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Kuwait Cricket concludes T20 Premiere League & KVCC Finals in grand style
December 13, 2017, 5:52 pm
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On the weekend of 7 December, Kuwait Cricket held the grand domestic finals upon the completion of all the league matches of the first edition of the top 2 leagues of the 2017-18 season, KC T-20 Premier League and Kuwait Veterans MG7 Cup.

The KC T-20 Premier league is powered by Ashraf Group, MGA & IDP as principle sponsors - Al hafiz (Official Print Solutions Partner) and Kuwait Swedish (Official Logistics Partner) as co-sponsors and Channels Media as Digital Media partners. Kuwait Veterans MG7 Cup is sponsored by Mr. Mahmoud Abdullah respectively.

The grand finals along with the presentation ceremony was held at the picturesque Entertainment City ground in a magnanimous style on a highly entertaining and chilly Friday evening.  Spectators enjoyed the thrilling finals from All 4 (A,B,C & D) Divisions of Kuwait Cricket on an action packed weekend. The finals were streamed live on the Kuwait Cricket official Facebook page (@kuwaitcricketofficial) which received an overwhelming response from more than 30,000 viewers online across the State of Kuwait.

Kuwait Cricket Council led by the Chairman Mr. Mahmood Bastaki was the dignitary for the occasion along with Mr. Sajid Ashraf, Mr. Rishi D Jayan (Director of Seniors Cricket& IT), and Mr. Robert (Director of Facilities and Logistics) who were present  for the occasion throughout the weekend and awarded all the trophies, medals and cash prizes (10 000 $ across all the divisions) for the winners, runners-up and top individual performers for all the divisions of the concluded tournaments. The presentation ceremony was conducted professionally by Umer Slahuddin who is a senior marketing executive at KC responsible for social media and communications.

The spectators and guests at the venue witnessed and enjoyed  the highly thrilling and nail biting contests between  all the finalists and the evening was further spiced up with complimentary refreshments for the entire audience that included Tea, Chicken Karahi and Chana Masala with a Live tandoor being setup for the entire audience that touched almost 500 people on the ground at peak time along with Live DJ, music and entertaining commentary by KC marketing team (Sami, Sibtain, Naeem Jan, Umer and Husnain etc) for all the matches that kept everyone present at the ground on their toes.

Match Briefs :

Kuwait Cricket’s T20 Premier League Division saw Aroma CC take on Artech CC for the prestigious Division A title and Stack CC locked horns with Tigers CC for the Division B trophy whereas  Mg7 faced Panthers Kuwait for C Division and Al Bader clashed with Cochin Hurricanes for the D Division trohpy.

The highlight of the grand finale was undoubtedly the clash for the Division A title between Aroma CC and Artech CC and both sides filled with talent, passion and  the "never give up"  attitude really rose to the occasion.  Artech CC won the toss and elected to bat on a batting paradise wicket that promised runs aplenty. Explosive opener Rahul Dev began the innings in fine fashion and Artech cruised to 53 runs in 4.3 overs by the time Rahul departed. Rahul smashed 35 runs from 18 balls. Arjun Mahesh playing the role of an anchor batted brilliantly for a match winning knock of 78 off just 55 balls complimented by Aphsal Ashraf who chipped in with a valuable 31 off 28 that helped Artech post a very good total of 190/4 in their allotted 20 overs. Talented left arm spinner Mohammed Aslam was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets for Aroma CC.

In their pursuit of 191 as the target, Aroma CC's experienced campaigner Kashif Sharif rolled back the years with some excellent stroke play. At one stage Aroma were cruising with 124/2 but right after losing Kashif, they lost 4 wickets in quick succession which proved out to be the turning point of the match. Arjun Mahesh who enjoyed an excellent time with the bat proved out to be the hero with the ball too. Kashif’s magnificent knock of 78 off 45 balls went in vain as Aroma fell short by 7 runs. Senior cricketer Mohammad Ahsan played a fantastic cameo towards the end that had a couple of huge hits and boundaries but not enough to cross the finishing line. Artech CC clinched the trophy and Arjun Mahesh was elected as the Man of the Finals for his excellent all round performance.

If the Division A finals was thrilling, Division B finals matched it toe to toe in terms of excitement. Stack CC won the toss and elected to field first. Diju Xavier who hardly put a foot wrong throughout the tournament continued his excellent form and lit up the occasion with another Century. Diju scored 108 from 63 balls and was a one-man army in terms of runs scored. With his fine effort, Tigers posted 160 runs on the board. The target seemed to be below par but Tigers never gave in, even though Stack CC needed just 13 in the last 2 overs. Tigers were able to pull off a magnificent victory of just 1 run to win the title. Diju was adjudged as the man of the finals.

In Division C, Panthers Kuwait took on MG7 CC and the former chose to bat first after winning the toss. Panthers were able to post 155/7 in 20 overs with notable contributions from Delishous John with 42 from 37 balls and Vinod Nair with 30 from just 14 balls. Mg7 looked in control throughout and with both their openers Saifullah and Faraz scoring 50 plus scores, they chased down the target in 18 overs to win the title. Saifullah Rafiq was the man of the finals for his fine performance.

Division D saw Al Bader taking on Cochin Hurricanes. Al Bader had no hesitation in choosing to bat first after winning the toss. But they failed to post a challenging total and ended up only with 132 runs on the board. Ismail Banwa was the top scorer for Al Bader with 54 runs form 62 balls. Cochin Hurricanes openers were in an attacking mode from the word go. Openers Raj Mohan and AbilashRajappan both scored terrific 50s to chase down the total in just 11 overs to lift the title. Raj Mohan took home the Man of the finals award for his fine display.

KVCC Mg7 cup, which is a growing competition for senior veterans playing active cricket in Kuwait saw Stack CC take on Mg7 in Division A and Indian Tigers take on Global Champions in Division B respectively. Mg7 who won the toss and elected to bat first scored 141 runs on the board, and they were able to restrict Stack CC for just 127 runs. Saifullah Rafiq was chosen as the man of the finals for his excellent all-around performance.

Division B, Indian Tigers had an easy ride in the finals as they swept Global Champions away by 8 wickets. After restricting Global champions for just 112 runs, they chased down the total in 16 overs. Vijay Kumar who took 4 wickets for Indian Tigers won the Man of the finals accolade.

The table below summarizes all the awards that were presented in each division and category of all the concluded tournaments.

KC T20 Premier League – Edition 1

 

Winners List

 

Division

Winners

Runners Up

 

Division A

Artech CC

Aroma

 

Division B

Tigers CC

Stack CC

 

Division C

MG7 CC

Panthers Kuwait

 

Division D

Cochin Hurricanes

Al Bader

 

Man of the Finals

 

Division

Player Name

 

Division A

 

Arjun Makesh (78 Runs from 55 balls & 3 Wickets )

 

 

Division B

 

Diju Xavier (103 Runs from 63 Balls)

 

 

Division C

 

Saifullah Rafiq (65 Runs from 47 Balls)

 

 

Division D

 

Raj Mohan - Cochin Hurricanes (69 Runs from 31 Balls)

 

 

Top Individual Performers

 

Division

Category

Name

Team Name

Stats

 
 

Division A

Best Batsman

Mohammed Farook

Safety Plus Q8

343 runs in 10 matches

 

Best Bowler

Jasim Shehzad

Maahas Cricket Club

20 Wickets in 10 matches

 

Best All Rounder

Adnan Idrees

Maahas Cricket Cluc

330 Runs and 17 wickets in 10 matches

 

Division B1

Best Batsman

Diju Xavier

Tigers CC

554 Runs in 6 matches

 

Best Bowler

VineethKumar Puthettu

Royal Kings

11 Wickets in 5 matches

 

Best All Rounder

VineethKumar Puthettu

Royal Kings

176 runs and 11 wickets in 5 matches

 

Division B2

Best Batsman

Abdullah Asif

Titans CC

327 runs in 6 matches

 

Best Bowler

Waqas Ali

Napesco

11 Wickets in 6 matches

 

Best All Rounder

Zahid Khan

Napesco

131 runs and 6 wickets in 5 matches.

 

Division C1

Best Batsman

Sibtain Raza

Desert Stallions

250 Runs in 6 matches

 

Best Bowler

Irfan Ilyas

DHL CC

14 wickets in 6 matches

 

Best All Rounder

Remon Raghunandan

Artech Blue Star

223 Runs and 8 wickets in 6 matches

 

Division C2

Best Batsman

Niju Veergin

Panthers Kuwait

280 Runs in 6 matches

 

Best Bowler

Mohammed Javed

Mg7

16 Wickets in 5 matches

 

Best All Rounder

Shamir Ck

Panthers Kuwait

235 Runs and 6 wickets in 6 matches

 

Division D1

Best Batsman

Syed Mahmood

Sailkot Legends

155 Runs in 4 matches

 

Best Bowler

Syed Anwaar

Sailkot Legends

8 Wickets in 4 matches conceding 91 runs

 

Best All Rounder

Syed Mahmood

Sailkot Legends

155 runs and 7 wickets in 4 matches

 

Division D2

Best Batsman

Farman Ullah

Khyber Zalmi

159 Runs in 4 matches

 

Best Bowler

Shirish Kumar

Fahaheel Friends Cricket Club

9 Wickets in 4 matches

 

Best All Rounder

Farman Ullah

Khyber Zalmi

159 Runs and 6 wickets in 4 matches

 

Division D3

Best Batsman

Haider Ali

King Star

128 Runs in 4 matches

 

Best Bowler

Haider Ali

King Star

11 Wickets in 4 matches

 

Best All Rounder

Haider Ali

King Star

128 Runs and 11 Wickets in 4 matches

 

Division D4

Best Batsman

Azharuddin Bashir

Rajwel CC

212 Runs in 4 matches

 

Best Bowler

Noushad Nalupurapattil

Hadi Clinic

8 wickets in 4 matches

 

Best All Rounder

Noushad Nalupurappattil

Hadi Clinic

92 runs and 8 wickets in 4 matches

 

 

 

Kuwait Veterans MG7 Cup

Winners List

Division

Winners

Runners Up

Division A

MG7

Stack CC

Division B

Indian Tigers

Global Champs

Man of the Finals

Division

Player Name

Division A

 

Saifulla Rafiq (MG7)

Division B

 

Vijay Kumar (Indian Tigers)

Top Individual Performers

Division

Category

Name

Team Name

Stats

Division A

Best Batsman

Saifullah Rafiq

Mg7 Cricket Club

274 Runs in 5 innings

Best Bowler

Mohammad Irshad

Kuwait Swedish Cricket Club

8 Wickets in 3 innings

Best All Rounder

Tariq Hussain

Star XI

241 Runs and 6 Wickets

Division B

Best Batsman

Ishtiaq Ali

Royal Stars

415 runs in 6 innings

Best Bowler

Salim Sayyed

Indian Tigers

11 Wickets in 6 Innings

Best All Rounder

Khurram Akhtar

Shaheen

189 and 6 Wickets

Sheik Mushtaque

Duraar Indians

 

 

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