The Balaji Group of Companies (BGC) brushed aside competition from BEL AQUA to emerge winners of the 2015 DIWALI Cup at the Achimota Cricket Oval on Sunday.
Balaji fought off stiff competition from BEL AQUA, who made 141 runs for 3 wickets in 20 overs after batting first, but BGC, surprisingly, made 142 runs for 1 in 15.4 overs to win by 9 wickets.
The BGC defended the title they won last year and Amoluk Sehmbi, who led the team to victory, admitted their opponents were tough.
Khubthanbani Nitin of BEL AQUA was adjudged man of the match after an outstanding performance in batting. His efficiency and techniques ensured that he won four of the matches played.
The six weeks competition, which started with 7 teams, saw very competitive semi-finals matches, where EVEREST lost to BGC with BEL AQUA defeating SUPERMAX to march on to the finals. .
The Vice President of the Ghana Cricket Association (GCA), Kwame Asare expressed gratitude to the Indian community for their support and ensuring that the game improves and hoped that more teams would join next year.
“The GCA wishes to acknowledge that this tournament had been improving from year to year. We wish to place on record that Ghana Cricket had always been very vibrant with participation and support from the Indian community since its inception.”
For those of you who couldn’t win I wish you better luck next time, but at the end, Cricket is the winner. We’re hoping that 2 or 3 more teams would join the other 7 next year to help grow the sport. Congratulations to BGC and to all of you.”
The Diwali cup is an annual event to foster unity among the Indian community in Ghana and has enormously contributed to the growth of Cricket in the country.
The tournament was sponsored by Binatone, BEL AQUA and BGC, with the best players in all the matches receiving prizes. GNA