The University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) cricket team emerged victorious in the finals of the inaugural T-20 Tri-Series, which was held on 25 November 2018. Organised by UNM, Multimedia University and Inti University were the two other participating teams in the tri-series. The tournament spanned across two days (17 and 18 November) before the finals on 25 November.
The format of the tournament required the teams to play against one another once in the league stage. Each win conceded the winning team two points. By the end of the league stage, the two teams with highest points played the finals. The first match was played between UNM and Multimedia University. Batting first, Multimedia University scored 103 runs for the loss of all wickets in 20 overs. In reply, UNM chased the target in just 12 overs. The star performers with the ball were Utkarsh Gupta, a student from Bachelors of Economics and Saleh Shadman, who is a PhD student in Engineering who picked up three wickets each between them. Phahmee Ahanaf Khalid made the chase look easy by scoring 49 runs off 34 balls.
The second match was between Inti University and Multimedia University. Batting first, Inti posted a target of 192 runs which Multimedia University was unable to chase and lost by 22 runs. The star of the match was Hamza Abbas from Inti University, who scored 62 runs and led his team to victory. The third and final league match was between UNM and Inti. However, both the teams had qualified for the finals even before the match was played as Multimedia University had lost both their league games against UNM and Inti respectively. Considering finals was ensured, UNM decided to play all their remaining players in this match as they saw it as an excellent opportunity to test their bench strength. Batting first Inti scored 116 runs in 20 overs. In reply UNM was all out on 106, facing a 10 runs loss.
On the day of the finals, batting first Inti scored 119 runs in their quota of 20 overs. Considering the strong batting performance from UNM batsman in the league stage, the score of 119 seemed below par. A formidable batting performance from Waris Khan of UNM ensured a comfortable victory in 12 overs with a loss of just one wicket. Waris made 90 unbeatable runs in the finals to win the award of the Best Batsman of the tournament. Rahul Reddy of UNM was awarded the Best Bowler of the tournament with six wickets under his belt. Captain of UNM cricket team, Saleh Shadman who performed brilliantly with the ball by picking up six wickets, believed ‘the team played as a unit, and each member of the team stepped up to contribute when required. The tournament was a great learning experience for the boys.’ He awarded the tournament victory to the entire team.
The Tri-Series tournament was an effort to further promote the game of cricket at UNM, and provide the players with the necessary exposure they required to perform at a competitive stage. The tournament win was the first of the year for the UNM cricket team.
(Article image caption: Team Nottingham poses with the winning trophy)
(Thumbnail image caption: Finalist of Tri-Series 2018)
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Posted on 4th December 2018