Spinghar Lions outplay Mashal Kabul Eagles for title
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Alokozay Spinghar Lions on Friday clinched the title of the biggest annual cricketing contest at the Kabul International Stadium.
They outplayed the Mashal Kabul Eagles in the final of the T-20 event -- called Shpageeze (Sixes) Tournament -- featuring six leading teams.
Because of rains, the technical committee decided to scrap the semi-finals. The finalists were chosen on the basis of the points won.
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News the Alokozay Spinghar Lions captain won the toss.
Given the wicket’s wet condition, Hotak said, the final was curtailed to 10 overs. The Mashal Kabul Eagles, asked to bat first, scored 85 runs.
Shahzad Mohammadi top-scored for them with 36 runs for the club, which lost six wickets in the stipulated 10 overs.
Zahir Sherzad and Nawaz Ahmad were the pick of bowlers, capturing two wickets apiece in the crucial encounter, which drew a large crowd.
Spurred by solid knocks from Sami Afridi (26) and Nawaz Khan (21), the Spinghar Lions achieved the target for the loss of five wickets.
Nawaz Khan was adjudged the Man of the Match, Sami Afridi the best batsman, Rashid Arman the best batsman and Nabi Issakhel player of the tournament.
ACB Chairman Nasimullah Danish, hailing the fighting spirit of the finalists, congratulated the champions. He also praised the organisors’ hard work.
Danish added the tournament had proven cricket’s bright future in Afghanistan. He called the sport a key factor in bringing about national unity and peace.
Shafiqullah Stanikzai, the board’s chief executive, said cricket fans had displayed extraordinary zest, charm and warmth despite the disruption of some matches by rains.
Organised by the ACB, the event was sponsored by leading companies and businessmen -- a move that brought players and the board enough financial rewards.
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