United Eleven crowned BEC T10 Cup champs ‘Friends’ stunned in close encounter

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 17: Last year’s champions, United Eleven retained the BEC Cup 2012 by defeating Friends Eleven in the final . In a close encounter, Friends eleven won the all important toss and with no hesitation, opted to bat first. In 10 overs, they set a target of 79 runs which considering the way the pitch was behaving seemed a good target to defend. However United eleven started off in spectacular fashion, led by their Captain Siraj who led from the front , without losing his cool at any time. In a very clinical way, Siraj and his teammate opener slowly countered the Friends’ Eleven attack. After gaining in confidence, they went on to demolish the opposition bowlers, who were found wanting in ideas.

Finally United Eleven reached the target 79 runs comfortably 7.2 overs with all wickets intact. Arif’s brilliant knock of 53 in the innings ensured that he remained the tournaments highest run getter.. He was adjudged the man of the match and man of the series. Immediately after the finals, the Prize Distribution Ceremony was held at the Abu Halifa Grounds. The  presentation ceremony was graced by E.D. Titus , Director and G.M. Of Bahrain Exchange Company & Jimmy Scaria, the President of Red N Black Team who were the organizers of the Event. Nixon , regional representative of Asianet Middle East, was also present for the prize distribution. Also making time from his busy schedule Dr Murali Gopal — who incidentally is an ex State level cricket player from Orissa, attended the prize distribution ceremony.

Also present were officials from BEC Exchange; Jose Thomas, Marketing Manager of BEC, Jimmy Joseph, secretary and Mr Remi Emmanuel ,manager of RedNBlack Cricket Club. In the presentation ceremony, Titus addressed the gathering and congratulated the winners of BEC cup for their collective effort. He also congratulated the other teams for putting up such a spirited performance. The Unique specialty of the T10 Event held by BEC Exchange & Red N Black over the years, has been the participation of players from various countries. This year also, there was participating teams, from players of different nationalities comprising of Sri Lankans, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, apart from Indians.

Titus congratulated the RedNBlack Cricket club for conducting a very well organized tournament in a fair manner and appreciated the club for the initiative. The tournament showed that soft ball cricket had a great following in Kuwait .He thanked Mr Remi and Mr Jimmy for officiating the match as umpires. Finally the BECT10 Ever rolling trophy and cash prize was given away by E. D. Titus , to the captain of United XI.

Friends 11 received the runners up trophy from Jimmy Scaria, and Dr Murali Gopal gave away the cash prize. Jose Thomas, handed over the trophy to Kirby, who were the second runner up.

The final results were as under:-

Semifinals: Friends 11 vs YMCC; YMCC 75/5 in 10 overs; Friends 11 76/7  in 8.3 overs; United 11 vs Kirby; Kirby 62/10 in 8 overs; United 11 63/6 in 8.2 overs.

Losers final: YMCC vs Kirby; Kirby 55/8 in 10 overs; YMCC 35/10 in 8.3 overs.

Final: Friends 11 vs United 11; Friends 11 — 78/9 in 10 overs; United 11 79/0 IN 7.2 overs.


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