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Third time luck shines on Desi Warriors

Desi Warriors won the annual Indian Migrants Cricket Tournament at the final match held on March 30 at Auckland Domain.

Entering the final match for third consecutive year, the team was rewarded for its hard work. Playing against the Kannada Koota team, the Desi Warriors clinched the match by 53 runs, after a fierce fight.

Earlier, the two teams progressed through 11 Robin Round League matches with as many teams playing, before reaching semi-finals along with the New Zealand Telugu Association and Aalayam.

The three-month long Tournament, organised this year by the New Zealand Telugu Association was packed with excitement and fun.

Giri Giridharan, Director of Relianz Forex Limited, the main sponsor of the Tournament, was the chief guest at the Prize-Giving Ceremony. He distributed the trophies sponsored by New Zealand Police, and cash prizes.

Jagadishwar Reddy, President of the New Zealand Telugu Association, which organised this year’s Tournament, distributed the Man of the Match Awards.

Feverish pitch

Throughout the Tournament there were gutsy chases, stout defending, frayed tempers and fired up players ‘doused’ skilfully by the umpires.

The final match, witnessed by a number of people, experienced raucous noise and revelry.

The Sun was shining in its full glory and the day ended with the regret that it was all over but with the hope and confidence that it is just another 10 months before the next Tournament would begin.

The Tournament, which commenced in 1997, has been roaring along uninterrupted as an exciting, annual event. It has always been played with intensely competitive but friendly spirit and this year was no exception.

Haranath Somaraju is a great Cricket enthusiast and the organiser of the annual Indian Migrants Cricket Tournament. Telephone: 0274-731848. Email: haranath@hotmail.com

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