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MENAFN - Arab News - 07/02/2014
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(MENAFN -Arab News) Makarim Riyadh beat Ritz Carlton by 28 runs in the final at the weekend to clinch the 15th Annual Riyadh Inter-Hotels Cricket Tournament 2014 at the Sheraton Riyadh Hotels & Towers ground here.Makarim captain Saleem Khan won the toss and his team elected to bat first. It compiled 174 for the loss of 9 wickets in 16 overs. Karim top-scored with 45 (5 x 6, 2 x 4) while Kamran Ashgar had 30 (3 x 6, 2 x 4) not out.Ritz Carlton playing under Riyaz Ansari could only score 146 for the loss of 8 wickets in 16 overs. Mohammed Shajeer and Riyaz Ansari led the team with 23 runs each and the rest contributed no significant numbers. Earlier in the semifinals, Makarim beat Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers, while Ritz Carlton downed Courtyard Marriott. Sheraton Riyadh beat Courtyard Marriott for the second runner-up position.The tournament was organized for the benefit of the children of UNICEF and was hosted by Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers through GM Paul C. Dunphy. The GMs of the participating hotels supported the event.The awarding ceremony followed the final match. The champion, first runner-up and second runner-up were given trophies while individuals were awarded trophies and gifts for their performance. Kamran Ashgar (15 wickets) of Makarim was adjudged the Best Bowler. Ritz Carlton Mohammed Hapiz, claimed multiple awards for Best Batsman, Most Fours and Man of the Series (MVP), Ruwan of Makarim hit the Most Sixes, Syed Ali Murtaza of Sheraton Riyadh bagged the Most Catches, while Kamran Ashgar of Makarim was named Man of the Final.The final was played in the presence of Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers Manager Reservation & Room Revenue Abdulrashid Abdulaziz who presented the awards to the winners.The Sheraton Cricket Committee with Adeel Afzal, Syed Furqan Gillani, Nawaz Akhter, Aqeel Afzal, Ishfaq Awan, thanked all participating teams. The committee specially mentioned Saleem Khan of Makarim Riyadh and the independent professional officiating umpires of Rameez Akhtar and Zahid Mehmood. The tournament was held under the guidance of Carlos D. Ollero, chairman of the Riyadh Inter-Hotels Sports Committee.


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