Lilongwe Muslim Club (LMC) made history on Sunday when they lifted the Noor-Bheda Cricket Tournament after beating hosts Mpingwe Sports Club (MSC).
Since Noor and Bheda families joined hands in 1984 to sponsor the dual-trophy competition annually, LCM had been winning one of the trophies with MSC taking home the other, but things changed on Sunday when the former triumphed by a run in Noor Trophy and by three runs in Bheda Trophy.
In Noor event, LCM replied with 160 runs for eight wickets after MSC batted first to make a total of 159 runs for eight. To win the Bheda Trophy, LCM made 120 runs for eight against 117 runs all-out.
LCM also dominated in individual awards after winning all-but-one of the six accolades. They only missed Bheda’s best batsman award, which went to MSC’s Muzamil Yusuf with 45 runs not out. Wasim Dila was the best bowler with three wickets in three overs while Hamza Patel emerged man of the match after making 62 runs and claiming three wickets.
In Noor, the awards went to Hashim Khan (38 runs), Irfan Darbar (four wickets) and Irfan Pathan (64 runs), respectively.
“We are happy that finally we are champions in both categories of the competition for the first time in 33 years. We will try our best to maintain this record next year,” LCM captain Chaudhry Fahad Dhillow said.
According to MSC executive member Makbul Latif, the tournament came into being over three decades ago when Blantyre based Noor and Lilongwe-based Bheda families combined their events to create brotherhood between the Muslim communities and honour the departed Noor brothers Yusuf and Ibrahim alongside former Lilongwe Mayor the late Ibrahim Bheda.
Meanwhile, he said the competition has now found new sponsors and the next contest will embrace the name Sana-Limbada Cricket Tournament. n