It was ideal conditions at HKCC for the final, and there was a lot of support for both sides. After winning the important toss Tartars batted first again on a beautiful batting turf and had a very good start with both openers Afzaal Haider & Anoop Nainani playing positive with confidence. They took the team to 50 in the 8th over by playing some very intelligent cricketing shots around the park. Afzaal Haider was the first to go when he edged an in-swinging ball of Ehsan Nawaz onto his stumps for 37. Anoop Nainani scored 18 runs and the rest of the Tartars played some poor shorts to get them out including Kinchit Shah (4), Usman Manj (17), Farooq Saeed (12), Muhammad Khan (8), Ghulam Mustafa (5), Devang Shah (6), Suhaib Ahmed (0) & Ninad Shah (3). In short, the whole team was bundled out for 120 runs by the 25th over. The great start that Tartars had had was gone and wasted as the original plan was to play 35 overs and put maximum runs on the board. But we had failed in plan A and now it was time to play plan B by bowling tight and one-side of the wicket as we all still had confidence in our bowling attack.
Tartars’ bowling was quite disciplined and attacking and troubled LSW straightaway. The energy was quite high in the field and we were playing the game with great intensity and courage. Bowlers were creating opportunities for run-outs and catches. It looked like we were back in the game at one stage when LSW were 6 down for 78; our bowlers had given us the full opportunity of winning the match. It was all up to the fielders now to take the game away from the opposition, but unfortunately we missed a few run-outs and catches were dropped in the slips and by the wicket-keeper, who had had a great season by taking the highest number of dismissals. We still had three run-outs in their 7 wickets but Tartars lost by 3 wickets in the end, in a match that they could have won. Afzaal Haider took 2 for 38 & Suhaib Ahmed 2 for 15, and he remains the highest wicket-taker for Tartars this season. He was greatly helped by his fellow bowlers, Daood Ashfaq, Ninad Shah, Ansh Lulla, Ghulam Mustafa and Devang Shah.
Congratulations to all teammates for a great season in and outside the ground by playing hard cricket with fun and joy. A great season for a very young side that have beaten some very strong sides during the long season with great support from their seniors, Anoop, Devang, Farooq, Ravi & Rahul, who all chipped in whenever they were free from their work and family commitments. A very big thanks to UMESH BHASSIN & Maheen Haider who scored for the whole season and won us a bonus point too by having a scorer at every match.
Submitted by Afzaal Haider