ST MICHAEL’S Seniors once again proved their mettle by lifting the Champions Trophy at Bab-e-Aali Stadium on Sunday. In the final, St Michael’s thrashed Irani Green by 143 runs, the biggest win in the tournament.
After registering a cakewalk victory over star-studded Arera Cricket Academy in semifinal, the St Michael’s players were determined to repeat the performance against Irani Green. After winning the toss, St Michael’s skipper Pervezullah decided to bat first.
The experienced Sohail Masood capitalised upon the opportunity to make first use of a batting-friendly pitch and scored runs liberally. With the help of a six and four hits to the fence, he scored 57 runs. Skipper Pervez also demonstrated good batting but was not lucky like Sohail. He fell short of his half century by two runs. He knock was studded with three sixes and five fours.
Impressive batting helped St Michael’s scoring 244 runs in the stipulated 30 overs. For Irani Green, Farhan scalped three wickets.
Chasing the target, the opening pair of Irani Green produced a 50-run partnership. However, with their departure the team collapsed. The brilliant bowling by Muqtadirullah restricted Irani Green’s total to 102. St Michael’s won the match by 142 runs. Muqtadirullah claimed three wickets. Sohail and Suboor scalped one wicket each.
Chief guest of the prize distribution ceremony, Mayor Sunil Sood, presented the winner’s trophy to St Michael’s team. Congress leader Govind Goyal and others were present.
Man of the final match: Sohail Masood
Man of the series:
Best coach of Bhopal:
Syed Shakeel Mohammad