ARMY ORGANIZES SHAH-E- HAMDAN CRICKET TOURNAMENT AT TRAL

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Tral, 18 May 2015. The Shah-E-Hamdan Cricket Tournament organised by the Rashtriya Rifles Unit of Tral under the aegis of Chinar Corps is being played at Tsaraligund cricket ground near Awantipora. The tournament which has generated great participation from the youth of South Kashmir has reached its 13th day with two teams reaching the semi-final stage after winning their quarter final matches so far. The finals are scheduled to be played on 21 May 2015.

The First Quarter Final was played between Montiqui Sports, Awantipora and Tral Warriors, Chandrigam.  Tral Warriors, Chandrigam won the toss and put Montiqui Sports, Awantipora into bat who posted a huge score of 157 for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. Batting second, Tral Warriors, Chandrigam were all out for 102 runs in 17.3 overs. Montiqui Sports, Awantipora thus become the first team to reach the Semi Finals with Adil Ahmad of Barogam being awarded the man of the match for taking 04 wickets and scoring 35 runs.

The second Quarter Final was played between Hilal Cricket Club, Noorpora and JCC, Mindoora, Tral.  JCC, Mindoora won the toss and chose to bowl first.  Hilal Cricket Club, Noorpora accumulated a huge total of 164 for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. In response, JCC Mindoora were all out in 19.1 overs at the score of 127 runs.  Thus, Hilal Cricket Club, Noorpora became the second semi finalist with Mohd Iqbal Sheikh of Noorpora being awarded man of the match for taking 03 wickets and scoring 38 runs.

The tournament has taken a interesting turn with two semi finalists lined up. The other quarter finals are also expected to be a keenly contested affairs.  Hundreds of locals are taking keen interest in the proceedings and are flocking to the Tsaraligund cricket ground to witness the matches. Depending on weather conditions the final match will be played on 21 or 22 May 2015.

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