News: P A Hammed Padubidri
Daijiworld Media Network – Dammam (SB)
Dammam, Dec 27: Cornich Blue Cricketers won the prestigious “JF Super Cup-2009” by trampling NGC Jubail by 3 runs in the cricket tournament jointly sponsored by MGA Trading & Saudi Diesel Equipment held at DCA grounds facilities here, recently. The match was organized by Jammiyyathul Falah (JF) Dammam for the noble cause of the community welfare specially education. 12 Cricket teams participated in the tournament.
Cornich Blue Cricketers (CBC) first opted to bat after winning the toss. Initially, CBC has wobbled much hither and thither to make a fabulous takeoff. They lost their 1st wicket scoring at just 9 runs. Then batsman Mohammed joined its captain Sachin and put on 15 runs for the 2nd wicket. When the captain was out of the pitch, the entry of versatile player Kaizer into the field reinforced the team’s position towards a commendable position as he hit 3 huge sixes in the midst of ovation by the audience.
Mohammed and Kaizar scored valuable 25 runs for the 4th wicket in a good partnership. In the end, CBC cricketers were able to score 65 on the board in their allotted over. Kaizer scored 22, Sachin made 15 and Mohammed made 14. Usman and Shahul from NGC took 2 wickets each and Anis has taken one wicket.
Chasing a target, NGC opener Lathif was out at once on the 2nd ball. NGC’s Asif too has to leave the ground in the 3rd ball of the 1st over, scoring 1 run on the board. Captain Mansoor got a good back-up from all-rounder Anis, both contributed 15 runs for the 3rd wicket due to their steady batting. After Mansoor and Nawaz were out Anis joined in, who together played remarkably and obtained 35 runs in the 4th over. In the last 2 overs, NGC required 25 runs and Anis hits 17 runs to the bowler Aziz on the 5th over with 2 mighty sixes and scored 58 total runs. NGC still required 8 runs in 6 balls.
Ali, left-hand bowler from CBC came to bowl in the last over of the match. In the first 3 deliveries, NGC batsman was able to score 5 runs and they still needed 3 more runs to win this match. But, the faultless bowling by Ali and well fortified fielding from Cornich Blue Cricketers did not give any chance for NGC to score even a single run in the last 3 balls. Anis’s tremendous efforts went in vain to put away the final match, but he was overwhelmingly adjudged a “Man of the Match” for his excellent bating performance unbeaten 41 runs and well supported by Nawaz made 12 runs. In the playoff, CBC defeated NGC-Jubail by 3 runs. Riyaz from CBC took 2 wickets.
Actually, the heavy rain doubled with lightning and thunders in the morning shook heavily the core morale of the JF Members, cricket team players and others alike, yet team spirit didn’t allow them to let down as all the members of “Cricket Organizing Committee” showed their steadfastness under such crucial situation and decided to shift the venue, which was first scheduled at Rakah Cricket Ground to “ESKAN Cricket Ground here. The spontaneous decision to shift the cricket venue from existing ground to new ground had made the impossible task possible. JF Dammam Unit’s Sports coordinator Siraj and tournament chairman Br Sharief Karkala were fully lauded for their timely decision and action. All the teams were informed about the new venue and accordingly the tournament took-off smoothly with one hour delay and the eight overs tournament was reduced to six overs to approach the closing time appropriately.
Prior to this playoff, 1st semi final was played between AMACO-Jubail Vs NGC Jubail. NGC defeated AMACO by 20 runs. Chosen to bat first, NGC made 64 runs, in which Mansoor and Anis scored 31 & 11 respectively. In return, AMACO were able to score 44. Niyaz made 10 runs. Mansoor of NGC was judged as the “Man of the Match” for his excellent batting performance.
In the 2nd semi finals played between Crescents vs. Cornich Blue Cricketers, Cornich Blue won the match by 6 wickets. Excellent bowling performance by Santhosh and Nizam succeeded to take 3 wickets each; Riyaz and Aziz took 2 wickets each, while CBC comfortable achieved the target with 6 wickets to spare.
Nizam from Cornich Blue came out as the “Man of the Match for his outstanding bowling performances. Other Awards were best batsman Mansoor of NGC, Jubail, best bowler Riyaz from Cornich Blue Cricketers and Man of the Tournament, Anis from NGC – Jubail for his all-round performances, respectively.
Ghulam Shuja, manager of “MGA Trading Est” and Mohammad Ansary, General Manager of “Al-Markb International” were the chief guests at the closing ceremony. Mahmood Saad, President of JF - Dammam Unit, Mohammad Asif, Operation Manager of “AMACO”, Sharief Sultan, Sales Engineer of “Saudi Diesel Equipment Co”, Mohammad Shabbir, President of JF – Jubail Unit, Ahmed Shakeer, Regional Manager of Falcon Express, Janab Abdul Rasheed, elderly guest from India, Sajan, Chief Accountant of “MGA Trading Est”, Santhosh Shetty, Representative of MASA,Dammam and Ievan Pinto were the guests. Mansour Ali Ahmed, general secretary of JF Dammam Unit was the host of the ceremony.
Host expressed the gratitude on behalf of JF (Dammam Unit) to all the 12 cricket teams, match Officials and the audience for making the evening “most enjoyable & memorable” with their kind presence. Also, appreciated for developing a pleasant environment of Joy and Excitement on the auspicious occasion of “JF Super Cup 2009”
The Wonderful Moments of “JF Super Cup 2009” was tributed to all the players of 12 cricket teams because all the players had shown a great sportsman spirit throughout the tournament.
Memento to Main Sponsors
JF Dammam Unit president presented the memento to main sponsors Ghulam Shuja of “MGA Trading Est.” and Sharief Sultan of “Saudi Diesel Equipment Co.”
Mementos were presented to well-wishers, TASCO, SAB Contracting Co, Al-Markb International and Falcon Express. Mohammad Asif (AMACO) presented the certificate of appreciation to all the co-sponsors of “JF Super Cup 2009”.
Prize Distribution and Winners
The prize distribution ceremony was hosted by Javed Syed. It was presented by president of JF-Jubail Unit Mohd Shabbir, Ievan Pinto, Santosh Shetty, Sajan and Hamza Mittur.
Winner’s Trophy won by Corniche Blue Cricket Team, Runner’s Up Trophy won by NGC Cricket Team, 3rd Position Trophy won by AMACO Cricket Team and 4th Position Trophy was won by Crescent Cricket Team. Anis of NGC was the Man of the Series, Mansoor of NGC, Best Batsman of the Tournament and Best Bowler of the Tournament was Riyaz of Corniche Blue.
Executive committee member Shahul Hameed delivered the vote of thanks.