- Kuwait Times Extra
KUWAIT: Kharafi National cricket team won the prestigious Kuwait Cricket Summer League trophy by defeating Boom Boom cricket club by a margin of 64 runs in a closely contested tussle at Sulaibiya cricket ground. Kharafi National owes this victory for their splendid team work which fetched them the coveted trophy. Winning the toss, Boom Boom send Kharafi Nationals team to bat first as openers Paresh Kumar and Vipin piled up 75 runs.
Both the batsmen exhibiting some wonderful strokes as they drove and pulled with awesome power. Vipin departed after scoring a valuable 22 runs while Paresh Kumar along with the stylish Alwin Patel stroked handsomely to take the Kharafi National score to 160 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Paresh Kumar scored a marvelous 52 runs while Alwin Patel batted beautifully well to score 43 runs.
Boom Boom played positively in the initial stages but crumbled to some excellent bowling by Abdul Razzak who was supported well by Renil Raj & Santhosh which restricted the free scoring Boom Boom batsmen as they failed to take the initiative and they were all out for 96 runs in the 17th over. Waqar batted well to score 34 runs while Ansar stood firm with a painstaking 19 runs. Abdul Razzak took 4 wickets for 20 runs while Renil Raj 3-23 and Santhosh 2-11 provide the much needed back up for National Kharafi victory.
The winning trophy was handed over to Kharafi National captain by Saeed Mubarak, Board member, Kuwait Cricket and runners up trophy was presented to Boom Boom captain by Asad Baig, Director General, Kuwait Cricket. Man of the match trophy was presented by Umar to Paresh Kumar while Alwin Patel rightly took the Man of the series trophy from Saeed Mubarak.
The match was officiated by Zahid Usman and Fareed Dalwai. A prize money of $500 was given to the winning team while the runner up team received $250 along with individual prizes handed over by Mahboob Khan (Director Women’s Cricket) and Iqbal Rajporkar the tournament coordinator while Riaz Choudhry ( Director Umpiring) was the master of ceremony.
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