19th Kanoo Inter-Division League kicks off

JEDDAH: The 19th Kanoo Inter-Division Cricket Tournament kicked off last week with tremendous excitement among the participating teams and players.
The tournament is sponsored by Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Group Jeddah for its employees and associates and subsidiaries companies and co-sponsored by Maersk Sealand (Mercantile Shipping) and AXA Insurance as part of the Group’s corporate social responsibility to encourage sports in general and cricket in particular. It serves the employees keep to be physically and mentally fit for the betterment of the company. The employees of Kanoo Group are grateful to the management in Western Province and particularly to Sheikh Ahmed Fawzi Kanoo for their keen interest in encouraging such activities which gives employees opportunity to interact with each other and thereby boost their morale.

In a departure from tournaments past to be played this year are 6-a side and regular T15 over league cum knock-out matches. The 7 teams entered are: BDP, Finance, Logistics, Machinery, Maersk Lion, Power & Industrial Project and Travel who will be vying at the Sulamaniyah grounds for the coveted Kanoo Inter-Division Cup.

1st match Maersk Lion vs BDP: Maersk Lions set a target of 53 runs thanks to Nawab 19 and Ashfaq 09. Good bowling attack by Izan (2 for 4) and Shamun (1 for 5). In reply BDP player Hameen 20 and Fahim 12 batted well but lower order could not cope up with the asking rate and BDP were restricted to 44 to give the Lions a win by 8 runs. Man of the Match: Izaan Ahmad of Maersk Lions 2 wickets for 4 runs.

2nd match BDP vs. Logistics: BDP openers Fahim (33 runs) and Oliver (16 runs) were able to score 74 runs in 5 overs. In reply Logistics batsmen Wahid blasted his way to a superb knock of 39 runs (3 sixes, 4 fours) with support from Siraj, Wahid and Imran who batted coolly and sensibly to enable their team achieve the target of 75 in 4.4 overs with 3 wickets in hand. Man of the Match: Wahid Khan 39 not out

3rd Match Maersk Lions vs. Logistics: Despite losing early wickets Maersk Lion managed to score 47 due to superb bowling of Shiras from Logistics who took 4 for 12. In reply Logistics reached the target of 47runs comfortably with Shiras scoring an unbeaten 42 runs to give Logistics their 2nd win. Man of the Match: Shiras 42Not Out and 4 for 12 runs.

4th Match Travel vs. Finance: Travel scored a sizeable score of 104 in 5 overs against Finance. Azam displayed an excellent innings scoring an unbeaten 45 runs with (5 fours, 2 sixes) and was well supported by Mubeen 27 and Yasas 22 not out. In reply Finance team could not cope up with the asking rate of over 20 and were bundled out for 66 runs only with Tuan Kamoor (25) and Amin (29) remaining unbeaten as Travel won by 38 runs. Man of the Match: Azam of Travel 45 runs.

5th Match Logistics vs. Finance: Finance managed to score 79 with Kamoor (15), Azaz (25) and Amin (23) going for the kill. In reply Logistics batsmen Mohd Inshaf scored the fastest 23 runs to take his team on the verge of victory. Needing 5 off the last ball Wahid Khan hit a six and took Logistics to 80 for 3 wicket. Man of the Match: Mohammed Inshaf 23 runs.

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