The man of the match Sameer Khans fine all around performance guided the Green team
to defeat the Blues in the final by seven runs and to capture the 1998 Al Rabie Cup in the
Under-16 indoor cricket tournament at the Saudi Telecom Company compound sports hall.
The young star of the evening played a useful knock of 30, took three catches and gave 1 run with the ball to steal the show. In the last year Ghornatah Cup, he was the man of the match in the group Under-12 and this time proved his worth in the U-16.
This popular event was played as per the standard international in-door cricket rules, said Asghar Ismail, chairman of the Mursalat Cricket Club and a member of the organizing committee.
The tourney has become so demanding amongst the youngsters that it is now held twice in a year. The number of participants is increasing all the time. Each team consists eight, ten or twelve players depending on the number of players participating in the tournament. The teams bat in pairs and each pair must bat four overs. During the fielding, each player has to bowl two overs. The interesting part is, every time someone is bowled, caught or run out, he gets five runs. The total score keep moving up or down until the end of the allotted overs.
In the finals, batting first, the champions made 89 runs. Besides their hero Sameer, the other contributors were Aamer Javed, Yahya Mohiuddin, Shazaib Zulfiqar, Muneeb Hashmi, Aleem Khan, Ali Hanif, Nadeem Muhammed, Hamza Jangda, Umar Hasan, Waqas Lone and Omar Khan.
In reply, the Blue team managed 82 runs. Upto the fifth pair of Fahad Shaikh and Umair Saya, the score was only 40. It was a mountaneous task for the last duo of Arsalan Khan and Hassan Ahmed to make the required 49-runs in just four overs.
However, both played aggressively to add 42 but some good bowling by the Greens, the eventual champions denied them the victory. The Blues other run makers were Johann Rodrigous, Rami Hourani, Haroon, Omar, Zubair Hasan, Omar Ali Raza, Osman Shamim and Sikander Toor.
The chief guest was Maher Al-Mashharawi, National Sales Manager, Al Rabie Saudi Dairy Company who sponsored the gala. Other notables included Chris Dammer-Saudi Telecom Compound Management and Tariq Javed-a former World Cup Canadian international star.
The prize distribution ceremony started with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Umair Saya. It then followed by the presentation of the runner-up, winner trophies and special categories prizes based on outstanding performance during the tournament.
The recipients were Osman, Umar - outstanding fielders, Fahad, Muneeb -outstanding bowlers, Sikandar, Aamer - outstanding batsmen, Hassan, Waqas - most valuable players. Hassan Ahmed was named the man of the tournament, the highest achievement in this event based on over-all performance and excellence.
In addition to the players, prizes were given to coaches Anis Muhammed, Hammad Lone, Javed Khan, Muhammed Rafique, Tariq Javed, Salim Jangda, team moms F. Javed, R. Ahmed, S. Hasan, R. Lone, N. Anis, N. Khan, N. Rafique, S. Hasan, best scorer Javed Shamim, Gym support - Attique Ahmed, Logistic support - Abid Kamal Khan, computer expert Nayeem Akbar.
In the winding up speeches, Ismail thanked the main sponsor Al-Rabie Saudi Dairy Company, Organization Committee, Compound Management, Coaches, Team Moms, parents and last but not the least the players who participated regularly and displayed their competitive sports.
Chief guest, Mashharawi said that it was a great pleasure to contribute where the youths participated and enjoyed this sporting event. These types of activities strengthen their mind, abilities and development. His statement that Al-Rabie would continue to support the future competitions was greeted with loud applause and cheers.