First ever beach cricket day organised by Cyprus cricket

Tue, Sep 7, 2010 5:03 PM

Cyprus Cricket Association (CCA) held the first ever day of organised beach cricket at Dasoudi Beach, Limassol.

CCA dedicated grounds man Philip Bell along with intern Muhammad Husain were spotted arriving early morning for pitch inspection and boundary markings.

After setting up the field, Phil changed his boots and took up the role of Beach Cricket Coach and was seen leading the warm ups with some crazy catch practice. However, despite Phil's overzealous efforts Gary
Martin struggled to find the middle of the net and as a consequence Olga Turner volunteered to stop the ball going in to the Mediterranean waters.

Scheduled to begin at 1000 hrs, the triangular double round robin tournament finally got started after half an hour delay with dedicated band of supporters watching the day's events.

Phil was chosen as the emperor of "VII Legion" for the day, where as the "Cotton Candy" was lead by Alistair Welford and Remzi Jarrah was declared the commander in chief of "Red Devils".

Whilst the pitch was in good repair there were lots of runs scored but as it deteriorated the scores became lower but the fielding improved as well as the catching and tactics used by the teams.

VII Legion enjoyed smooth sailing in the round robin games and reached the final unbeaten; though luck played its part as they recorded a fortuitous tie against The Red Devils.

On the other hand Red Devils despite some jittery performances also made it to the finals with only one
loss. This meant that Cotton Candy had to be content with the wooden spoon which they should not mind after being completely outclassed by The Red Devils and The VII Legion.

The final game turned out to be a thriller, as VII Legion batted first and got restricted to a paltry total of 24 runs in allotted six overs. Chasing a small total, the Red Devils batsmen paid the price of complacency and wilted under intense pressure from VII Legion fielders.

A dubious catch by Gary Martin (disputed by the batsman but importantly not the umpire Tessa Kerr) to dismiss the last batsman Muhammad Husain resulted in VII Legion's wild celebrations, who won a nail bitter by 6 runs with masterful field placing and clever tactics.

Later on, VII Legion was awarded with winners trophies where as, the Red Devils and the Cotton Candy players were awarded medals for their positive participation.

The event sponsored by Dasoudi Restaurant and AIONAS Travel ended with a raffle draw that raised some funds for the Cyprus Cricket Association and turned out to be a treat for a number of locals watching the games.

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