Dove Cricket Club (DCC), which has long been a potent force to reckon with in Yemeni cricket, justified their standing by defending their title for the third time in a row. With this win they have recorded a hat trick of titles in the YCL Tournaments.
Their third championship came with the defeat of the Arabians Star Cricket Club, winning by 32 Runs in the final match played at Thahareer Stadium on Friday 5 July 2013.
“We are happy to have defended the title once again. This shows the depth of the players and their consistency to perform and help win and retain the title for Dove Cricket Club,” said Mr. Vinod, manager of the club.
The Tournament was launched in 2012 by the Yemen Cricket Association with sponsorship support from Sabafon, Five Start Logistics, Compass Logistics, Coca Cola and UBL Bank.
After winning the toss, Dove Cricket Club chose to bat first and scored 135/6 in 20 Overs.
Openers Ragav and Maneesh started well, but in between DCC lost openers and Hafeez’s wicket.
The top order struggled against the accuracy of ASCC bowling; DCC lost their 1st three wickets very cheaply.
Rupesh and Akhil batted with a lot of maturity to add 50 runs for the fourth wicket. DCC crossed 50 runs in the 13th over. After the drinks break, DCC began storming, killing ASCC bowling. After a good 4th wicket stand in which they lost Akhil’s wicket, he scored a comfortable 33 in his account. Mudassir joined with Rupesh; he started with a huge six on the very first ball he faced and both of them they started hitting boundaries and the scoreboard started moving like bullets…
DCC scored 92 odd runs in last 07 overs (14-20 over).
Mudassir, Antony and Vinod added another 47 runs towards the end. Rupesh and Mudassir scored 32 runs each.
Chasing a target of 136 runs, ASCC lost a wicket in the very first ball of the innings. DCC opened their attack with Pacers from both ends and Arshad Bajwa trapped Hafeez for Zero (Golden Duck). He got him clean bowled in the very first ball with a stunning Yorker.
Naim and Zubair tried to build the innings, but Mudassir took Zubair’s wicket in his 2nd over. Naim continued with his stroke & tried to increase the run rate; Rupesh gave a breakthrough for DCC & took Naim’s wicket. Captain Raja joined with Kamal in the middle; they tried to build the innings, and Raja’s innings ended with a fantastic catch by Mudassir at long on, which was the Catch of the Tournament, on Rupesh`s second spell first over 3rd ball.
The Man of the series of the tournament was Ameen, who was joined with Kamal but couldn’t contribute much and managed to score only one run; Rupesh sent him back on his last ball of the same over. Sijo also bowled well and took 1 wicket.
Hafeez, in his second spell took wickets of Kamal and Ata-Ullah. Finally, Rupesh ended the innings of ASCC by taking Irfan`s wicket. ASCC were finally bowled out for 103 runs in 18.1 overs.
Hafeez and Rupesh shared four wickets each.
YCA (Yemen Cricket Association) Honorary Secretary, Rupesh thanked Sabafon and Five Star Logistics for their hat-trick of sponsorships and congratulated DCC and their Coaching staff and team for their third title win in a row and wished ASCC better luck.
Honorable Indian, Pakistani and Malaysian ambassadors were present at the closing ceremony and distributed the trophies accordingly. The Pakistani ambassador congratulated the winning team (DCC) and expressed his hope that each and every team enjoyed the tournament and that a Yemeni team (local) will be present in the upcoming YCL editions.