Sunday’s round of group matches in the 2022 CCA #BAOGroup T20 Cup at Ypsonas saw a win for Qalandars in a closely contested Limassol derby and a vital win for Markhor which propelled them into the super-6 stage at the expense of Riyaan.
The focus now turns to the Cyprus national team, which sets off this week for a World T20 Cup qualifying event in Finland, following a number of training sessions at the Happy Valley ground to sharpen their skills.
Markhor CC came through a nail-biting finish to their Group A match against Limassol Moufflons to win by just two runs and keep their hopes alive in the 2022 CCA #BAOGroup T20 Cup.
Playing at the Ypsonas ground on Sunday, Markhor knew that only a win would give them any chance of reaching the next phase of the competition, and they set off with intent by rattling up an impressive 212-5 from their 20 overs.
Sunday’s matches in the 2022 CCA #BAOGroup T20 Cup went some way to clarifying the qualifying positions for the final stages, which will take place next month.
The top two teams in each of the three groups will progress to a Super-6’round to determine the champions.
The top positions in Groups B and C are now settled, with Punjab Lions, Cyprus Moufflons, Sri Lanka Lions and Napa KIngs filling first and second places.
On Friday the annual junior schools cricket tournament was played at Heritage School, Limassol. This event, organised by Cyprus Cricket Association, did not take place in the previous two years due to coronavirus restrictions, so it was good to see thirteen teams of children – 7 teams of boys, 6 of girls – enjoying the chance to play competitive games against other schools, and there were some notable individual performances by players of both sexes.
It seems that 150 is a good 20-over score at the Happy Valley ground. In the latest round of matches there in the 2022 CCA #BAOGroup T20 Cup, the team batting first scored between 150 and 160 and then successfully defended the score to win relatively comfortably.
The weekend’s cricket in the 2022 CCA #BAOGroup T20 Cup featured a 16-ball half century by a number 9 batsman, a century reached with three consecutive sixes, and
a generally tough time for the bowlers under the hot sun.
Shakhawat Rasel of Nicosia Tigers was the outstanding performer in the 2022 CCA BAOFinancial T20 Cup.
His unbeaten 113 helped his team chase down the stiff target of 205 set by Kings XI Punjab at the Ypsonas cricket ground.
The standout game in the 2022 CCA BAOFinancial T20 Cup on Sunday was the clash between reigning champions Punjab Lions and the team most likely to challenge them in group C of the competition, Sri Lankans of Nicosia.