Excelsior Sports Correspondent
DODA, Nov 4: Senior Youth Congress leader from Inderwal, Shariq Ahmed Saroori inaugurated the final match of Malanoo Premier League, the Cricket Tournament which was played between Batyas XI and Malanoo XI teams amidst huge gathering of participating teams, spectators and local populace at Malanoo, here.
The Tournament was innovative initiative by the Malanoo Kahara Cricket Management to bring Kahara in focus and to provide the local youth a massive platform to showcase their talent.
Mr Saroori was accompanied by Block Congress Committee President Kahara, Chowdhary Farooq Ahmed, Master Bashir Ahmed Sirwal, Mohd Iqbal Malik, Amir Saroori, Ikhlaq Ahmed, Jaffar Hussain, Zulfikar Ali Wani, Master Tehzeem, Mangta Parray, Khair Din Magray, and a galaxy of Congress and Youth Congress leaders during the final ceremony.
They interacted with the players of both the teams in the final contest.
In all, 40 teams of 25 Panchayats of Inderwal Assembly Constituency participated in this cricket tournament.
In final of the Tournament the match was reduced to 16 overs due to bad weather earlier, Batyas XI thrashed Malanoo XI after Batyaz XI had set a target of 147 runs.
Chasing the target, Malanoo XI could manage only 127. For Batyaz XI, Ahmer Sehzad top scored with 47 runs off 31 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes, Shakir Hussain was the pick of the bowlers who bagged 3 important wickets for 30 runs in his 4 over’s, while Mushtaq and Firdous took 2 wickets each. The match was officiated by Bashir Ahmed and Irfan Ahmed. The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Jaffar Hussain.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Saroori said losing or winning of a game is immaterial but participating as worthy sports persons, performing with best capacity and maintaining quality of conduct while playing is counted a lot at the end of the day. He appreciated efforts of organizers in promoting grassroots cricket.