MSC Silver got the Bhaiji 10-overs Cricket Tournament crown on Sunday following an easy triumph over MSC Grey in the finals at the Oriental Cricket Club (OCC) in Blantyre.
Grey batted first to make 71 runs in the entire 10-overs, but Silver showed great skill and determination when they made those runs in just eight overs.
Aasif Rustam and his brother Sohel, who emerged as the best batsman and best player of the tournament, were the driving force behind Silver’s victory in the final match as they contributed 45 runs and 15 runs not-out, respectively.
“We had a wonderful tournament,” said Aasif Rustam after the match. “We hope to maintain this form in the upcoming competitions.”
To get to the final, Silver also beat MSC purple in just eight overs with 108 runs in the semi-finals. This followed their 130-50 runs triumph over MSC Gold Fattani in the quarter-finals.
Perennial domestic cricket champions MSC Orange got the shock of their lives when they were ousted in the semi-finals by Grey, who made 86 runs in nine overs.
Sohel Rustam won the player-of-the-tournament accolade after claim 11 wickets and made144 runs throughout the three-week contest while Aasif Rustam made 278 runs to be named the best batsman. The best bowler award went to Aspak Master of MSC purple after he took nine wickets.
The event was introduced as a tribute to the fallen cricket umpire Yakub Bhaiji, who died after over 20 years of service as an umpire on the domestic cricket scene.