SJ Cricket Indoor Blast

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With last summer a distant memory, and the flowers yet to bud for the spring, one would be forgiven for thinking cricket was a while away.

However, SJ cricket is always at the fore and what better way to whet the appetite than an indoor cricket competition that not only brought together many of the established SJ fraternity, but dare we say more importantly, the youth of our cricket and the future.

Recently, our very own patron of SJ cricket lost his beloved father, Marhum Shiraz Gulamhusein. Marhum was a prominent member of Mombasa jamaat and very actively involved with Jaffery sports club and many of us will have fond memories of Marhum as we grew up in Mombasa. In light of his dad passing, SJ decided to honour Marhum by playing this tournament in his name and kept that spirit of cricket brotherhood alive.

Having opened up the invitation to all SJ members, we had 40 plus players registered from as young as 12 to the oldest at 70. 4 teams were created, namely Baraza Bashers, Vasi Vikings, Kermali Knight Riders and Tejani Titans.

The format was simple. 2 teams play each other in a semi-final with the winners meeting in the final and the losing semi-finalists playing off in a 3/4 playoff.

The first match saw the Tejani Titans taking on the Kermali Knight riders. In a match full of entertainment, the Kermali Knight Riders ran out comfortable winners, with the evergreen Fayyaz, combative as ever, producing a man of the match performance to steer his team. The highlight however was the dismissal of Fayyaz by his own brother, only for Fayyaz to return the favour.

In the next match, Baraza Bashers, whose manager Munti Chandoo was under threat, were under significant pressure from the youthful Vasi Vikings. In a last ditch effort to keep his job, Munti had managed some clever last minute manoeuvres to ensure his side was competitive. Whilst the game ebbed and flowed, ultimately Vasi Vikings didn’t score enough and an overall match winning contribution from MKB saw the Baraza team home. Munti Chandoo could breathe again. Ultimately however, this game was significant as it marked the debut of 12 year old, Ali-Jawad Fazel to Stanmore Jaffery cricket. He bowled a tidy over and scored 8 runs before being run out in what we hope will be a long career in SJ Cricket.

Lunch was an excellent choice with Poussin chips and wrap from Hubb, whilst the spirituality of Jamaat namaaz ensuring our community faith and bond remains ever tight.

The 3rd/4th play off between Vasi Vikings and Tejani Titans was played in good spirits with some excellent batting from Wasi Ali seeing the Titans home. A special mention to Anver Dhanji who competed hard and was a real honour for SJ cricket to have him so enthusiastic and competitive.

And so to the final. Munti holding on to his job, Fayyaz determined to add to his collection, and the reluctant Umpire Zaffar, who wanted to play, the sub plot was intense and the drama was equally so.

This game had many highlights. The competitive nature of our very own chair shone though as he ran out Komail Hashmani at the non-strikers end whilst running up to bowl. At that stage, Komail was in fine fettle and that wicket was important to stem the flow. MKB was his dependable self, economical to a tee but this game turned when Baraza dismissed Fayyaz. Their celebrations were jubilant and from what was a total that was under threat, ultimately remained strong and ensured Baraza were victorious. Whilst some good individual performances, the man of the match was Pepe with some excellent bowling and good finishing to lead Baraza to an ultimately winning score.

This tournament was, what we hope, the start of a successful season for SJ cricket. Our special thanks to the SJ HQ team under new leadership of Vasi for this wonderful tournament. Stanmore Jafferys would also like to thank all our volunteers who helped us make the tournament possible.

On a final note, no tournament is possible without our sponsors and donors. Your reward is only with Allah for the community spirit you bring. We would ask you all to remember Marhum Rajabali Asaria, Marhum Shiraz Gulamhusein and all our marhumeen with Sura Fateha.