BIS #7038 DBL’s U-17 Team Runner-Up at District Level Cricket Tournament

By Ms Qaafiya Syed for BISMumbai

The Under-17 cricket team of Don Bosco High School & Junior College, Lonavla, emerged as the runner-up in the intensely contested District Level Cricket Tournament held on 26 August 2023. The team battled against 70 other schools on the grounds of Subhash Chandra Bose Military School, Alandi, Pune, and etched their mark.

Amidst the deluge of record-high rainfall that Lonavla generally receives, the prospects of preparing for the district-level cricket matches upon the school's reopening are nearly impossible. Realising this predicament, the preparation commenced remarkably early in November 2022 and persisted till the end of April 2023 under the guidance of the coach, Mr Rahul Rathod. 

Following a brief respite of a month in May, the rigorous practices resumed in mid-June, when the school and the college reopened. However, the heavy, incessant rain in July and August made outdoor practices impossible. Undeterred by the heavy monsoon, the team players exhibited a tenacious resolve and practised indoors while keeping their spirits high. 

The team players were well acquainted with the age-old adage, “No gains without pains”. The sweat and dedication invested by the players yielded a bountiful harvest that was evident in their growing confidence with every practice. 

Leading by example, the team's captain, Dev Patel, demonstrated remarkable leadership both on and off the field. The astute strategic insights and unwavering dedication of the coaches, Mr Rathod and Mr Dinesh D'Souza, steered the team to the finals. The team was very close to victory, but lost the finals by eight runs. The cricket team was truly fortunate to have the steadfast support of the School Management, the Principal, the School Staff, and their Parents.

The staff and students of Don Bosco High School and College are elated and extend their heartfelt congratulations to the Under-17 Cricket team, which is brimming with immense pride. This achievement stands as a testament to their commitment, hard work and perseverance, as the team embraced numerous challenges and exemplified true sportsmanship throughout the tournament.