The ‘JF WINTER CUP 2016” got a glitzy and illustrious opening at SABSA Cricket Ground in Rakah (Dammam-AlKhobar Coastal Highway) on 22nd January 2016. The inaugural ceremony in the morning session gave a spectacle beginning which engulfed the Eastern Province. The pleasant weather with bright and shiny morning had provided all the 12 Cricket Teams to applaud the prestigious and most popular Cricket Tournament of Jam’iyyatul Falah. The tournament was organized for the Noble Cause and it was concluded with a fabulous closing ceremony and a spectacular grand finale.
Mohammed Wahid, President of JF Dammam Unit inaugurated the opening ceremony. Javed and Siraj, had described the rules and regulations on the ground to all the Cricket Teams and the inaugural match of the preliminary round between “CBC” and “SAB” was started off on-time and followed by all other matches as scheduled. All preliminary and quarter final matches were played in the morning session and the Semi-Finals and Finals were played in the afternoon session under delightful atmosphere.
AMACO won the toss and elected to field first. Shamsheer and Ranjeeth opened the innings for EXPERTISE. AMACO bowler succeeds to take the wicket of Shamsheer on the very first ball of the match for duck. Rifdi joined Ranjeeth, both played magnificently by hitting boundaries and sixes; and added valuable score of 50 runs partnership for the 2nd wicket. Azhar joined and put 15 runs for the 3rd wicket. EXPERTISE were 82/4 in 5th over at one stage, but in the last 3 over, AMACO bowlers controlled their line and length, and gave away 26 runs. EXPERTISE put a huge score of 108 in allotted 8 over by losing 6 wickets. Ranjeeth 40 (5 sixes), Rifdi 23 (3 sixes). For AMACO Harish took 2/15 and Rasheed took 2/27.
Chasing the target of 109 was a challenge for AMACO in allotted 8 over. Mohammad Asif & Rameez opened the innings for AMACO, both batsmen rotate their bats and managed to keep the required runs intact, as both built the total of 42 for the first wicket in the first 4 over. At the crucial stage, AMACO’s batsman Niyaz got out for duck and Niyaz’s was a vital wicket for Expertise. AMACO required 66 runs in 24 balls and they were losing their wicket in regular interval. At this difficult stage, Saleem joined Rameez. Saleem took the challenge and start hitting on all corners of the ground with 2 consecutive sixes, and 3 boundaries with a total of 24 runs in the 5th over from the bowler Zubair. In last 18 balls, AMACO needed another 42 runs and managed get only 6 runs from 6 balls bowled by James. AMACO with the run rate of 18 runs per over to win the finals kept the crowd on their feet for the nail biting finish. Saleem played brilliantly by hitting 3 consecutive sixes to Nuwan’s bowling and the score moved to 97 runs in 7th over. AMACO lost their important wicket of Rameez at the crucial stage. In last 6 balls, AMACO required 12 runs and new batsman Sharafat scored 3 runs on the first ball and given strike to Saleem. Saleem took charge to hit huge six on 2nd ball and the 3rd ball went for 2 runs and the winning short rolled out of the boundary on the 4th ball. Saleem took away the match from Expertise and gave a remarkable victory to AMACO by 6 wickets. AMACO won for the first time the prestigious JF Winter Cup 2016 organized by JF Dammam Unit. Rameez 50 (3 sixes, 4 fours), Saleem 37 (5 sixes). For Expertise Nuwan and James took two wickets each. Saleem was awarded man of the match.
Prior to Finals, first Semi-Final was played between AMACO v/s SAB. Batted first AMACO scored 84 runs in 8 over. Niyaz (45) and Salman (2/19). Batted second SAB scored 79 runs in 8 over. Iqbal (45) and Tafseer (3/12). AMACO won by 5 runs. The second Semi-Final was played between Blue Stars v/s Expertise. Batted first Blue Stars scored 68 runs in 8 over. Nasir (29) and James (3/15). Batted second Expertise made 71 runs with 5 balls to spare. Ranjeeth (41) and Sampath (3/10). Expertise won by 4 wickets.
Immediately after the Finals, the post-match presentation and closing ceremony was hosted by Javed Sayed and supported by Ibrahim Khader. The program commenced with Qirath by Nuwayd and Salman. President Mohammad Wahid addressed the audience with his welcome speech and thanked the thrilled-packed audience for their kind presence. President appreciated all the 12 cricket teams for their participation and lauded their great sportsmanship throughout the tournament and declared all the 12 cricket teams as a WINNER for playing in the tournament, which contributes all the collections for the Noble Cause.
The presence of prominent guests and audience had built a pleasant environment of joy and happiness on the ground and their presence was appreciated by the Host. The Main Sponsors for the Cricket Tournament “IDEALINK”, “JAFCO” and “SAB” were presented with memento. The main sponsors and distinguished guests had shared and invited on the dais including Chief Guest Abubakker Nazeer (IDEALINK), Brand Ambassador of the Tournament Ismail Ebrahim (JAFCO), Haji Basheer (Ex-President of JF Mangalore Corporation Unit), Javad Khan (Al-Kabeer Foods), Ahmed Abbas (Chairman, JF Sports Committee), Mr. Ismail (USI Freight), Mohammad Asif (CEO, AMACO), Liyakat Khan (Al-Majdouie Logistics), Mohammad Farook (Ex-Ameer, JF NRCC) and Mohammad Wahid (President, JF Dammam).
The success of “JF Winter Cup 2016” was dedicated to its Main Sponsors, Co-Sponsors and all the well-wishers of Jam’iyattul Falah, who had been a great support and foundation to a wonderful Cricket Tournament, and the encouragement had given the opportunity to JF Dammam Unit to work for the betterment of the community back home.
Subsequently, the prize distribution ceremony was hosted by Javed Sayed and he announced the winners of ‘Man of the Match’ awardees for their performance in the Preliminary, Quarter Final, Semi-Final and Finals. Individual awards were presented to different players in various categories.
Best Batsman awarded to Muthalib of SAB (first and only batsman to score century in JF Tournaments).
Best Bowler awarded to James of Expertise, Jubail
Best Wicket Keeper awarded to Niyaz of AMACO, Jubail
Best Outfielder awarded to Chikku of Expertise, Jubail
Rameez of AMACO judged “Man of the Tournament” for his remarkable performance throughout the tournament. He also won the Return Air-Ticket sponsored by Al-Majdouie Travels.
Mohammad Asif, the Captain of “AMACO” Cricket Team collected the Winner’s Trophy from the Brand Ambassador of the Tournament Ismail Ibrahim (JAFCO) and Chief Guest Abubakker Nazeer (IDEALINK) and at the same time, each winning players had collected their individual trophies. Shamsheer the Captain of “Expertise” Cricket Team collected the Runners-up trophy from Haji Basheer of JF Mangalore Corporation Unit and the players were distributed with their individual trophies. AL-KABEER sponsored Lucky Cricket Team prize LED TV and the prize won by Blue Stars and it was presented by Javad Khan of AL-KABEER.
Vote of thanks was proposed by Ameen Shaikh, organizing secretary of JF Dammam Unit.