The 6-A-Side cricket tournament is an annual event that the International Student Union of WSU organize for the awesome SHOCKERS!
The tournament will go on for 2 days. The first day we will be having the group matches and a few of the quarter finals. The second day will consist of the semi-finals, finals and prize giving. We will also be having a cricket match for all other students who don’t know what cricket is.
PRIZES: T-shirts for all students who get into the final 4 of the tournament. Trophies for the Champions and Runners-up. Cash prizes for the man of the tournament.
NOTE: The first 12 teams that enter themselves in will be able to play in the tournament.
There is an age old cricketing cliché that goes a little bit like this; “at the end of the day, it was cricket that had the final say”, and as reluctant as we at ISU are to use it, this tournament was the epitome of that saying.
Braving inclement weather and near freezing weather conditions, 12 teams brought all the twists and turns that a good cricket tournament must consist of. Providing nail-biting finishes from the group stages all the way to the final, the teams pulled out all the stops to provide the crowd with two days of non-stop action.
Saturday the 27th was the start of the tournament, and despite the temperature reading 2 degrees Celsius, the teams still showed up bright and early at 9am. Since that cold start however, it was a never-ending display of courage and tenacity by the teams, as they fought tooth and nail to qualify to the quarter final rounds.
An all-round display from the Sri Lanka Alumni, Aryans, Cornered Tigers, Sri Lanka Lions, Sri Lanka ‘A’, Bleed Blues, and Bangladesh Tigers saw those teams qualify to the quarter-final rounds. Special mention must be made of the Bleed Blues as they came in as the dark horse of the tournament, but through sheer grit and determination, overcame the odds to make it through to the next round.
The quarter-final stage took place the following morning, Sunday the 28th of October, at 11:30am. Despite the chilly weather, the teams had geared up for the final leg of the competition, and this showed in the way they played the next round of matches. The Cornered Tigers overcame the powerful batting line-up of the Bangladesh Tigers with some marvelous bowling and fielding, whilst a clinical performance by the Aryans saw them go through to the Semi-Final round. The Bleed Blues caused another upset as they defended a below-par score against tournament favorites “Sri Lanka Lions” with superb fielding and tight bowling. An explosive batting performance by opener Tharindu from Sri Lanka ‘A’ overcame an equally good performance by Sri Lanka Alumni.
The stage was set for two absolute nail-biters, as the under-dogs, Bleed Blues, took on the Aryans. However, the Aryans turned in another sublime performance with both and bat and ball, and made sure that they defended their score to see the Bleed Blues out of the tournament. The second Semi-Final was even more exciting, as the match was between last years finalists: the Cornered Tigers and Sri Lanka ‘A’. The atmosphere was absolutely electric, with both teams having a good crowd cheering them on. A great performance on the field by the Cornered Tigers, who put the Sri Lankan ‘A’ team into bat first, saw them restrict Sri Lanka ‘A’ to a challenging score. However, a spirited batting effort saw the Cornered Tigers overcome last years champions, and thus qualify to the finals.
The Grande-Finale was set between two equally matched teams; the Aryans from India, and the Cornered Tigers from Pakistan. A confident batting effort from the Aryans saw them post a competitive score of 49 at the end of their 5 overs, leaving the Cornered Tigers 50 to win off their allotted 5 overs. However, tight fielding and a brilliant bowling performance by Rajesh swung the game in the favor of the Aryans. Rajesh ended the match with figures of 3 wickets for 3 runs, and also registered the first hat-trick in the tournament’s history. The Aryans defeated the Cornered Tigers by a margin of 20 runs and thus became the Champions of the 4th ISU 6-a-Side Cricket Tournament.
Rajesh was adjudged both the Man-of-the-Match and the Man-of-the-Tournament as he bagged a total of 5 wickets and assisted with both the bat and the ball.
ISU extends its warm wishes and congratulations to both the winning team and to all the other teams who participated in the tournament and made it such a monumental success.
Dates of play - Saturday, October 1st and 2nd, 2011
Number of teams participating - 16
Champions - Sri Lanka 'A'
Runners Up - Cornered Togers
Dates of play - Saturday, April 16th and 23rd, 2011
Number of teams participating - 12
Champions - Sri Lanka 'A'
Runners Up - Pakistan Leopards
The gloomy Saturday weather couldn't dampen the spirit of cricket. The International Student Union Cricket Tournament 2011 was held throughout the day, with a set of exciting matches. In the end, defending champions Sri Lanka A, took home the glory.
Nirosh Fernando said his friends would play cricket in the Wichita State parking lots, but security would ask them to stop the game.
“ It was sad that we had to drive so far to play cricket, I always wished that the university would have its own cricket pitch," he said.
Fernando's wish came true as he bowled for his team, Sri Lanka A on university grounds. This year, Heskett center spent $1,000 to buy a makeshift pitch. For the very first time, a cricket tournament was held on campus.
The tournament was held for two days. Last week, preliminary round matches were played. On Saturday, the quarter- finals, semi finals and the final match took place.
The final match was played between Sri Lanka A and Pakistani Leopards.
Pakistani Leopards batted first. In the five-over match they set a target of 41 runs.
Sri Lanka A, the defending champion had to score 42 runs in five overs to defend the title.
Superb batting by skipper Rushan Abayagunawardena led the Sri Lankan team to their target, with three balls to spare. He scored two sixes.
One of which landed near a cop car, outside the stadium.
“I am very happy. We played as a team and practiced. It feels great, to win two times in a row," he said.
“Cricket is a big part of my life," said one Ashan Amaranayake, Vice- President of ISU and one of the organizers of the event.
“And it is a big thing for many students here. So to be able to organize this event, feels great," he said.
Throughout the day, many came and showed their support for the sport.
Pakistani supporters painted green and white stripes on their cheeks. There were Sri Lankan supporters wrapped up in the national flag.
Tharindu Jayaratne, another active member of the organizing committee said they were impressed by the turnout this year.
“ This is the first time that a match is being held at WSU. So we had a lot of support from players and spectators," he said.
A total of 12 teams participated. five of which were Sri Lankan, four Indians, 2 Pakistani and one Bangladeshi. Last year it was only six teams.
Zubair Imtiaz, from the Pakistani Leopards team said although his team lost, he enjoyed playing cricket. Imtiaz was the highest run scorer from his team with 14 runs.
ISU cricket tournaments have been held on and off. Jayaratne said they would work to make this an annual event with a rotational trophy.
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
Leopards India Sri Lanka 'B' Sri Lanka 'A'
Lions Sri Lanka 'D' Maratha Warriors(MW) BSA
CompMech Pakistan Alumni Original Blues
Dates of play - Saturday 7th August, 2010
Number of teams participating - 12
Champions - Sri Lanka 'A'
Runners Up - Pakistan Panthers
In a nail-biting finish, Sri Lanka A won the first ISU Cricket Tournament Trophy against Pakistani Panthers in the last ball of the last over bowled on Saturday, August 7, 2010. Batting first, the Pakistani Panthers build a mammoth score of 75 runs in just five overs (each over consists of six balls). Sri Lanka A woes began early when their first batsman Supun got out on a duck (zero). However, Captain Rushan, and star players Subodha and Tharindu, brought the score to 70 by the 4th over. But the most successful Pakistani bowler Ali, restricted the Sri Lankans to just three runs and two wickets in five balls. They (the Pakistani Panthers) had the trophy, but for the last misfield that enabled the Sri Lankan A to score that extra run to win the match and the coveted trophy.
Earlier in the day, ISU for the first time had a diverse cricket team consisting of the former President (Dr.) V. Aravinthan, current President, Timur Madaminov, advisor Dr. Alan Dsouza and a few visitors. Although ISU lost the game against Sri Lanka C, they still showed a fighting spirit in scoring 30 runs with two wickets to spare.
Six teams, two from Pakistan: Pakistani Panthers and Pakistan Leopards, three from Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka A, B, and C, and ISU participated in the first ISU cricket tournament. The funding for the event came from International Education office, and the event was organized under the leadership of Ashan Amaranayake (VP, ISU) and Merl Chrishanthas, ISU Director of Outreach. About fifty players and spectators witnessed this day-long event held at the Plane View cricket field in SE Wichita.
ISU hopes to make this an annual event, and would like to have your active participation. So get you gloves and pads on, and be there for the next tournament.
International Student Union