North Cyprus Cricket : The Grand TRNC Creditwest Finale at Çatalköy
Creditwest 2016 Autumn Cricket League Championship
The Final was held on Sunday 27th November 2016 at the Catalkoy ground.
After some ten weeks of hard-fought TRNC Creditwest Autumn League Matches, it all came down to Sunday’s final between the Gentlemen of Girne and the Near East University. And what a thriller it turned out to be!
The Gentlemen of Girne won the toss and their Captain, Danish Afridi, elected to bat first, The two openers, Janwali Khan and Awais Ahmed made a decent start and scored 7 and 18 runs respectively and the third batsman, Bilal Afridi, the highest scorer of 210 runs in this year’s Autumn league, made a remarkable 60 runs, with the help of six fours and two sixes. The much needed middle order partnership of Arif Khan added 40 runs, with a help of four sixes and two fours, and new young player Haider Mir hit a 17 runs debut at Creditwest autumn league 2016. The Gentlemen of Girne reached 180 for 9 wickets in their allotted 25 overs.
In reply, Near East University made a spirited effort, scoring 140 runs in their 25 overs and the match was a real cliff-hanger! NearEast university openers Masror Ahmed made 2 runs and Munib Khan 1 run had extremely difficult times facing the Gentlemen’s brutal bowling rom Sajjad Kamal and Waheed Nawab. Near East University’s innings included one down with Talha Amir for 7, before he was clean bowled by Arif Khan and 27 by Suliaman Khan before he was also bowled, again by The Gentlemen most prolific bowler Shahzad Malik.
The thriller started when it seemed that Muhammad Adeel could take the game from the Gentlemen. 44 runs were needed from 24 balls and the last wicket for NEU to win. The Gentlemen had to use four bowlers, each bowler having to bowl one over only. Captain Danish Afridi chose Sajjad Kamal, who is their key bowler. Outstanding Sajjad Kamal conceded only one run in his last over. This put NEU in more trouble and they needed 43 runs in 18 balls. Finally, Janwali Khan clean bowled the match winning batsman Muhammad Adeel on 62 runs. That, finally, was the end of the NEU thriller. The Gentlemen of Girne had won the final of the TRNC Creditwest championship trophy for the fourth time since 2013.
The Gentlemen of Girne owed their victory in no small measure to the prowess of bowlers, Sajjad Kamal and Waheed Khan, [2 for 14 and 2 for 27 respectively].
Muhammad Bilal was credited as the highest scorer of 200 runs in 5 matches and Shahzad Malik who was the highest wicket taker with 17 wickets in 5 matches in the TRNC Creditwest Autumn Cricket League 2016.
The Next match:
The Cyprus champion trophy match will be held on Sunday (18th December) between the champion of TRNC Creditwest Autumn 2016 Cricket league, The Gentlemen of Girne from North Cyprus and The champions of South Cyprus Autumn Cricket league, the Sri Lankan team at the Catalkoy ground.