Karachi(Cliff News)Kamran Public School emerged champions in the 9th PVCA-EBM Inter-School Cricket Tournament 2018 as they overpowered Al Fatima Academy by 33 runs in a low-scoring final here at the National Stadium on Sunday.Batting first, after winning the toss, Kamran Public School was bowled out for 156 in 37.2 overs. Al Fatima Academy, chasing a target of 157 in 40 overs, found themselves bundled out for 123 in 35.1 overs. Kamran Public School’s Muhammad Ovais was adjudged Man of the Match for his fine all-round performance.The tournament was organized by the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA) and sponsored by English Biscuit Manufacturers (Pvt.) Ltd. As expected, the final was turned out to a fiercely fought contest between two evenly matched sides. Al Fatima Academy had to pay the price of sending down as many as 28 wides which proved the decisive factor in the end.Kamran Public School struggled with the bat after losing the prized scalp of skipper Syed Muhammad Hasan Jafri who could made only 10 off 23 balls. From 41 for one they slumped to 81 for seven as Adeel Meo mesmerized their batsmen in his eight-over spell, finishing with the impressive figures of five for 28. Muhammad Ovais, who came into bat at number nine, brought his team back in the game with his solid knock of 35, coming from 67 deliveries which lifted the total to 156 as the last two wickets added 50 crucial runs. The target of 157 looked within the reach of Al Fatima Academy but they also lost their way after the loss of their captain Abdullah Zareen, who had struck five fours in his breezy 20 off only 12 balls. Kamran Public School’s spinners sustained the pressure by picking up wickets at regular intervals with Muhammad Saim (2-6), Rashid Ghani (2-18), Uzair Akbar (2-21) and Muhammad Ovais (2-26) rising to the occasion. Al Fatima Academy fell 34 runs short of their target which was exactly the same number which they had conceded as extras.
At the conclusion of the match Prize Distribution Cermony was held which was attended among others by Fawad Ijaz Khan Chairman PVCA, Nadeem Omar President KCCA, Shahzain Munir Director EBM, Alamgir Ahmed and Amjad Islam. Syed Ali Haider Zaidi Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs was the Chief Guest.Mr. Fawad Ijaz Khan announced that top 20 performers of this Inter School Tournament would be given coaching by KCCA for one year and Mr. Nadeem Omar also announced that he will select some players out of these 20 School Boys for his Quetta Gladiators Team. Mr. Shahzain Munir promised to support in future such Inter School Tournaments. Mr. Ali Haider Zaidi appreciated the efforts of PVCA for promoting cricket at grass root level.Syed Muhammad Hassan Jafri of Kamran Public School received the Winners Trophy and cheque for Rs. 50,000, Abdullah Zareen of Al Fatima Academy received the Runners up Trophy and cheque for Rs. 25,000. Muhammad Owais was declared Man of the Final Match, Ahsan Hussain Best Batsman, Sher Hameed Best Bowler, Naveed Ahmed Best Fielder and Saad Baig Best Wicket Keeper.