After a busy domestic season in the UAE, Dubai Mammoths will test themselves against English opposition when they travel to the UK for a week-long tour on Saturday.
Also known as Sindhi Club, Dubai Mammoths will play five matches consisting of 35 and 40 overs against local clubs in Liverpool.
The team, whose players are 40 and over, will be led by all-rounder Shiva Pagarani and can look forward to playing fixtures against Hinckley Cricket Club, Luton Indians Cricket Club, Wavertree Cricket Club, Liverpool Select XI and Leicester Seniors Cricket Club.
It will be the sixth consecutive year that Dubai Mammoths will be visiting England and Pagarani says they are looking forward to testing themselves against their peers in the UK.
“It will be a very good opportunity for us to play in England because it really is the home of cricket,” he said. “We will play on traditional English wickets which will be a great test and the weather is so nice over there.
“In Dubai we play one match and then you tend to get tired because of the hot weather. In England, that’s not the case as you can play three games in a row and your tiredness will only come in the third match. We will be kind of fresh and ready to go for every match.”
He added: “We know it will be a difficult tour because it definitely won’t be the same type of cricket that we’ll play in Dubai. There’s a lot of T20 cricket played in the UAE which is what we are used to but the 30 and 35-overs format will be a challenge. We get to learn to play a longer format where skill and patience will both be required. It is something that we are very excited about as it will develop our skills as a cricketer.”
The tour is organised in partnership with City Cricket Academy who have arranged the fixtures and venues.
“They are well connected in the cricket circuit around England and they have some good clubs who are above 40,” Pagarani stated.
“Every time we have gone there, we have played at very good venues and arrange fixtures against competitive teams which is very good for us.”
On their last visit, Mammoths got the chance to watch India and Pakistan in the Champions Trophy and Pagarani says there are plans to watch the arch-rivals again in next year’s World Cup.
“Every year the tour gets better and better because we want to enhance the tour as best as we can every time,” he said.
“Next year we are planning to go to Leicester and do the tour with the family so our wife and children can experience what this cricketing tour is as a whole.”
Mideast Metals trounced Dubai Mammoths and GEMS Education proved they were superior to Old School Boys with a three-wicket win in the semi-finals of the DCC Ramadan League.
Mideast Metals won the toss and invited Dubai Mammoths to bowl at The Sevens. Mohammed Farooq was quick to make Vinay Tolani (2) one of his four victims. But thereafter it was a struggle for Mideast as Sheridan Hadfield and Prashanth Braggs stitched a 53-run partnership.
Hadfield’s stay at the crease was brief but in those 12 balls, he struck two sixes and three boundaries for his 26. Jawed Siddique joined Prashanth but before they could settle down Farooq had Prashanth too joining Hadfield in the dressing room after the one-down batsman scored 32 from 28 balls which came off three sixes and a four.
Farooq made CTK Mashood his fourth victim to have Dubai Mammoths reeling on 65-4. But Siddique’s 59 from 40 balls ensured Mammoths reached 197.
In the end even that was not sufficient as man of the match Ali Anwar, who had taken two wickets, blazed his way to an unbeaten 85. His knock was studded with seven maximums and three boundaries and came off 50 balls.
Irfan Ashraf applied the finishing touches with an unbeaten 17 from 11 balls to hand Mideast victory by four wickets.
In the other semi-final GEMS Education bowlers kept Old School Boys quiet by restricting them to 152 for 8. In reply, man of the match Shuja Haider struck 75 (47 balls, 4×6, 8×4) and Ali Tipu Sultan 28 (21 balls, 1×6, 4×4) to help GEMS post a three-wicket victory.
Dubai Municipality clinched the Nad Al Sheba Wheelchair Basketball Championship title with a facile 63-46 win over Dubai Public Prosecution at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex on Tuesday night.
Dominant throughout their campaign, Dubai Municipality gave another commanding performance to deal Dubai Public Prosecution their third defeat in the final of the NAS Wheelchair Basketball Championship.
“From the beginning of the tournament, Dubai Municipality and the Public Prosecution team had set themselves apart and everyone expected us to be in the final,” said Dubai Municipality’s Ahmed Al Jassim, one of the leading scorers of the tournament.
“So we had two of the tournament’s best teams in the final and it was a really good contest. We had a good strategy in place and it worked for us. We played a strong defensive game and relied on quick counters, and we were successful in scoring plenty of points.
“We have some excellent players in the Municipality team and they are really good at scoring from under the basket. So managed to take control from the first minute and did not allow our opponents to come close, in terms of the score, nor did we give them much space to play their game.”
Hassan El Samlawi, Dubai Municipality’s Egyptian professional, added: “We are deserving champions. We have been the best team from the beginning of the tournament, reaching the semis by winning all our matches in the group and then putting up a really strong show in the semi-final against Dubai Police.
“The final was a big challenge for us because we wanted to crown our efforts with the title, and we are delighted that we could do that.”
In the NAS Futsal Championship, Dubai Police fought back from 1-2 at the break to defeat 2017 champions Al Taher 5-2 in the match for the bronze medal.
The defending champions took the lead in the opening minute itself when Jeferson Luis Correa put the ball at the back of the net. Al Taher then defended stoutly, with goalkeeper Taher Naser Ali making a couple of great saves until Dubai Police were finally rewarded for their sustained efforts when Alex William Da Silva struck the equaliser in the 12th minute.
Four minutes later, however, Al Taher were back in the lead with their Iranian captain Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh putting Correa’s cross past the Police goalkeeper.
Da Silva scored his second of the night in the 5th minute of second half to level the scores once again and then Johnatan Luiz Cesar converted from the penalty spot in the 32nd minute to put Dubai Police in the lead for the first time in the match.
Cesar scored his second four minutes later to make it 4-2 for the Policemen and then, two minutes from time, he provided the cross for Ibrahim Khalid to seal the fate of the match.
Organised by Dubai Sports Council (DSC) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the 2018 Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament will see more than 5,000 athletes compete for a total prize-purse of Dh6 million in Dubai, across 11 competitions.
The tournament has also gone international this year with a five-a-side futsal competition taking place in the Egyptian capital Cairo and an eight-team volleyball tournament being held in Amman, Jordan.
Wheelchair Basketball (Final): Dubai Municipality beat Dubai Public Prosecution 63-46.
Padel Tennis (UAE Nationals): Final – Saeed Al Marri and Mohammed Al Mansouri beat Abdullah Ahli and Mohammed Ahli 2-1 (6-4, 2-6, 6-4); 3rd Place: Sheikh Saeed Bin Hasher Al Maktoum and Omar Marzooqi beat Majid Al Falasi and Abdulla Abdulla 2-0 (6-1, 6-2).
Futsal for People with Hearing Disabilities (Final): Team Abu Dhabi beat Team Dubai 6-1.
Futsal (3rd Place): Dubai Police beat Al Taher 5-2.