A great win last weekend from the Southerners cricket side in the Cup Final of the club’s own Southerners 20/20 cricket tournament.

We played well throughout the entire tournament, only dropping one game by two runs and winning our other three. It was a great mix of players that played throughout the tournament. A great feature was our positive mindset throughout each game – our energy in the field was fantastic.

Here are some highlights from our final against Asia United CC:

Our innings

  • We won the toss (a clean sweep for the tournament!) and elected to bat.
  • Faheem & Matt B got us off to a flyer, putting on 62 for the 1st wicket.
  • At the 10-over drinks break we were 1/94, an awesome start that had us bantering totals of over 200.
  • A good old Southerners middle order heart-attack ensued, seeing us capitulating at 4/128 after 17 overs.
  • Enter Jamie……..bowled first ball, we lost 5 runs as per the 20/20 rules and the camp started to look a little edgy.
  • Jamie was quick to bounce back however, dispatching the ball all over the place and ending up with 37 runs.
  • We ended the innings on 172, less Jamie’s first ball duck – a total of 167.

Asia United’s innings

  • Asia United were in trouble early with Big Ben & Peema bowling super-tight!
  • Madan had to visit the hospital after splitting the webbing in his finger in the fourth over, with Vicki coming on to substitute for him.
  • Peema & Jamie bowled beautifully and picked up two scalps each.
  • We had them 5/41 at drinks…they were in serious trouble.
  • After the break, Vicki took a blinder of a catch at point, a true goal keepers grab.
  • A bit of a fight-back late in the innings saw Asia United 6/89 after 17 overs.
  • However they didn’t quite have enough runs – we managed to cruise to a victory, restricting them to 9/108 off 20 overs.

A great team win and super effort by everyone on the day, including Khan & Nadeem scoring. Congratulations to Jamie on receiving the man of the match award – great to see the big fella grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck.

– Nathan Kincaid (Photos by Sheik Waseem Yousef)