JUH-UGAFCO, KAMC Lady Spikers, Tomodachi-KFAFH win PAL-Kalayaan Cup openers

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Two-time defending men’s champion Jeddah United Hitters-UGAFCO with organizers and guests.
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Chief guest Vice Consul Sheila Alinsangan Briones during the opening ceremony. (AN photos)
Updated 12 October 2017
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JUH-UGAFCO, KAMC Lady Spikers, Tomodachi-KFAFH win PAL-Kalayaan Cup openers

JEDDAH: Looking to three-peat, two-time defending men’s champion Jeddah United Hitters-UGAFCO opened defense of its title with a 25-11, 25-6 victory over Saudi German Hospital in one of three games that tore the wraps off the PAL-Kalayaan Volleyball Cup 4th Conference at Trio Ranch & Country Club on the outskirts of Jeddah.
The tournament to run for eight weekends was launched with a colorful opening ceremony in which Vice Consul Sheila Alinsangan Briones of the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah was the chief guest. The other VIP guests present at the ceremony were
Syed Hamid Nayeem of the Philippine Airlines, SMDC’s Allan Murillo Castillo, OSN Executive Alex Cinco Sales, Nascol Supplies Co. Executive Manager Paul Antiporda, Pepsi Cola representative Mohammed Sami, and NWorld representatives Ashley Daye Jao and Nancy Bayani. Representatives form Sky Freight Forwarders, Indomie, Giordano and Baytoti also came as well as guest Sameera Aziz.
The special awards to go up for grabs went to Joy Ann Rose Mayangitan (Tomodachi-KFAFH) Best Team Representative, women’s division; Patricia Perlas Dayrit (Jeddah United Hitters-UGAFCO) Best Team Representative, men’s division; SGH and JUH-UGAFCO Best Team in Uniform men’s and women’s divisions; SGH Best Organized Team.
The 3rd Conference runner-up in the women’s division, KAMC (King Abdulaziz Medical City) Lady Spikers, were also in action Friday, winning their match against Adam’s Angels 17-25, 25-18, 15-9.
In the other opening games, the women’s team of SGH took to the court twice, winning against Makkah Terminators 25-21,25-19 in the fourth and last game and losing against Tomodachi-KFAFH in the second game.
The Best Player award winners on the day were: Randy D. Macatiguib (JUH-UGAFCO), Angela Pingul (Tomodachi-KFAFH), Sharon Estores (KAMC Lady Spikers ) and Winrose O. Flaviano (SGH).
There are 11 teams seeing action, six in the women’s and five in the men’s division as follows: Adam’s Angels, International Medical Center (IMC) KAMC Lady Spikers, Makkah Terminators, Saudi German Hospital and Tomodachi-KFFH; IMC,
Jeddah Blue Spikers, JUH-UGAFO, SGH and Tomodachi.
The tournament is organized by Dreamstar Productions for Sports & Events under the leadership of Al Moran Bacleon and supported by sponsors PAL, SMDC, OSN, Nascol Supplies Co, CO., Pepsi Cola, NWorld, Sky Freight Forwarders, Indomie, Giordano and Baytoti.
The Kalayaan Volleyball Cup committee would like to express its thanks and appreciation to Trio Ranch & Country Club Manager Antonio Peruzzi for their generous support in helping make the tournament launch a success.
Event Planner/Tournament Organizer Maki de Guzman heads the Organizing Committee. With de Guzman in the committee are: Finance Office, Joey Villanueva, Admin & Technical teams: Daisy Ringpis, Janette Calica, Janet Cupcupin, Cherry Reyes, Janet Magjacot, Wilson Porlaje, Jerry P. Lagrimas (Technical Adviser) Edgar Zantua (Logistic Officer)/ Harold Amper (Tournament Commissioner) and Alex Sales (Independent Adviser).


India rout Pakistan by eight wickets in Asia Cup clash

Updated 20 September 2018
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India rout Pakistan by eight wickets in Asia Cup clash

  • Pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-15) and part time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav (3-23) sent Pakistan collapsing
  • Both Pakistan and India had already qualified for the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup and will meet again in Dubai on Sunday

DUBAI: India crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in their long-awaited Asia Cup match which failed to live up to its hype in Dubai on Wednesday.
Pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-15) and part time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav (3-23) sent Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, collapsing to just 162 all out in 43.1 overs at Dubai Stadium.
Skipper Rohit Sharma then struck three sixes and six boundaries in his 39-ball 52 while fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan hit a six and six fours in his 54-ball 46 as India romped home in 29 overs.
Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik both finished on 31 not out as India exacted some revenge for their humbling 180-run defeat against their arch-rivals in the final of the Champions Trophy in London last year -- the most recent match between the teams until Wednesday.
Both Pakistan and India had already qualified for the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup and will meet again in Dubai on Sunday.
Bangladesh and Afghanistan meet in Abu Dhabi in the last Group B match on Thursday, having already qualified for the second round after Sri Lanka crashed out.
The top two teams from the Super Fours will play the final in Dubai on September 28.
Once Pakistan's unpredictable batting crumbled, Wednesday's match turned into a damp squib for a near-capacity crowd comprising of Indian and Pakistani expats living in the United Arab Emirates.
Kumar ran through the top order by dismissing openers Imam-ul-Haq (two) and Fakhar Zaman (nought) inside five overs, before Babar Azam (47) and Shoaib Malik (43) rebuilt the innings during their 82-run stand for the third wicket.
But after Azam was dismissed in the 22nd over, bowled by left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, Pakistan lost their last seven wickets for 77 runs.
Azam hit six boundaries in his 62-ball knock while Malik, dropped on 26 by MS Dhoni off Hardik Pandya, cracked one six and one four in a vigilant innings which lasted 67 balls.
Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (six) became Jadhav's first wicket, holing out to long-on where substitute fielder Maneesh Pandey completed a brilliant catch, throwing the ball back into the field to avoid running over the rope and completing the catch.
But it was Malik's run out which derailed Pakistan, sent back by Asif Ali after setting off for a quick single.
Paceman Jasprit Bumrah took 2-23 but India lost all-rounder Hardik Pandya to injury.
Bowling his fifth over, Pandya fell in his follow through and was stretchered off with a lower back injury, the extent of which was being assessed by the India team's medical staff.