undone by some unplayable bowling from Arsallan Mahmood (4-22) who helped reduce the Five Ways outfit to 43-5 early on.

Solihull never looked like allowing their opponents back into the game and finally had them dismissed for just 121.

Coach Gavin Shepherd was proud of his side and delighted with their continued success in the competition.

He said: "It demonstrates the depth of sporting talent we attract to the college year after year.

"This year the team's work ethic and professionalism has been second to none."

n There was more success for the college on the basketball court when the Sixth Form Academy, inspired by Dorian Benjamin, won the British Colleges Elite Conference Play-Off Championship.

The Academy rounded off their season in style as they beat National Cup holders Newcastle 82-62 at Huddersfield New College.

Solihull guard, Benjamin posted his fourth straight 20-points plus game, scoring a game-high 31 points.

He was joined in double-figures by Gerry Sanghera (21 points), Sam Rudge (12 points and 11 assists) and Dan Holmes (10 points), while AJ Wareham contributed eight points and 17 rebounds.

Delighted coach Richard Parker said the boys were fantastic and paid tribute to the high-scorers.

"We have talked all year about how we have to get better on defence," he said. "Today we stopped talking and put it into action. It's going to take a long time for this to sink in especially as it is our first season." ..SUPL:

 

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