Sharjah: Mangalore Strikers, won the coveted Uswas Trophy -2022, a 10-side MRE Tennis Ball Cricket tournament played at Skyline University Ground, Sharjah on Nov 27 2022. In a beautiful and sunny atmosphere, Uswas Trophy-2022 was organized by Uswas-Shirva, a group of Shirva Parishioners as part of their yearlong 20th Anniversary Year Celebration programs. An exciting game of final was played between Mangalore Strikers and Mangalore Lions for the coveted Uswas Trophy-2022 with a cash prize of Dhs. 3,333.00 sponsored by Blen and Lavisha Quadros, Abu Dhabi. Mangalore Strikers won the tournament defeating the Mangalore Lions team by 10 wickets in the finals.
Batting first Mangalore Lions scored 41 runs losing 5 wickets in their allotted 6 overs. Mangalore Strikers chased the target in 3 overs without losing any wickets courtesy of fine bowling by Ajay and batting by Ashok Mathias. Mangalore Lions was awarded the Uswas Runners-Up Trophy with a cash prize of Dhs. 2,222.00 Co-Sponsored by Herald D’Souza and Margaret Leena Soares (Abu Dhabi) and Leyton Shipping LLC.
Uswas-Shirva President Roshan Menezes had welcomed the participating teams and gathering in the morning. Uswas Trophy-2022 was unveiled by Uswas-Shirva’s designated members along with 2 participating teams Terminators and Mangalore Strikers. A total no. of 10 teams took part in the tournament. Semi-Final matches were played between Mangalore Strikers v/s Leyton Shipping Team AB Cricketers from Pool A and Mangalore Lions v/s DMC from Pool B. People witnessed some excellent and exciting cricket matches from all teams.
Sponsors and supporters of Uswas Trophy-2022 – Godwin, Laveena, Clovy Aranha, Lilly Lobo (Abu Dhabi), Anitha D’Souza, Peter Reshma D’Souza, Raphael Nancy Danthi, Nelson Saldanha presented the awards to the winning and runner up teams and individual awards. All the matches were presented with Man of the Match awards.
The following players won overall individual awards.
Man of the Series – Ashok Mervin Mathias from Mangalore Strikers
Man of the Match Finals – Ajay D’Souza from Mangalore Strikers
Best Batsman – Antony D’Souza from Leyton Shipping Team AB
Best Bowler – Ajay D’Souza from Mangalore Strikers
Best Fielder – Deepak D’Souza from DMC
Neutral Umpires for the tournament were Mithun, Abijith and Nabil. The entertaining running commentary was provided along with the precise scoring during each match. The entire tournament was ably organized by Uswas-Shirva committee members coordinated by Sandeep Saldanha.
Uswas Trophy 2022 was supported by Blen and Lavisha Quadros (Abu Dhabi), Herald D’Souza and Leena Margaret Soares (Abu Dhabi), Globelink West Star Shipping LLC, Lancy D’Souza of Leyton Shipping LLC, Walter Mathias of Ratsky Club Karama, Wilson Fernandes of Fernandes Group, Charles Irene Quadros, Benny George, Loveline D’Mello and Alert Real Estate Management LLC
Teams that Participated in Uswas Trophy 2022 were :
Pool A: Terminators, Mangalore Strikers, Leyton Shipping Team AB Cricketers, Team KY and Eagles Cricketers Abu Dhabi
Pool B: DMC, SMKV Stars, Arabian Strikers, Blenders CC and Mangalore Lions.
Snacks, water, soft drinks, fruits and juices were served to players and spectators throughout the event. Organizers Uswas-Shirva managed the entire day’s proceedings in the utmost professional way.