SWA Holds All-Parsees Cricket League

The Salsette Welfare Association (SWA) conducted its inaugural SWA All Parsees Cricket League at the Salsette grounds on 7th – 8th January, 2023.

Receiving a huge registration response for the cricket league, the organisers had to add two more owner-backed teams, taking the total to ten teams. An auction was held last month, where new players came to the fore, to participate in the new format, even as the teams practiced hard to win the tourney. An exciting contest was also launched by the organisers to predict the top 3 teams of the competition.

The 10 teams – Ball Busters (owner: Parvez Sidhwa), Bawa Bangerz (owner: Homiar Kadodwala), Buzzingaa (owner: Siamak Thanawala), Epic Blasters (owners: Dick Mody, Jamshed Udwadia), Kha Pa Cha (owner: Zubin Elavia), Kung Fu Eenda (owner: Fravak Bharucha), Pink Panthers (owner: Viraf Mehta), Team Tiger (owner: Homi Bhagwagar), Trojans (owner: Zubin Irani) and Untouchables (owner: Farhad Dick) – were divided into 2 groups.

20 league matches were conducted with unique rules like a buddy batsman, which added to the excitement for the players and viewers. An opening ceremony with the teams dancing to their theme songs, clad in team jerseys made it a fine spectacle. As a first, the scoring was done through an App, which made it very convenient for all to view their individual and team scores, plus view the analysis like leader board, points table etc. in real time. The knockouts were played on the lines of the IPL – Qualifier 1 & 2 (which witnessed a Super Over) and Eliminator followed by the grand finale.

Finally, Team Kung Fu Eenda were declared winners with Teams: ‘Kha Pa Cha’ and ‘Untouchables’ in second and third place, respectively. While Rushad Parbhoo (Team Kha Pa Cha) was adjudged ‘Best Batsman’, Arzan Bhagwagar (Team Kung Fu Eenda) won ‘Best Bowler’ and ‘Player of the Tournament’, Shareez Sidhwa (Team Untouchables) won ‘Best Fielder’, and Yohanne Irani (Team Kung Fu Eenda) was declared ‘Contest Winner’.

Team SWA thanks the Salsette Parsee Association (SPA), the team owners, sponsors, volunteers and well-wishers for their support.

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