Northern Cyprus Cricket – Opening matches of the Creditwest Cricket League 2016.

Report by Danish Afridi….

First match – Lefkosa Legends vs Cyprus International University.

It was Captain, Muhammad Abdul Haseeb from Lefkosa Legends, who won the toss and elected to bat first. Lefkosa Legends who took a very good start when they were only two wickets down on 39 runs.

Opener Shahzad Raza Khan from L.L  was the only player who achieved the highest score 22 runs, unfortunately none of the other batsmen stood in the front of C.I.U nightmare bowling and L.L were all bowled out on 68 runs in 13.4 overs.

In the reply to 68 runs, C.I.U was very comfortable to chase this target and it was never easy for L.L bowlers to save 68 runs. But it was still a very good fight back from L.L bowlers, Muhammad Sadiq who took one wicket and one wicket by Shahzad Raza Khan and Muqeem Khan who did give trouble to C.I.U.

Cricket in action

Cricket in action

It was good to see some new talented young players on LL side. But still it couldn’t stop CIU to win the Match from LL. It was Ali Irfan and Muhammad Sohail who won the match for CIU by 8 Wickets. This was a 4th consecutive victory for CIU in the TRNC Creditwest Cricket league spring 2016. Top batsman and top bowler Muhammad Sohail from CIU who is one of the best all rounders from CIU who succeeded 32 runs 4 wickets and 19 runs given in 4 overs.

Second match – Eastern Mediterranean University vs Cyprus Stars.

Another thriller match and one of the 2nd upsets happened in the TRNC Creditwest Cricket league spring 2016. It was Bajwa the Captain of CS who won the toss and put EMU in for batting first. The openers batsman Shohail Khilji and Zia Ullah, who took a slow start for EMU.

After losing the 1st wicket of EMU, one down Majid Khan and opener  Sohail Khilji built a solid partnership to be placed in a very strong position for EMU. EMU Captain Sohail Khilji who did outstanding batting, 55 runs with help of 6 sixes and 3 fours and Majid Khan 22 runs and a very useful knocked from Shahzaib Ali 20 run to set the safe and fightable total 146 runs in 20 over’s

EMU bowler Meyed Hussain takes 4 wickets again

EMU bowler Meyed Hussain takes 4 wickets again

In the reply to 146 runs, CS batsmen Faisal Goraya, 10 runs, Firdos Iqbal 23 runs and Qaiser Butt reached 23, it was a hard battle between EMU and CS because CS is one of the best sides in TRNC Creditwest Cricket league spring 2016 and do have the ability to turn the match any time.

The match was equally balanced until the very end of the match, and nobody could know who would win until the tail ender Muhammad Zafar played.  It was EMU who kept the grip on the match until the end and won the match in the TRNC Creditwest Cricket league spring 2016 with their brilliant fielding and bowling. CS who  succeeded to make 116 runs only. The highest wicket taker from EMU was Meyed Hussain.

Creditwest league 3rd April

More matches this Sunday (10th April ) Creditwest  Cricket League at the Alsancak Stadium:

  • 09.30 Gentlemen of Girne vs Cyprus International University
  • 13.00 NearEast University vs Eastern Mediterranean University

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