Entering the final stage, My Youth My Pride activities begin in Kulgam district where events in the disciplines of tennis ball cricket were held at Sports Stadium Kulgam, to which more than 200 cricketers took a active part. The event that started today will last for two days and will end on the 20th of this month. A similar event is scheduled for Khrew Pampore, Pulwama on April 21.
The first Tennis Ball Event match was played between Laroo Kulgam and Shurath Kulgam. Laroo Kulgam opted to bat after winning the toss, scored 74 runs in his 10-over quota. Yawar with 48 points was the team’s top scorer. Chasing a modest 75-point target seemed like a cake walk, but Shurath Kulgam ran into misfires in the first innings of their innings and managed to chase the target in the final innings of the game, thanks to the valiant efforts of Tajamul who fattened the sleeves. He was declared man of the match for his winning sets of 26 points.
Second match of the day, was played between BHS Bungam Kulgam and Aisha Ali Kanipora Kulgam. After winning the toss, Bungam Kulgam opted to strike and scored 73 runs. Sahir was the team’s top scorer with his personal tally of 35 points.
In response, Aisha Ali chased the target in just 7 overs, riding a noble strike from Faheem that netted 32 quick-fire points, earning him the man of the match award in pursuit.
The locals present at the venue thanked the J&K Sports Council, especially the Secretary of the Sports Council for organizing events in Kulgam district. A large gathering of cricket fans had been present in the stadium since early morning. Speaking on the sidelines, some of the spectators demanded that a Union Territory-wide cricket tournament modeled after a mega cricket event organized in 2017 by the J&K Sports Council be organized soon, so as to to allow young people not only from Kulgam but from all of J&K to showcase their talent and rub shoulders with their counterparts from other neighborhoods.
Incharge Indoor Complex Qaimoh Kulgam, Abid Nabi Junior Cricket Coach, Feroz Ahmad, Tennis Ball Cricket Instructor, Mir Waris and other J&K Sports Council officials were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing Spring Shield T20 cricket tournament at Nanil Cricket Field Anantnag, the game between Pahalgam Blues and Super Star Mattan was won by the former Cavalier on a superb bowling performance by Sharid who bagged 5 crucial wickets denting the opponents very early in the game.
In response, Pehalgam Blues chased said target easily and won the game by 4 wickets.
Man of the Match was awarded to Sharid Shafi for his brilliant all-around performance by bagging 5 wickets and scoring 16 crucial runs for the team.
Today’s only match at the venue and the final quarter-final of the tournament was underway between BSM Mattan and youngster Islamia Anzwola at the time of the report.
The football match played between SCFA Srinagar and Bandipora FA in the ongoing Youth League Football Tournament last night was decided by a last minute goal. The event is held at the TRC synthetic turf football stadium, Srinagar. SCFA Srinagar scored a last minute goal against Bandipora SCFA which helped them not only to win the match but also earn 3 crucial points and lead the standings.
J&K Sports Council Co-Secretary Mr. Bashir Ahmad Bhat (JKAS) presided over the ceremony as the chief guest. He interacted with both teams and asked them to maintain the spirit of the game while showing aggression on the pitch. He assured the players of both teams full support and said similar events will take place in the future to harness the talent.
SCFA Srinagar’s Junaid was voted Player of the Match for scoring the last minute decider.
Two league matches between JK Bank Academy and Bandipora SCFA, and SCFA Srinagar vs Baramulla Football Academy are scheduled for tomorrow.
The events are organized by the J&K Sports Council as part of the special sports initiative “My Youth My Pride” which aims to harness talent and bring the sport to the nooks and crannies of J&K’s union territory.