Srinagar May 15: In an ongoing Inter-district Youth service & sports (YSS) cricket cup team Anantnag Sunday lifted the title while defeating team Baramulla by 35 runs played at Kashmir University ground.
After winning the toss, team Anantnag elected to bat first While setting a huge target of 215 runs for team Baramulla.
While chasing the target, team Baramulla could only score 179 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the allotted 20 overs respectively.
Zahid from team Anantnag was declared Man Of Match (MOM) for his briliant knock of 87 runs from just 37 balls. While as from team Baramulla Hyder Ali was declared Man of The Tournament (MOT) for his magnificent 216 runs and 11 wickets in 6 matches.
However, Bandipora have succeeded in achieving third spot in the tournament after winning hardliner match against the District team of Srinagar.
Team Bandipora could manage a decent score of 189 runs in the allotted overs while as the city boys collapsed just at a meagre score of 72 runs.
As per the YSS official a total of 44 matches of this mega tournament were played on 6 different venues in which around 200 officials of the Department were deputed for the successful conduct of the tournament.
Official further added that directions of the senior officers were passed on to the field officials on duty, to keep a close track of the performances of the players as the better ones are being groomed further with the help of advanced coaching by the Department of YS&S.
Pertinently, besides being given the trophies and mementos to district teams who attained first, second and third place in the tournament were felicitated with the cash prizes of Rs 50000, Rs. 30000 and Rs. 20000 respectively.
On the occasion Conveners of different committees which were established to ensure the best possible arrangement for the conduct of the tournament also were felicitated with mementos.
Joint Director Kashmir, Department Youth Services & Sports Bashir Ahmed on the occasion while appreciating winning team said that playing a game is important than winning or losing because, every game we play has its own importance and value in our life.
"Sometimes a game can change our lives. It is better to learn every-time, rather than seeing to winning or losing," he said.
While speaking about the important initiatives of Government for ensuring participation of students and non students in games and sports, Joint Director said that sports tournaments like YSS Cup are proving very help to the Department in tapping and channelising sports talent at grass roots level.
“ The Department has already started the process of registration for the second phase of YSS Cup and on the same pattern like YSS Cup-21, teams for 4 games like Volleyball, Cricket, Kabbadi and Kho-Kho are being selected at Panchayat or Municpal Committee level.’’ he added.
Bashir Ahmed expressed his gratitude to the Kashmir University and other allied agencies for their kind support in organising the such a mega tourney hassle freely.
Other dignitaries present on the valedictory cum award ceremony at this sports extravaganza included Assistant Director Department Of Physical Education University of Kashmir Tauseef Ahmed, District YS&S Officer Srinagar Balbir Singh, DYSSO Anantnag Mushtaq Ahmed and other senior officers and officials of the Department of YS&S.
The mega tournament was played on league cum knockout basis in which a total of 19 teams from 19 districts of the UT have participated.