Riyadh: Dheera Guys overpower Seven Star to clinch JF Super Cup trophy

Media Release

Riyadh, Oct 8: Jam'iyyatul Falah, here recently organized JF Super Cup 2018, comprising of a six oversknock-out cricket tournament in association with Mangaluru Cricket Association (MCA) – here sponsored and supported by SMSA, Universal, Almarai, NCMS, Optimum and Zeit Express at Exit-18, Sulai MCA Grounds, in the city.

12 teams took part in the tournament with matches played on Friday October 5 (day 1 tournament). Teams were divided into two groups (A and B). The first round and quarter final were played in the morning where four teams qualified for the semi-finals (Seven Star, Dheera Guys, Azamghard XI and Rajdhani Riyadh) and semi-finals and final were played in the afternoon.

The first semi-final was played between Dheera Guys and Azamghard XI. Dheera Guys won the toss and elected to field. Azamghard started their innings very strongly but failed to keep the momentum and kept losing wickets. They scored 44 runs in their allotted six overs. Dheera Guys chased the target in 4.4 overs with some splendid batting by Badruddin and Musharraf. Dheera Guys won the match to enter the finals.

The second semifinal was played between Rajdhani Riyadh and Seven Star. The toss was won by Rajdhani Riyadh who opted for fielding. Seven Star scored 61 runs in their allotted six overs losing six wickets. The target set for Rajdhani Riyadh was 62 runs in six overs. They started the chase and went on losing wickets on regular intervals and failed to reach the target and scored only 42 runs in their allotted six overs losing nine wickets. Seven Star won by 19 runs to enter the finals. The player of the match was Ashfaque form Seven Star, who led the team from the front with some good batting and also bowled well to restrict Rajdhani Riyadh hope of making it to the final.

The finals were played between Dheera Guys and Seven Star. The toss was won by Dheera Guys who elected to field. Seven Star started their innings and in six overs they scored 57 runs and set the target of 58 runs to be scored in six overs for Dheera Guys.

In reply, Dheera Guys started very strongly in the initial overs, but Seven Star controlled the situation by taking wickets on regular intervals. The match was in a critical stage. Dheera Guys required 30 runs in three overs. On the fourth over Nasser of Dheera Guys struck two sixes and in the fifth over a six and were out. The three sixes by Nasser was the turning point which brought Dheera Guys close to their target. In the last over Dheera Guys needed seven runs to win. Dawood Kodi was the bowler from Seven Star to bowl the last over and the batsmen were Hassan and Radeeq. In five balls Dheera Guys scored only three runs and needed four runs in the last ball of the match. On the striker end it was Hassan to take the last ball of Dawood Kodi to hit the final ball. It was a very tense moment for both the teams. Dawood bowled the ball which was short on the leg side and Hassan took all the advantage to hit the ball over the fence for a Six. Dheera Guys won the match and claimed the championship trophy of JF Super Cup 2018. That was cricket at its best. It was a thrilling final and all the spectators and guests appreciated and congratulated both the teams for their all-round performance.

The tournament was a great success due to the dedication and hard work of the sports team of JF Riyadh (Mohammed Farooque, Rafique, Shariff Ahmed, Azmatullah Khan and Bro Salman Noor). Preparation, match arrangement and supervision were carried out by all JF-Riyadh executive committee members to complete the tournament in the best
possible and professional way.

After the final match, a prize distribution ceremony was held. Nazeer Ahmed (president of JF- Riyadh) and Ashfaque (vice president of JF- Riyadh) inaugurated the ceremony, in the presence of the NRCC Ameer Akhtar Sheikh, former president, Haneef Musarikhan and president of MCA Riyadh Shamshuddin Mulky.

Ashfaque thanked all the participating teams for their cooperation and support to complete the tournament in the best sporting way and for the good cause. He also thanked all the executive committee members of JF Riyadh who strived hard for the success of the tournament.

Akhtar Sheikh (NRCC Ameer) gave a brief description about Jam'iyyatul Falah and its activities for the noble cause to all the present guests and players who were available during the prize distribution ceremony.