Avengers, Eagles win cup finals
The Avengers won the Atul Ahuja Cup this Saturday with a 63 run victory over the Tigers. The Cup was presented by former Cricket Canada CEO Atul Ahuja, who donated the artificial pitch used for matches and is contested between the 1st and 2nd place teams in the regular season.
The Avengers batted first and posted a total of 174 runs for the loss of only three wickets. They were led by man of the match Rahul Vashishtha, who hit a century- exactly 100 runs, off only 54 balls, striking ten sixes. He was well supported by Kangai Thillaiyampalam who made 21. Hummam Bin Saif (13 runs) and Ayaz Ghani (13) got the Tigers off to a good start, but both fell to Deep Patel. Abrar Khan and Abdullah Nibir both made 18 runs but the Tigers fell well short, totalling 111. Samaa Madwha took two wickets and also two catches for the Avengers.
The Championship match was followed by a game for the Herringshaw Cup (named after Liam Herringshaw, the driving force behind the founding of the organization five years ago, and played between the 3rd and 4th place finishers in the league). The Eagles (with only one regular season win) upset the Superkings beating them by 33 runs. The Eagles batting first made a modest 112 runs all out, led by 20 from Mohammed Umair. The Superkings looked to be heading for victory, as Rakesh Negi (34) and Gurman Khurana (15) put on 36 for the opening wicket. Once Gurman was caught, wickets tumbled, with Osama Anwer (named man of the match) leading the way with four wickets for just 15 runs.
Atul Ahuja Cup
Avengers 174 runs for 3 wickets (Rahul Vashishtha 100 runs) beat Tigers 111 runs for 10 wickets
Eagles 112 all out beat Superkings 79 all out by 33 runs.
Summer League awards were also presented
Most valuable player: Hummam-bin-Saif
Best batsman: Rahul Vashishtha
Best bowler: Purvi Kalyan
Best fielder: Ali Malik
Most improved player: Osama Hader
Most spirited player: Nadeem Saqlain
League trophy: Avengers