Hospitals benefit from Asian event
TEAMS of talented Asian cricketers raised around £4,000 for hospitals in England and Pakistan on Bank Holiday Monday.
The annual Umeed Welfare Trust Hospital Trust Fund-Raising tournament was held at adjoining Castor cricket grounds, Woodlands and Port Lane.
And it attracted an all-star line-up of 12 teams, some of whom made round trips in excess of 100 miles.
The eventual winners were Islam XI who beat Eastern Delight in the final by 39 runs. Babar Naeem (61no) and Anwar Ali senior (51 not out) batted well as the winners totalled 126-2 off their 12 overs.
Anwar Ali senior and Anwar Ali junior then shared six wickets as Eastern Delight were dismissed for 87.
Bedford and Coco were the losing semi- finalists.
About £3,000 of the money raised will go to the Umeed Welfare Trust hospital being built in Pakistan with the balance being donated to the Amazon Ward at Peterborough District Hospital.
THE all-day Newborough sixes event on Bank Holiday Monday wasn’t settled until the very last ball.
Nassington emerged victorious over Ufford Park by four runs to retain their title. Harry Chappell kept his nerve when Ufford required 16 off the final over - not that tricky with only four outfielders - and then six off the final ball.
Nassington totalled 72 in their five overs thanks mainly to 48 from Sri Lankan import Danny De Saram even though Ufford seamer Ram Bapodra conceded just two runs from his over. Ross Keymer and Pete Taylor batted well for Ufford.
The winners beat Fitzy’s Team easily in their semi-final, while Ufford passed Free Kicks’ score of 57 with two balls to spare in the other last four match.
Nassington only qualified in second place from their group after beating Uppingham in a last-ball decider.
Eight teams took part with James Fountain of Free Kicks taking the player of the day prize after scoring over 100 runs without getting out during the day.
De Saram, Keymer and Lee Peacock also passed 100 runs during a competition held to raise funds for a new pavilion at Newborough.
WINNERS: The Islam XI that won at Woodlands, Castor. From the left they are, back, Mohammed Sadeem, Raheel Majeed, G Shawid, Nadeem Baig, Babar Naeem, front, Anwar Ali, Ali Azmat and Ejaz Masoot.
BEATEN SEMI-FINALISTS: The Free Kicks team that reached the semi-finals at Newborough. From the left they are, back, Steve Thorpe, James Fountain, Neil Wright, Matt ‘Bear’ Booth. front, Ashley Thorpe, Luke Broekman, Robin Vitas and Richard Telford.