Report: Shodhan Prasad
Photos: Ashok Belman
Nama Tuluveru UAE’s ‘Friendly Community Cricket 2013’ was a real spectacular event professionally organised for the first time with 12 Mangalorean Community Teams successfully held on 19th April, 2013 at Al Jaber Grounds, Opp. Baraha Hospital/Dubai Hospital, Corniche, Dubai in 2 grounds simultaneously held from 7 AM to 7 PM.
It was a gloomy weather with lot of breeze, cool for all the teams to start and a few drops of rain drizzled keeping the ground set for the teams to play good cricket. All the enthusiastic teams arrived in time as fixed in the fixtures and the match started as scheduled except for the Mogaveers Team who got a walk over for not arriving in time. Shodhan Prasad of Nama Tuluveru opened up with welcome speech and started with prayer. He then introduced his Team consisting of Sudhakar Alva who was the main person managing the whole event, Purushottam Salian & Prabhakar Suvarna the juries and qualified Umpires Althaf Khalife, Sudhir Suvarna & Toufiq assisted by Sudhakar Alva & Imran.
The final was a ‘Tie’ between Devadiga Sangha Team and Nirel Film Team in an interesting game which was a tough fight ball by ball throughout the 8 over’s. Nirel Team batted first scoring 78 runs with top score of 26 by Pritam while Devadiga Team chased with 78 runs with top score of 36 by Sunil. As per the rules set, in case of a tie, the runs scored in first two over’s decide the match. Nirel Team scored 6 in first two over’s while Devadiga Team scored 20 in the first two over’s, hence were declared winners as per the rule basis.
The tournament started with Reliable Fabricators Team v/s Mangalore Challengers where Mangalore Challengers won by 9 wickets. Second match was between Nama Tuluveru team v/s UAE Bunts where UAE Bunts won by one run. Then was Padmashaali team v/s Nirel Team wherein Nirel Team won by 7 runs.
In the semi final between Nama Tuluveru v/s Devadigas, Nama Tuluveru topped the table on run rate strategy but lost to Devadigas by 27 runs. Semi final between Nirel v/s Ganigas, Nirel won by 3 runs. Hence Devadigas & Nirel came to the final fight.
Best Batsman was won by Krishna Prasad of UAE Bunts for scoring 82 runs in league matches. Best Bowler was son by Sunil of Devadigas who took 6 wickets in the matches. Man of the series went to Dheeraj of Devadigas who scored a highest of 68 runs plus took 6 wickets.
Before the prize distribution ceremony there was raffle draw and thanks giving wherein the organisers thanked Younis of Saheban UAE for sponsoring the Trophies and Medals of the tournament, Chilly Willy Trading for supporting the event with Energy Drinks for all the players, Divesh Alva & Skehar Shetty of Woodside Restaurant for distributing free lunch for all the players and also for keeping the food stall open throughout the tournament with snacks and drinks, Noel Almeida for arranging beautiful tent and chairs, Purushottam Salian for arranging generator and sound, Shubhakar for arranging mementos for all the teams, team managers and supporters, Imran for the ground, Ajmal for the score keeping & Navin and Deepak S.P. who kept the tournament live with their beautiful commentaries filled with humour.
The Winner & Runner’s trophies were presented by Younis of Saheban UAE while Man of the Series, Best Batsman, Best Bowler tropies were presented by Divesh Alva, Shekar Shetty & Sudhakar Alva. Felicitation to Umpires were done by Purushottam Salian, Prabhakar Suvarna & Deepak S.P. respectively.
The professionally organised event was witnessed by large number of Kannadigas who came with families, friends & celebraties from Nirel movie who came to cheer up the teams.