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An­chor Ma­rine lift 18th UAE Na­tional Day Cup

Rizwan steals the show in fi­nal through all-round per­for­mance

- BY K.R. NAYAR Chief Cricket Writer

For the past 18 years, crick­eters from dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties have cel­e­brated the UAE Na­tional Day through a seven-a-side cricket tour­na­ment.

This year, the cricket car­ni­val was held at the Ocean Fair Cricket Ground at Dubai In­vest­ment Park. An­chor Ma­rine de­feated DHL Avengers by six wick­ets to lift the 18th City Di­a­mond seven-a-side Cricket Cup.

Like in pre­vi­ous years, this edi­tion was a keenly-fought con­test. Bat­ting first, DHL Avengers scored 49-4 in 5 overs. The high­lights of the fi­nal was Rah­man Gul’s top score of 24 runs and Rizwan Khan pick­ing up two wick­ets in one over. Chas­ing the tar­get, An­chor Ma­rine scored the runs in the last over, with Rizwan scor­ing an un­beaten 30.

The tour­na­ment was or­gan­ised by se­nior UAE um­pire Tariq Butt, who has been or­gan­is­ing cricket tour­na­ments to cel­e­brate spe­cial oc­ca­sions such as the UAE Na­tional Day and In­dia and Pak­istan’s In­de­pen­dence

An­chor Ma­rine de­feated DHL Avengers by six wick­ets to lift the 18th City Di­a­mond seven-a-side Cricket Cup.

Day for the past 34 years. In­ter­est­ingly, the event has al­ways had reg­u­lar sup­port­ers such as Deepak Arora of City Di­a­mond and Freddy Sid­hwa of Ocean Fair In­ter­na­tional who spon­sor all prizes. The 17th edi­tion of the event was won by Ocean Fair de­feat­ing DHL United by three wick­ets.

 ?? Cour­tesy: Or­gan­is­ers ?? The win­ners and run­ners-up cap­tains along with ■ in­di­vid­ual award win­ners and the or­gan­is­ers of the 18th UAE Na­tional Day tour­na­ment in Dubai.
Cour­tesy: Or­gan­is­ers The win­ners and run­ners-up cap­tains along with ■ in­di­vid­ual award win­ners and the or­gan­is­ers of the 18th UAE Na­tional Day tour­na­ment in Dubai.

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