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Monday 9th May 2016
NAS U9 Boys Cricket vs GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail
NAS 241-3 : 214-8 WEK

Sunday 1st May 2016

On Sunday afternoon the NAS U9 cricket team faced GEMS WEK at home in their second game of the season. After a convincing win against Victory Heights last week, the U9 boys were in a confident mood against a WEK team playing their first game of the season.

After winning the toss, captain Archie Triplow (4A) elected to bowl first giving WEK the chance to get some runs on the board first. Some great bowling from NAS Sumair Kandhari (3F) limited WEK to a few early singles until Arjun Nanda (4C) stepped up taking a hatrick in the 3rd over to leave WEK with an uphill task who finished their innings with a  total of 214 – 8
After a short break for lunch NAS were sent into bat and with the first ball of the innings were bowled which made everyone think, including a great crowd of parents, it's game on! After a shaky start NAS soon composed themselves and some clever batting from Zain Huda (4A) and Javieer Amaan (4B) put NAS in a comfortable position and gave them an overall score of 241-3 and a second win of the season!

Danny Thomas/Shane Thornton (NAS U9 Cricket Coaches)
I was particularly impressed with how we fielded today, the boys bowling has improved considerably and we will continue to work on this. After a shaky start with the bat, we composed ourselves and got the runs needed to win the game. We look forward to our final league game against Repton next week.

Man of the match – Arjun Nanda (4C)

NAS U11 Boys Cricket vs GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail
NAS 270-3 : 193-9 WEK

Sunday 2nd May 2016

On Monday afternoon the NAS U11 cricket team travelled to GEMS WEK in their next DASSA cricket fixture.  After last week’s disappointing loss to Safa School, the boys trained hard during the week and were ready to show an improved display.

As always Kai Smith (6E) started well with some fine bowling restricting the hosts in the first over, before Shane Thomas (5B) took a wicket with the first ball of his over. Josh Harbour (6E) then bowled WEK at middle stop before an exceptional over from Nicholas Rutherford (6B), claiming 4 wickets in one over to give WEK an uphill task. There was still time for Josh Harbour to catch another 2 balls as wicket keeper off the bowling of Ed Reynolds (5A) and William Hallet (6D) giving NAS a comfortable target to reach in their innings. NAS went into bat and Kai Smith (6E) was in no mood to mess around scoring 20 off the second over alongside Guillaume Castree (6C) to give NAS a good lead. Theo Armes (6F) added to this score alongside Josh Harbour increasing NAS lead further. Shane Thomas (5B) and Nicholas Rutherford (6B) cemented NAS position in the game further and William Hallet (6D) and Ben Sherriff (6B) sealed the NAS victory winning the game by 77 runs and 6 wickets.

Danny Thomas/Shane Thornton (NAS U11 Cricket Coaches)
A improved performance from the boys who bowled and fielded much better this week. We still need to work on this as we look forward to our next league game against league leaders Repton next week.

Man of the match – Nicholas Rutherford (6B)
NAS U13 Boys Cricket vs GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis
NAS 61-3 : 137-3 WSO
Sunday 2nd May 2016

A rare treat this week as the U13 boys turned out in front of our own crowd against an undefeated WSO side. With WSO winning the toss and electing to bat first, they recorded a fantastic score of 137 runs for 3 wickets.

NAS now faced a very tough challenge but some brilliant batting from Agasthya Khurana gave the team hope with 10 overs to play. Unfortunately on this occasion we left it too late and eventually fell short of the target set by WSO.

A great effort from the boys, not just in this particular fixture but throughout the whole season. 

Adam Smith
NAS U15 Boys Cricket vs Dubai British School
NAS 93-6 : 117-7 DBS

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

On Tuesday afternoon an upbeat U15 boys cricket team travelled away to DBS in the hope of our first victory of the season. NAS won the toss and elected to bowl first. This appeared to be a smart decision as the boys managed to take 7 wickets and limit DBS to 118 runs. The scene was set as NAS stepped up to bat, and in the 6th over things started to look promising. However it wasn't to be as some brilliant bowling from the DBS boys slowed down the scoring and NAS eventually ended with 93 runs for 6 wickets.

A great achievement from the boys and we look forward to competing in our final fixture against Emirates International School.

Adam Smith 
NAS U15 Boys Cricket vs Emirates International School Meadows
NAS 52-5 : 54-2 EISM

Wednesday 4th May 2016

In the final cricket fixture of the season NAS welcomed Emirates International School Meadows in what proved to be a very close match. Batting first, NAS produced a brilliant score of 52 runs off just 12 overs, with Emil Robberstad the highest scorer on 13. Following this EISM found it difficult to make runs due to some accurate bowling, with Kush Kandhari starring, taking two wickets himself. In the end some powerful batting from EISM saw them over step the target set by NAS and eventually finish strong on 54 runs.

Again a superb effort from all NAS students involved in the cricket squad, I look forward to seeing them all play again next year.

Adam Smith 
NAS U12B Rounders vs Wellington Silicon Oasis
NAS 5 - 12.5 WSO

Sunday 1st May

On Sunday the U12 rounders team played at GEMS Wellington Silicon Oasis. This was the girls’ third match of the season. The team is developing week on week. This week their fielding skills improved, reducing the numbers of rounders the other team scored. By the end of the first innings the scores were 5 to WSO and 2.5 to NAS. The girls continued to field well in the second innings; however, they need to further develop their batting. The team were motivated and showed excellent commitment throughout. The final score was 12.5 to WSO and 5 to NAS.

The girls face Sharjah English School in their next game on Sunday.

Angela Minervini
NAS U14A Rounders vs Horizon International School
NAS 7 - 1.5 HIS

On Tuesday 3rd May the U14A Rounders team played their third DASSA league rounders match against Horizon international School (HIS). Captain Ellen Coughlan won the toss and NAS chose to field first. The team had been working hard to improve their communication and this really showed in the first innings where they held the opposition to only one and a half rounders. HIS also fielded well to hold NAS to one and a half rounders. So all level at the end of innings 1!

NAS continued their strong fielding skills in the second innings with Ellen Coughlan catching 4 players out. Tatyana batted strongly to score three rounders which, along with her team mates, brought the overall game total to seven rounders.

NAS were delighted to secure their first win and Tatyana was voted player of the match. Next week the team will be in action against DC away.

Kate Duffy
NAS U11 Boys & Girls Basketball vs Victory Heights Primary School
Sunday 1st May 2016

NAS Boys U11
NAS 22 –19 Victory Heights

This was an extremely close game; the boys displayed a great commitment and never gave up. Late in the 3rd quarter NAS found themselves down by 17 -10 but two quick baskets meant they headed into the final quarter 17-14 down. The boys increased the pressure being applied on defense and moved the ball around quickly. Jasper Schnieders was strong under the basket securing several rebounds, while Ottavio Ricciardelli proved his ability as an excellent ball carrier. Alessandro Antonuccio was all over the court, getting himself in excellent positions and scoring several crucial points. NAS finished strongly and earned the well-deserved result, securing their first win of the season 22-19. Well done to the team.

NAS Girls U11
NAS 32 – 16 Victory Heights

What a great performance by the NAS girls. Right from the outset they dominated in all areas of the game. Jenna Abu-Wardeh and Ophelia Radford-Wilson showed great skill on the ball and carried it strongly. Olimpia Pinheiro, Alex and Sam Craig were brilliant in defense, not allowing the opposition to get the ball into the key. Nicole English and Carrigan McCaw used their height to great effect, getting themselves into positions both offensively and defensively to secure rebounds and score points. Well done to the girls, they played with great confidence and as a team gained a well-deserved win.

Daniel Grindrod
NAS U12 Girls Basketball vs Safa Community School
NAS 14 - 6 Safa

On Monday 2nd May the U12 girls played their second basketball league match at home against Safa Community School. This was a close-fought game throughout, with both teams taking turns to score and defend. End-to-end action meant this game was a real fitness challenge and substitutions were frequently made to rest players. Hanna Susic captained the team and again coordinated the play from point guard. Hanna scored several baskets for NAS with Sofia and Mounia also contributing to the final total. NAS were delighted to earn a 14-6 victory.

Next week the girls do not have a match so will instead have a training session on Monday. Sunday and Monday lunchtime training will also continue.

Future Games:
  • Monday 16th May: Away match vs GEMS International School (GIS): Estimated 3.45 start
  • Monday 23rd May: Home match vs Bradenton Prep School (BPS): Estimated 3.15 start
Kate Duffy - Head of PE and U12 Basketball Coach

Upcoming Dates

May 9th
  • U9 Boys Cricket vs Repton (Away)
  • Year 5 & Year 6 Swim Gala @ NAS Dubai
May 10th
  • U11 Rounders vs Victory Heights @ NAS Dubai
  • U14A Rounders vs DC (Away)
  • U14B Rounders vs DC (Away)
May 11th
  • U11 Boys Cricket vs Repton (Away)
  • U11 Boys & Girls Basketball vs Kings @ NAS Dubai
  • U14 Boys Basketball vs GWAK @ NAS Dubai
May 12th
  • U12 Boys Basketball vs EIS (Away)
  • DESS Swim Gala
May 15th
  • U12B Rounders vs EIS Jumeirah (Away)
  • U12 Boys Basketball vs WIS
May 16th
  • U11 Boys Cricket vs Hartland School @ NAS Dubai
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