By Iqbal Manna Team Mangalorean Qatar
Doha May 30, 2009: Experience and holding on to their nerves when it mattered got Pallonji, a Mangalorean Team, to defeat Qalco in a nail biting finish and lift the 20th CDC Cricket Division-I Championship at the Ideal Indian school grounds.
In a tense, thrilling and to the wire finals, chasing a target of 160 runs, Pallonji were in a good position until the10 overs with 97 runs on the board and losing only two wickets. There after some tight bowling and good fielding from Qalco team made Pallonji struggle to get runs. Required 6 runs from the last over, Pallonji could manage to score the winning 2 runs on the last ball of the innings.
Earlier Pallonji won the toss and put Qalco in to bat. Qalco started in good command and scored 95 runs on completion of 10 overs. There after, some superb bowling by Melroy who took three main wickets in one over put brakes on Qalco batting.
Nissar Ahmed 49, Sultan 41 and Zakaria 32 were the only batsmen crossing double figures and put a respectable total of 159 for 10.
Man of the match Dinkar of Pallonji took 3 wickets, Melroy took three and Jerry took 2 wickets each.
At a colourful Prizing Distribution ceremony, Mr Joseph Sholy, Financial Advisor and Mr. Sanjiv Jain, Business Development Manager from CDC along with other Qatar veterans cricket officials were present.
Mr Josepth Sholy handed over the Winners and Runners up trophies.
Special mementos were presented to: Best Batsman of the tournament -Shailesh of Pallonji; Best Bowler - Ifthikar of Readymix; and Best All-rounder Istiaq of Kemco Select.
A number of gifts were distributed in the free Raffle draw. The huge crowd were entertained with the two drumming parties supporting the finalists. In spite of the hot and humid weather a good turnout of cricket supporters made the event a huge success.
Qalco 159 for 10 in 20 overs. ( Nissar Ahmed 49 in 25 balls with 5 6's, & 2 4's, Sultan 41 in 29 balls with 3 6's & 2 4's, Zakharia 32 in 19 balls with 1 6' & 3 4's. Melroy 3 for 19, Dinkar 3 for 16, Jerry 2 for 18. )
Lost to Pallonji 160 for 9 in 20 overs. ( Sushil 34 in 21 ballswith 3 6's & 2 4's. Manoj 22 with 2 6's. Imran khan 2 for 11, Mujammal 2 for 16 )