By Avtar Singh | MALAYSIA |
The annual prestigious Lall Singh Cricket Trophy 2018 between the North Sikhs and South Sikhs took place on 17 Nov 2018 at the Club Aman cricket oval in Kuala Lumpur.
This tournament, first played in 1981, honours the achievements of the Malaysian cricket legend Lall Singh.
Lall Singh was the first Malayan then to play for Malaya in the team that included all European and Australian players. He was the first Sikh to play test cricket for India in the country’s inaugural Test at Lord’s in 1932.
This year’s tournament was jointly organised by Johor Sikh Sports, SSU Kelab Aman and the Sikh Cricketers.
South Sikhs won the toss and put the North Sikhs to bat first. South Sikhs bowlers started with a very discipline bowling attack that saw maiden overs in the first two overs.
Gradually the North Sikh batsman pick up their momentum which saw Shaunvinder Singh (79 runs) and Roshan Singh (15 runs) taking on the Southerner’s bowlers playing some big shots.
In the closing overs saw Roshvinder Singh from North contributing valuable quick 20 runs, which resulted North Sikhs final score in the allotted 35 overs to a final total of 156 runs.
North Sikhs blowers started very well with the duo of Roshan Singh and Sachdev Singh who picked two early wicket. When it was thought that the North Sikhs was heading for victory the South Sikh pair of in-form Virandeep Singh and ably supported by Kerpal Singh steadied the innings.
Virandeep Singh excellent batting which earned him 91 run not out and the cool headed Kerpal Singh 27 runs not out.
This tournament saw the South Sikhs beating the North Sikhs by eight wickets.
Johor Sikh Sports Club and Kelab Aman organised a gala dinner, which was attended by some dignitaries, players as well some guest.
Presentation of the trophies was done during the gala dinner and it was presented by Minister of Communication Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo, Johor Cricket Association president Harjit Singh and Kelab Aman vice president Dr. Balbir Singh Gill.
Virandeep Singh was adjudged as the man of the match, Shaunvinder Singh as the best batsman and Amardeep Singh as the best bowler.
It was encouraging to see many young Sikhs taking up the game. This will ensure this trophy will be played for many years to come.
Besides, it was also nice to see how the players, former players and cricket lovers building their comradeship, fellowship and exchanging notes.
(Asia Samachar, 28 June 2018)