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Kuwait Eagles win the Cup at the 2016 Phuket International Cricket Sixes

Kuwait Eagles were crowned as Cup winners of the 13th ACST Phuket International Cricket Sixes on a majestic day at the Alan Cooke Ground to round off another highly successful event.

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In a fitting final to match the previous matches throughout the four-day tournament, Mahmoud Abdullah’s brilliant all round side restricted Yarraleen Lions to 52-3 before reaching the total for the loss of 3 wickets, with 5 balls to spare to remain unbeaten at the ACG.

Eagles had earlier defeated Southern Stars of Victoria in the semi-final thanks to more superb batting from Murad Khan. Runners-up Lions had defeated previously unbeaten Warriors Qatar in their last four clash in probably the shock of the week thanks to a fine bowling display to take 5 Qatari wickets.

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The second division Bowl competition saw victory for debutants Cricket Club of Dibrugarh over Kuwait Hawks thanks to nerveless late over bowling. The side from Assam in India had progressed to the final following a semi-final win against CBB’s, while Hawks had deflated the challenge of Gauhati Town in dramatic circumstances.

 With one ball remaining the Indian side required 5 runs. The ball was bludgeoned to the fence, where a Hawks fielder soared high to stop the ball crossing the rope on the full to secure a victory in one of the best games many neutral spectators could remember.

Finals Day had begun with one outstanding game to complete from Round Two, which saw locally based side Aussie Zen defeat Discovery Bay Silverbackz. This set up the victors with a place in the Plate Final, where they were defeated by Phuket rivals, Madras Curry House thanks to an excellent knock from Diwan Mydeen.

The Shield was won by Discovery Bay who saw off the challenge of Katherine Bushrangers by 11 runs.

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Following play at the ACG the teams headed back to their sumptuous tournament hotel, the Arinara Bangtao Beach Resort for the Presentation Dinner and to continue making friendships through cricket by the pool, and to see who won the coveted Player of the Tournament and Spirit of Cricket Awards.

 ACST Chairman, Michael ‘Cat’ Maher summed up the tournament after play. “I am delighted to see so many players from across the world come together and put on a great exhibition of cricket that was played in brilliant spirit. I would like to thank the Phuket Cricket Group and Alan Cooke for their invaluable assistance with the event as well as all our wonderful sponsors and amazing volunteers and officials who have formed a formidable team to ensure that we had yet another tournament to be proud of. Here’s to 2017!”

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The ACST move to the south of Phuket next week to stage the 5th annual Kata International Cricket 7’s, from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd April.

 For further details, please contact Mr Maher at mmaher.padmir@bigpond.com or by telephone on +61 407 385 481.

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