‘Players awarded, initial ‘Infinity ALL-STARS’ squad announced’
Infinity T20 Cricket Tournament – Jan13th – March 12th 2011, Melbourne
The presentation night of the 2012 Infinity T20 Cricket Tournament was held at the stylish Morton Pavillion in Junction Oval.
The Infinity T20 Cricket Tournament now in its second year has continued to gain in popularity and attracted 20 teams in the 2012 event.
It was a formal event with some players bringing their girlfriends along adding to the glamour. There were several rounds of complimentary finger food and drinks served through the evening in celebration of outstanding individual and team performances.
The 2012 Tournament winners, ‘Western Warriors’ and runners-up ‘Raging Bulls’ collected individual medals and certificates. It was no surprises that several players from the Western Warriors also picked up some individual awards. The best bowler of the competition was awarded to Fawad Ahmed for taking 10 wickets in 5 games at an average of 8.2 and an economy of 4.56. The best batsmen of the tournament went to Adnan Khawaja who scored 281 runs at an average of 70.25 and a highest score of 87.
There were four century makers in the tournament – Vik Dhingra (129), Shaubhik Nagpal (111*), Rahoul Pankhania (101*) and Usman Safdar (100) and all were presented with trophies. Vijendra Singh – captain of Western Warriors Sydendam was the tournament’s only bowler to take a hatrick. Vijendra also received the ‘Most Enthusiastic Team Award’ on behalf of his team. Raging Bulls won the ‘Multicultural Team Award’ and the ‘Ratz’ won the ‘Spirit of Cricket Team Award.’ Michael Durst won the ‘Best Umpire’ award for his outstanding efforts and professionalism – a great achievement in only his first full season of umpiring.
Samuditha Kumarasinghe from the Raging Bulls received the headspace ‘Best Young Player’ award for scoring 178 runs and taking 7 wickets. headspace – the National Youth Mental Health organisation are the tournament’s official ‘health content’ partners and representatives were present at various matches throughout the event. There was also a number of health messages with a cricket theme promoted during the tournament through social media focussing on areas such as alcohol, mentoring and relationships.
The Umpires Player of the Tournament went to Gaurav Jain from the Mighty Bulls, while the ‘Infinity STAR Player of the Tournament’ was awarded to Adnan Khawaja – captain of the winning Western Warriors team for an outstanding tournament with the bat (281 runs), ball (6 wickets) and leadership. The best 20 players from the tournament were also named in the initial ‘Infinity ALL STARS’ squad, where there will be some matches organised later this year.
There was a Raffle with prizes including a signed ‘Victorian Bushrangers’ bat, a ‘behind-the-scenes’ experience and tour of Melbourne Park & Rod Laver Arena – provided by Tennis World, as well as several NBA Jerseys, Kicks, Snapbacks and Music CDs sponsored by Eternal9.
Infinity Cricket was founded in 2010. The tournament is affiliated with Cricket Victoria, the City of Melbourne, headspace – the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, and partners include Bendigo Bank – Prahran & Windsor, Melbourne Stars, Tennis World, STRIKE Bowling, Eternal9, Local India, Auria Education and the Dream Real Group.
Infinity STAR Player of the Tournament: Adnan Khawaja (Western Warriors)
Umpires player of the tournament: Gaurav Jain (Mighty Bulls)
Best Batsman: Adnan Khawaja (Western Warriors)
Best Bowler: Fawad Ahmed (Western Warriors)
Best Umpire: Michael Durst
headspace ‘Best Young Player’ Samuditha Kumarasinghe (Raging Bulls)
Century makers: Vik Dhingra (Mighty Bulls)
Shaubhik Nagpal (Raging Bulls)
Rahoul Pankhania (Ratz)
Usman Safdar (Master Blasters)
Hatrick: Vijendra Singh (Western Warriors Sydenham)
Most Enthusiastic Team: Western Warriors Sydenham
Multicultural Team: Raging Bulls
Team Spirit of Cricket: Ratz
Initial 20-man squad for the ‘Infinity All Stars’ team
Adnan Khawaja, Fawad Ahmed, Navdeep Singh, Lucky Khan, Nassir Ahmed, Jake Simon, Shenal Peiris, Samuditha Kumarasinghe, Shaubhik Nagpal, Niranjan Kumar, Gaurav Jain, Vik Dhingra, Arpit Talwar, Simon Ivtec, Rahoul Pankhania, Rammy, Usman Safdar, Ashok Mepani, Rohit Sandhu, Jagveer Singh.
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