Khalid Aryans showed yet again why are they are rated so high in Tral cricketing circles, fashioning a title glory in the finals of Shaheed Khalid Memorial Cricket Tournament played at Eidgah Cricket Ground Tral on Sunday.
Aryans looked a better side, beating United XI by 34 runs in what appeared a lopsided affair in the finals. The tournament was a great hit in Tral town and its adjoining areas, with big crowds turning up for the games over the last two months.
The tournament was organised by friends of Khalid Muzzafar Wani, who was killed last year allegedly by security forces. A total of 16 teams participated in the tournament.
The summit clash witnessed emotional scenes with Khalid's friends and relatives were all in attendance in the finals besides a big crowd.
Aryans were on the button from the word go. They had early hiccups after choosing to bat first but late order showed some common sense and skill level to help their side post a decent 116 in the allotted 15 overs. Asif, Jamshed, Sameer and Abbas were notable scorers. Danish was the pick of the bowlers for the United XI claiming three wickets.
Chasing the target, United XI never looked comfortable losing wickets in clusters.
There was a time when it looked they might be bowled out for an under-50 score but Danish slamed a quick 33. He was declared man of the match for his all-round brilliance despite ending on a losing side.
Jamshed, Abbas and Sameer and Sajad took a brace of wickets each. United XI's Faheem Gul was declared man of the series.
Aryans' skipper Maqbool Macha was a happy man and lauded the organisers for coming up with a tournament in the memory of Khalid.
"Khalid was like a younger brother and losing him was so painful. The tournament like this will lessen the pain a great deal. I am proud of my team to play so well in the finals," said Macha.
Khalid's father Muzaffar Wani was the chief guest. He thanked people for turning up in huge numbers and holding the tournament in his late son's name.
President Civil Society Tral Ishfaq Ahmad Kar was also part of the award ceremony. He lauded the organisers for their efforts and claimed they will leave no stone in shaping up the cricketing future of the area.
Secretary CST was also present despite various trade union leaders and present and former cricketers.
Mirza Gowhar, Mudasir Maqbool and Syed Mudasir were the officials for the tournament.