The highly anticipated 4th edition of the Community Cup is around the corner! Over the following few weeks, we will be revealing information around the tournament. Today, we are announcing the sponsors of the tournament!
Gold Sponsor: Mobyn
Kit Sponsors Conveno Medics Pharmacy Holbud Jazz Print Solutions Academic Coaching Who Is Hussain Spiritual Journeys Kijana Kwanza Westkin Associates The Valesco Group Re-Ignite Eye Care Clinic Saymur Accountants YourWay
To honour the previous Cup and Plate Champions, we have made a special addition to the kits of Medics Pharmacy and Westkin Associates, let us know if you can spot the change!
The trophies have been donated on behalf of the following marhumeen:
Golden Boot In The Memory of Shaukatali Rajvani and Rajvani & Parpia Families
Golden Glove In Memory of Munira Kanani
Under 21 Player of the Tournament In The Memory of Farishta Family
Over 40 Player of the Tournament In The Memory of Amirali JC Jaffer and Kassam Amirali Jaffer
Player of the Tournament In Memory of Jetha and Meghjee Families
Fair Play Award In The Memory of the Govani Family
Water/Niyaz In The Memory of Aarif Abdulla, Zeeshanali Gulamhussein & Hassan MT Kanji
In The Memory of the Kassamali, Gulamhussein, Panju and Moledina family
Stay tuned for next week when we will reveal the teams!
The bars have been raised. Planning in advance stages. Yes, SJ Seniors, seventy of them, are off to Portsmouth on Saturday 17th June. At the invite & request of the Wessex Jamaat, we’ve organised a day full of activities at the Al-Mahdi Centre.
Madressa angels performing, interviews, quiz & charade competition, lunch and much more. The morning is planned for a visit to the beach sight, Lee on the ON Solent for the sea breeze and of course, ice cream!
Photos of the outing, Inshallah, will be posted after the trip.
Cricket fever is well and truly upon us with the IPL having been recently concluded, the WTC Final currently taking place and ofcourse the much-awaited Ashes Series beginning next week.
All of the above take a back seat this weekend as Stanmore Jafferys Cricket season well and truly takes off with a bang with the 3rd Edition of the Cricket Bonanza taking place at Kenton Cricket Club from 10am on Sunday 11th June.
Similar to last year, we have 4 Teams participating:
On Sunday 11th June SJ Cricket held the 3rd Edition of its Annual Cricket Bonanza.
Featuring teams from Stanmore, Leicester, and Birmingham the pressure was on with Unity Games preparation in full swing and the selectors present keeping a keen eye on the players with only Fourteen positions available on the flight to Dubai.
With the weather set fair, everything was in place for a great day of cricket.
The players didn’t disappoint.
The format for the day was ‘Two Semi-Finals’ with the winners meeting in the finals, and a 3rd/4th place playoff for the teams that lost the Semi-Finals.
SJ Warriors led by Mohamed Vasi Sheikh took on a Leicester team with revenge on their mind from previous years losses, whilst SJ Knights led by Asad Abdullah (Ozzie) took on Birmingham that boasted some SJ legends in the Okera brothers and Sarfaraz Bandali. One of SJ’s up and coming stars also featured for Birmingham – our very own Ammaar-Ali Bandali.
Warriors batted first with prodigy Salman Mukhtar leading the charge posting 160 off their allotted 20 overs. The Leicester bowlers keeping the run scoring in check on a flat track with small boundaries.
Warriors had their work cut out to defend this par total. The opening bowlers did a fine job keeping the scoring rate at 6 an over forcing the Leicester batsmen to take undue risk. This was perfect for impact substitute: Zaffer Mukhtar who came on for his spell and bagged 3 wickets in the blink of an eye. Some in the crowd made the astute observation that this was the highlight of Zaffer’s cricketing career.
Leicester folded after this to grant Warriors a comfortable win and book their place in the showpiece final.
In the second semi-final, Birmingham with Ammaar-Ali Bandali at the forefront posted a daunting 175 off their 20 overs.
This seemed a formidable, almost unassailable total after the early run out of dashing batsman Salman Kassamali. However, Asad Bhojani, had a different idea, steadied the ship and accumulated runs at a good rate to keep SJ Knights in the game.
Birmingham’s indiscipline with the ball helped no end in this thriller. With 3 overs to go, SJ needed 40 to win. Captain Ozzie at the crease, this was his moment. He clubbed the usually economical Akram Okera for 10 runs in 2 balls and SJ Knights suddenly became favourites.
More extras and a few boundaries later SJ needed only 8 runs off the last over. Ozzie did what Ozzie does and guided his team to an unlikely upset of a win against the strong Birmingham team. A captains innings for sure and one that will go down in SJ Folklore.
A keen debate ensued between the supporters and players during the luncheon interval, was Ozzie or Zaffer the MVP of the semi-finals, suffice to say Zaffer swayed the crowd with his opinion!!
SJ Warriors won the toss and elected to bat. Salman Mukhtar with his usual opening partner Imran Gulamhussein ensured a rapid start to the innings. A Top edge caught superbly by Asad at mid-on saw off Imran.
Syed Amir Raza walked in with a big reputation to fulfil. A crucial drop by the Warriors fielder ended up being very costly off the bat of Salman. Salman and Syed Amir displayed some fearful batting prowess sending the crowd, tennis players and residents diving for cover. Both posting incredible centuries and retiring out allowing Warriors to post an incredible 283 off 20 overs. SJ Knights faced a daunting task and tried in true SJ spirit went down fighting and swinging. A valiant 50 by Salman Kassamali the highlight as Knights fell well short.
Warriors unearthed a real gem in Ammar Karrawali who bowled a magnificent spell almost taking a hat-trick and ending up with 3 wickets in a final – some wonderful experience for the youth player who we are sure will go onto represent SJ in the future and be a force to reckon with.
3rd/4th Place Playoff:
Leicester scored a massive 261 which Birmingham, despite Ammaar-Ali Bandali’s second 50 of the tournament was not enough.
The day ended with cricket the winner as the main performers were awarded prizes with SJ Warriors picking up the Winners’ trophy.
1st Semi-Final: SJ Warriors vs. Leicester
MOTM:Hassan Naqvi (SJ Warriors) – 2 wickets in his opening and economical spell during the Powerplay.
2nd Semi-Final: SJ Knights vs. Birmingham Masoomin
MOTM:Ammaar-Ali Bandali (B’ham Masoomin) – Who scored 73 & bagged a wicket in his bowling spell.
3rd /4th Place Play-off: Birmingham Masoomin vs. Leicester
MOTM:Syed Adnan Bukhari (Leicester) – who retired on reaching his century.
Final: SJ Knights vs. SJ Warriors
MOTM:Salman Mukhtar (SJ Warriors) – who scored a swashbuckling century and retired out, a truly brilliant performance with plenty of power hitting and some excellent placement. A prodigy and a talent that will continue to shine Inshallah.
Syed Ali Abbas (Leicester) – Who bowled some excellent spells, which included bagging the prize wicket of Syed Amir Raza in the 1st Semi-Final. A 13-year-old prodigy who will surely go on to bigger and better things Inshallah.
Aamir Raza (SJ Warriors) – for his flawless and magnificent power hitting in scoring a 130 Not out in the pressure cooker of a final.
Aamar Karawalli (SJ Warriors) – who almost took a hatrick in the final, fittingly his hattrick ball came against his older brother, and the leg-stump was missed by a whisker with a brutal in-swinging delivery. He also bagged the prized wicket of Asad Bhojani (SJ Knights) in the final.
All in all, an excellent day of cricket made even more memorable by the performance of the youth players on show. Surely the future of cricket in this community is bright.
A shout out to our caterer (Murtaza uncle Khaki) for the excellent lunch and dinner which was available for all players and spectators.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly on the day to ensure a smooth running of the tournament as well as SJ’s Cricket Team for putting this show piece event together.
See you all next year at what will Inshallah be the 4th Annual Bonanza which promises to be bigger and better!
Thank you for signing up to the SJ Tennis Summer Box League! We have had a good number of sign ups and are hoping for a successful and fun tournament InshaAllah!
Below will be the groups that you have been allocated. Please note, intermediate groups were created based on shared location for ease of organising matches, but there may be a handful of individuals that are slightly beyond the area.
Below that, the rules are also posted to be followed when completing your matches. All matches should be played between Saturday 17th June and Sunday 10th September.
Advanced: – Hussein Abdulla – Hasnain Merali – Reza Ahmad – Samir Majidi – Mohamedhassan Merali
Intermediate A: – Abbasali Gulamhussein – Sadiq Merali – Maj Kassamali – Imran Khimji – Abbasali Hasnain Merali
Intermediate E: – Ammar Jetha – Maisam Datoo – Sami Merali – Abbas Rattansi – Haider Abas
Intermediate F: – Husayn MH Merali – Danyal Abbas – Mohammad Keikha – Alireza Jetha – Maisam Fazel – Shabbar Jaffer
– Play each player in your group once. – INTERMEDIATE: Matches are 2 sets, with a tiebreak to 7 (2 clear points) at 6-6. If 1-1 in sets, then championship tiebreak to 10 (2 clear points). – ADVANCED: Matches are 3 full sets (not best of 3), with a tiebreak to 7 (2 clear points) at 6-6.
– Winner gets 2 points in the box. – Player with the most points wins the box. – In the event of tied points, the winner of the box will be the winner of the head-to-head match between the 2 players.
– All matches must be played by Sunday 10th September. – If you have made reasonable attempts to contact an opponent without response please contact the tournament manager. – If you have been unable to organise a match with an opponent please contact the tournament manager (note: a forfeit may be determined if a player is making themselves unavailable for extended periods).
– Venue and time of matches is to be determined between the 2 players.
– We request that all players should maintain Islamic akhlāq and conduct when playing and throughout this tournament. – Unsportsmanlike conduct may result in a penalty at the discretion of the tournament manager.
We have received an invitation for the Unity Games 2023 which will Inshallah take place between 24th –29th of December in Dubai.
Please find below key information about the tournament as well as a link to register your interest. Please only register interest if you are intending to attend and would be in a position to book flights/pay fees once the selection process has been carried out.
24th – 29th Dec (inclusive)
Top Line Selection Process:
Any member wishing to represent Stanmore Jafferys at the games will need to be a current member of the club.
Members of SJ will NOT be permitted to represent other Clubs/Jamaats (as per our agreement with the UG organisers) unless having received written confirmation from SJ (which will be provided should a player not be selected). However we are in dialogue with the organisers to ensure we can accommodate all SJ members at the games.
As per the request of the Organisers, members are urged not to contact them directly, but direct any queries through their local sporting body (in this case Stanmore Jafferys) via SJUG23@jafferys.org
All members will be required to follow the selection processes of the individual sports in order to represent Stanmore Jafferys at the games (including trials, training sessions and so on). These will be clearly communicated
Deadline and Timelines will have to be followed.
As per the guidelines set out by the UG Organisers all participating players MUST belong to their Jamaat and be from the Shia Ithna-Asheri community.
All SJ members wishing to participate are requested to register their interest by clicking on the link on this email.
Deadline to register interest is Midnight on Wednesday 31st May 2023.
Sports Available – Gents:
Cricket (T20 Format)
Sports Available – Ladies:
Each participant can ONLY play in a maximum of TWO sports (applies to both Gents & Ladies)
SJ Internal Timelines:
Wednesday 31st May – Deadline to register interest to represent Stanmore Jafferys at UG2023.
Sunday 25th June – Provisional list of players selected to represent Stanmore Jafferys at the UG2023 will be released.
Sunday 9th July – All players selected need to provide Flight Details & or Entry Fee to be paid.
The deadlines set by the host are tight and stringent. We have therefore set out the registration process to enable us to meet these deadlines and allow members to book flights as early as possible to avoid price increases.
Gents participant with accommodation is US$350.
Ladies participant with accommodation is US$250.
Cycling and Golf with accommodation is US$800.
Please note that this DOES NOT include flights. However, it does include daily meals (breakfast at the hotel and food at the sporting venues) and transport to and from the venue for participants for the duration of the event.
Check in date: 24 December – 2pm
Check out date: 30 December – 12pm
For those who intend on coming with your families, separate arrangements can be made depending on individual requests. However, additional charges will apply.
Check in before 24th December and check out after 30th December will also incur additional charges.
For those who require visit visas, advanced notice is required alongside an additional charge of US$100 per person.
Intent to Participate Form:
If you are interested in participating at the Unity Games 2023, please fill out the below form BY 31st MAY so that we can revert to the host with a confirmation for intention to participate (subject to numbers completing the form)
Please carefully note all of the above information before completing the form
PLEASE NOTE THAT COMPLETION OF THE INTEREST REGISTRATION FORM DOES NOT GUARANTEE SELECTION
Please note that the level of registered interest will guide the number of team slots we will request from Dubai by the end of the month.
You must register your interest by the deadline to be eligible for selection.
Once we have collated information of all our members who are interested in participating, the Management Committee together with Sports Heads/Coordinators will establish a selection process based on numbers and will advise on the process and method of selection.
SJ Cricket are pleased to announce the return of their Cricket Bonanza. Set to take place on 11th June at Kenton Cricket Club, the bonanza provides a family fun filled day with our SJ boys taking the game to our brothers from Birmingham & Leicester.
SJ Running is delighted to welcome Ali Abbas Hirji as a new member of its core team. Ali Abbas has been a regular and active member of SJ Running over the past few years. Learn more about Ali Abbas’s journey with running below:
“My running journey started 7 years ago when I set myself a challenge to run a 10km having never run since school days. I have since gone on to run 7 half marathons and have tried to ensure that there are a few pencilled in the calendar. I find running has had a profound impact on my mental and physical health and this is evident when I have not run for a significant period of time.
Having started running by myself, I have seen significant benefit from running with others, SJ Running has helped me get back into running and make it a regular part of my life again. After having ‘lost’ the group on my first SJ run ( so much for not leaving anyone behind😊) I have been a regular participant for almost 2 years and have seen the amazing impact that it has had on many individuals and has grown from strength to strength. I am looking forward to being part of the core team and helping the group to reach new heights.”