Defending champions Ibsons drawn in tough group ahead of UBL T20 Floodlight Trophy

Denzil Pinto 23:29 27/12/2014
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The UBL T20 Floodlight Trophy is a prestigious tournament for the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council as teams from the UAE are competing with some national players also set to feature.

Defending champions Ibsons have been drawn with Al Fara’a, Etihad Airways, ADCB and Nissan Al Masaood in Group B of the UBL T20 Floodlight Trophy.

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In the ninth edition of theTwenty20 tournament which is this year presented by Onashi Trading, sees hosts UBL, who were beaten by 18 runs in last season’s final, take on AD Gymkhana, G Force, NMC and Engima XI’s in Group A.  Danube Lions will contest Group C along with Eurocon Alubond, ADAT, Seven Seas Strikers and ADMA-OPCO.

And completing the line-up in Group D are One Stop Tourism, LLH Hospital, Interface Transworld, Ferco and GMW.

The tournament, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council, to begin on Friday, January 9 will see a total of 47 matches played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the last-eight with the final scheduled in early April.

Not only will the teams be battling for top honours, but the champions will bag Dh20,000 in prize money while Dh 12,000 will be set aside for the runners-up. 

ADCC chief executive, David East said: “This is a prestigious tournament for the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council as teams from the whole of the UAE are competing with some of the national players also set to feature.

“With the World Twenty20 qualifiers being in July and August (in Ireland and Scotland), it provides a platform for the players to get used to the shorter format of the game and hopefully play in the 2016 World Twenty20 Cup, and this tournament wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors of UBL and Onashi.”

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