A historic day for Moufflons Ladies
On Sunday, November 22 – Moufflons ladies participated in a ladies cricket festival held at Kyrenia. The other participants were Sri Lankan Nicosia Ladies and North Cyprus Ladies.
In the first game, Moufflons batted first and scored an impressive 134 runs which included generous contribution of extras from the opposing North Cyprus ladies. In reply, the North Cyprus ladies could only manage 106 runs and consequently Moufflons ladies registered first win in their debut game.
The second game between Sri Lankan Nicosia ladies and North Cyprus ladies was again a one sided affair, as Sri Lankan ladies gave a cricketing lesson to the North Cyprus ladies with a convincing 33 runs win. Sri Lankan ladies batted first and posted a daunting total of 122 runs. However, the North Cyprus ladies fell well short of the target as they could only muster 89 runs in reply.
In the final game of the competition, Moufflons ladies knew that they have to play their best game and apply the techniques learned over the last 8 weeks under the tutelage of experienced Richard Cox (Level 4 cricket coach), Chris Wood, Muhammad Husain, and Andrew Mulkern (All Level 2 Coaches).
The Moufflons ladies after winning the toss, decided to bat first and countered the opposition bowling with serene calmness and such steadfastness that would make any coach proud, let alone Andrew Mulkern. The final score of 121 runs without any loss looked challenging but not beyond the approach of the Sri Lankan ladies.
Led by the energetic Garima Aggarwal, the Moufflons ladies put together a stirring performance in the field. A disciplined bowling performance meant only 5 extra runs (3 wides and 2 no balls) were conceded in the entire innings. The towering presence of close-in fielders Puja Negi and Kirstin van der Laan starved the batters of quick singles. The resulting rash shots were grabbed gleefully by the fielders and the Moufflons suffocated the Sri Lankan ladies in to collapsing.
Some amazing fielding by Ama van Bussel and solid work behind the stumps by Charlotte Scargill kept the Sri Lankan ladies always behind the required run rate. The final act was performed by Masooma Husain, who accounted for two wickets in the last over to help Moufflons Ladies record a 18 runs win over the Sri Lankan ladies.
A well deserving win for the Moufflons ladies who received strong support from the large contingent of travelling fans. Perhaps, the celebratory noises were so loud they could be heard from Limassol.