PEARLAND: The Moosa stadium witnessed history in the making as the Nepali Rhinos overpowered the star-studded Houston Sparks to lift the first 2xCricket USA cup here on Sunday.
Sparks put Rhinos into bat, after winning the toss, and the Paras Khadka-led outfit managed 73 runs for 3 wickets. In reply the Sparks scored only one more run (74-3).
In the second innings the Rhinos cut loose and hammed 124 runs to give Houston Sparks a very stiff target of 124 runs. Shawn Findley and captain Paras Khatka stroked blistering knocks of 77 and 61 runs respectively. Asad Ali and Muhammad Khalil took 2 wickets apiece.
In the second innings, Houston Sparks failed to replicate their semi-final performance and bundled out with 55 more runs to get. Shahzeb Hassan topped the batting chart with 38 runs. Shawn Findlay took 3, Paras Khatka grabbed 2 wickets.
The winning captain Paras Khatka and runner-up skipper Kamran Akmal applauded the 2x format and expressed willingness to be part of this event next year as well.
In the end, the vice president of Mitsubishi motors for North American region, Don Swearingen presented trophy to the winning captain with a purse of $60, 250.
The runner-up team, Houston Sparks got $17,250.
The 8-team event began on November 9th and apart from the two finalists, Florida Underdogs and UAE falcons also qualified for the semi final games.
Montgomery sports management, Pak Punjab, Smart Choice and Somerset Cavaliers were the other teams participated in the tournament with a unique format of 4 innings in a T20 game.
Zeeshan Maqsood of UAE falcons, scored 265 runs with a century and 2 fifties, was declared the best batsman of the tournament while best bowler’s award went to Asad Ali of Houston Sparks who took 11 wickets in the competition. The most valuable player’s award was given to Shawn Findlay of the Nepali Rhinos who scored 193 runs and took 10 wickets during the course of the tournament.