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Bassali lift title.

IMPERIAL Metals Bassali added another crown to their overflowing trophy cabinet by winning the Bahrain Cricket League (BCL) Sixes Cup 2011 after defeating Global Metals.

The competition, which was played in an eight-a side format, was organised by the BCL, and was sponsored by Alpha Fire Services.

Winners Bassali won $300 in prize money, while Global Metals came away with $200.

Last season, Bassali had won three tournaments including a sixes tournament, and had started the current season with a win against the rest of the BCL team for the AddWize Super Cup.

Global Metals is a newcomer to BCL events, and despite playing for the first time in the 2011 season, reached the tournament final.

The title-decider took place at Awali cricket grounds. Bassali chased a target of 42 runs in four overs, losing just two wickets. They achieved the victory with three balls to spare.

Earlier, Global Metals had scored 41 in four overs, with Neil top scoring on 13. Atiqur Rehman and Sarfraz Hussain were the top performers for Bassali.

In the final, Hussain scored 16 and conceded nine runs in his over, while Rehman scored 15 and conceded 11.

Hussain was adjudged man of the match in the finals, and also received the prize for hitting most number of sixes. Ahmed Zaman of Haq CC won the Man of the Tournament award.

Victorious

Prior to the final, IM Bassali defeated Haq CC in the semi-final round, while Global Metals overcame Behbehani.

In Bassali's final four win, Haq opened the game scoring 38 runs in four overs, with Ahmed Zaman top scoring with 22. Rehman conceded just six runs in his one over and claimed a wicket.

Hussain conceded 16 runs but claimed a wicket. In reply, Rehman (13) and Hussain (15) remained unbeaten as Bassali reached the target without losing any wicket. Rehman was adjudged man of the match for his all-round contribution.

In the other semi-final, Global Metals scored 58 in four overs, losing just two wickets. Once again, Neil was the top scorer with 14.

In reply, Noushad scored a valiant 28 but that was not enough to reach the target, eventually Behbehani fell short by six runs. Imran claimed two wickets for 10 runs in his one over for Global Metals and was adjudged man of the match.

The day-long tournament started with 46 teams in fray, and was played on a knockout basis. As many as 45 matches were played on nine different cricket grounds. The initial round took place on a five-over per side format, but had to be reduced to a four-over per side format from the quarter-finals onwards.

Prizes were distributed by BCL president and Alpha Fire Services director Frank Ryde, BCL vice-president Rehan Ashraf, and advisor and Awali Cricket Club president David Starkie in the presence of other BCL officials and fans.

Regular Premier League and Golden League matches will resume from this week. For sponsorship and other details, contact sports secretary Babar Hussain on 36005693.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Nov 3, 2011
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