Friends of CRY Club holds annual cricket tournament for children
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 19: Friends of CRY Club, Kuwait (FOCC) organized the annual cricket tournament for children, the “ABK CRYcket 2019” on Jan 17, 2020, at the Kuwait Oil Company, Ahmadi Park grounds. Our sincere thanks to KOC for providing the facilities.
FOCC would like to extend our gratitude to event sponsor Ahli Bank of Kuwait Management for their encouragement and support in organizing this event continuously for the 5th time in a row. Fortunately, on the day of the tournament this year, it turned out to be a brilliant day, with a perfect combination of cold and sunshine.
“CRYcket” is an annual softball cricket tournament, played in 7 overs match format for children in two age groups of Under-12 (Juniors) & Under-14 (Seniors) for both boys & girls. The tournament is open to independent teams and completed in a single day.
This year FOCC turned 21, and we had 21 team registrations. The junior group had 12 teams and followed the standard process of league matches followed by knockout semis and finals. Whereas the 9 teams in the senior group were placed in 3 league groups. The winner of the tournament was decided through the Super League played among the three teams qualifying from the league stage. We also had 4 girl players participating in various teams. A big thank you to all the players, team managers, coaches and the parents. We also highly appreciate the umpires and scorers, who are supporting us, year after year. Through Surita Venter, CRYcket had another first, a lady among the umpires.
Balwant Bains, Chief Auditor from Ahli Bank of Kuwait graced the occasion as Chief Guest, accompanied by his colleague Sebastian Dais, Executive Manager. Balwant praised the efforts of FOCC and extended his best wishes to FOCC for continued success in future events.
In the U-14 (Senior) category, the “Sakthy’s Cricket Academy-City Clinic”, “MG Warriors Blue” and “Dashing Knights” qualified for the Super League. The “Sakthy’s Cricket Academy-City Clinic” won over both super league opponents and clinched the winners’ trophy. “MG Warriors Blue” beat “Dashing Knights” in the Super League and became the runner-up. The best player award was claimed by Armaan Ilyaas of Dashing Knights, by scoring 31 runs and taking 8 wickets with an economy of 6.5 runs per over.
In the U-12 Junior category, the “Dashing Knights-Panthers”, “Cricket Park-GAC”, “CCC” and MG Warriors Blue” reached the knockout semifinal stage. “Dashing Knights-Panthers” took the winner’s trophy after the finals by defeating “Cricket Park-GAC” who came in second place and Vyom Mehta of Dashing Knights-Panthers took the best player trophy by scoring 76 runs and taking 3 wickets at an economy of 8 runs per over.
FOCC would also like to thank Gold sponsors the Talal & Lulwa Al Ajeel Education Fund and Bronze sponsorship from by our print partner German Printing Press. Our other sponsors were Al-Mailem Tyres, Al-Saffar Intl Gen Trading & Con Co, Al-Soor Clinic, Amma Kuwait, Career Hunters, Curry Leaves Restaurant, Dana Optics, Dar Al-Saha Poly Clinic, German Printing Press, Hussain & Qaisar Int Co Ltd, ITL World Travel, Payal Jewellers, Pizza Inn and Well Wishers. Our sincere thanks to all the sponsors and Arab Times, and other English newspapers for giving us wide publicity.
FOCC is proud to be partners with CRY – in our joint mission to help the underprivileged children. Those interested in joining hands with FOCC may please visit www.focckuwait.org, or contact any of the volunteers. As we say, with CRY, everybody wins.