Thursday, February 3, 2011

ICAP and RSRIR battle for Crystal Trophy

Team Institute of Chartered Accountants Pakistan (ICAP) and Rahman Sarfraz, Rahim ,Iqbal Rafiq (RSRIR) battling for the Crystal trophy at the Asghar Ali Shah Cricket Stadium under flood lights.

ICAP on winning the toss decided to bat first and test RSRIR bowlers. RSRIR struck early putting pressure on ICAP. However, the trusted Shoaib Ahmed being leading run scorer of the tournament and the new found talent Riaz Nawaz stood their ground and put on a 90 runs partnership for second wicket. The partnership was an interesting balance of moods with Riaz thoroughly entertaining the spectators with his delightful cover drives to reach his first 50 and a watchful Shoaib carefully ticking the scoreboard with ones and twos. The two led ICAP to the 100th mark in 14 over and looked set to pose a dangerous total. At this moment Muneeb the slow left-arm orthodox and Tahir Hanif (leg break) changed the direction of the game with their variation and immaculate line and length. Muneeb eventually made inroads in the ICAP batting line up by picking up 4 crucial wickets, while fast bowler Danish Waseem continued creating havoc with his pace and accuracy eventually being rewarded with 2 wickets for his excellent spell. The excellent fielding and the consistent breakthroughs by the bowlers restricted ICAP t o145 at the end of the 20th over. Riaz Nawaz and Shoaib Ahmed, Secretary ICAP topped the ICAP scoreboard with 52 and 44 respectively.

In reply RSRIR openers took full advantage of field restriction and blasted 60 runs in the first 6 over, after giving the flying start both openers shortly fell down. The duo Shahzad Suleman and Yasin, wicket keeper took charge and consolidated the position. Shahzad capitalizing on his good form made runs with ease with Yasin supporting him well. RSRIR managed to reach the target with 2 over to spare with Shahzad Suleman and Yasin both remaining unbeaten on 61 and 33 runs respectively. Hasan Jaffri, Member ICAP was the only successful bowler taking 2 wickets for 34. Shahzad Suleman was declared man of the match for his unbeaten match wining knock.

A sizeable crowd with banners and drums had gathered at Asghar Ali Shah Cricket Stadium, supporting their team and enjoying the flood light match. Prize distribution ceremony was attended by Senior Partners of RSRIR, Mr. Abdul Rahim Salim Bhai, Mohammad Waseem and Muhammad Iqbal Sumar. Mr. Mazhar Saleem, partner of KPMG announced the following awards to the exceptional players of the tournament:

Winner trophy received by Abdul Hakim, Captain, RSRIR

Runner trophy received by Shoaib Ahmed, Captain, ICAP

Man of Final, Shahzad Suleman, RSRIR

Best player of the tournament, Shoaib Ahmed, ICAP

Best Batsman of the tournament, Shoaib Ahmed, ICAP

Best Bowler of the tournament, Shahzad Suleman, RSRIR

Best Fielder of the tournament, Talal Rishi, EYFRSH

Best Wicketkeeper of the tournament, Asad Khan, KPMG

As an endeavor to encourage all the participating teams, the Participation awards were given to the representatives of teams present at the final match. The tournament was greatly appreciated by the participants and the crowd with ICAP being appreciated for its role in providing such healthy activity to its students and members. Mr. Shoaib Ahmed, Secretary ICAP announced that as a part of the Council initiative to celebrate the Golden Jubilee Celebrations the 4th ICAP T20 Cricket Tournament will take place in September this year.

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