Finals of Al Turki T20 Cricket tournament organized by Eastern Province Cricket Association (EPCA) which is affiliated to Saudi Cricket Center (SCC) is played between two best teams of eastern region Eastern Arabia and KLV Al Khodari Khan 11 CC
Saudi Cricket Centre is the official governing body of the sport of cricket in Saudi Arabia. SCC is Saudi Arabia's representative at the International Cricket Council and is an affiliate member and has been a member of that body since 2003. It is also a member of the Asian Cricket Council
Saudi Arabia became 39th Associate Member of International Cricket Council in June 2016.EPCA organizes many tournament professionally every year under SCC and make the way for the talented cricketers to move forward in their cricket career through a selection process and all the support required
In the finals winning the toss skipper of EA Mr Imran opted to bat first. Mr Surjit Lally and Mr Niaz Ahmed Opened the innings. KLV Khodari Khan 11 was on the top claiming 3 quick wickets for just 28 runs. Then Captain Mr Imran and Mr Shijil Ahmed were at the crease and they started to build the innings slowly and made a strong match winning partnership of 90 runs which was broken in the 13th over. Captain Mr Imran got out on 39 (25 balls). After dismissal of Mr Shijil, Mr Afwan stepped in and rotated the strike running quick between wickets.
KLV Khodari Khan 11 had to stop the run flow. Mr Ali Rizwan took in-charge to ball against the wind to control the run flow and got the valuable wicket of Mr Afwan Karkala. Next in was the In-form batsman Mr Naushäð who played the cameo to score firing 32 (16balls) and stayed unbeaten. Eastern Arabia CC gave a target of 192 runs for KLV Khodari Khan 11
Eastern Arabia filled with spinner and having just one fast bowler. Mr Ashraf Mukka the power-play power-pack bowler was introduced to ball the very first over. Spinner gave the 1st break through getting the wicket of Mr Murad. The leggy just went sliding through the strong defense of Mr Murad thrashing into the stumps. Then reliable Mr Nadeem stepped In
Mr Nadeem and Mr Safdar started to build the innings for KLV Khodari Khan 11 .But Mr Safdar fell for Mr Surjith who was caught in boundary by Mr Muzahir
KLV Khodari Khan 11 tried their best to cover up the run rate but EA bowlers never let it to happen and kept taking wickets at regular intervals. KLV Khodari Khans-11 required 47 runs in the last two over and crucial 19th over was bowled by Mr Shijil who bowled superbly and conceded 10 runs. KLV Khodari Khan 11 requiring 37 runs in the last over which was tough but not impossible. EA knew Match is not over until the final delivery.
Captain Mr Imran bowled the last over and completed the formality. In the end KLV Khodari Khan 11 lost the match by 18 runs and both team kept the spirit of the game till the end
MOM – Mr Shijil for his valuable 61 runs and took 1 wicket 24 runs in his 4 over
Eastern Arabia Owner and Captain Mr Imran thanked EPCA for giving them this platform to play and show their talent and made dream their come true. He also extended their heartfelt gratitude to all the umpires for the efforts and all Sponsors and Supporters
Eastern Arabia emerge champions of Al Turki EPCA T20 cricket tourney