by Gasper Almeida
Kuwait, Jan 8: The one day “CRYcket” tournament will be held on Friday, 30th January 2009 at the KOC Hockey Grounds, Ahmadi. The tournament is now a very popular annual family event where 22 teams play 30 softball games in two age categories while spectators, parents, relatives and well-wishers enjoy a carnival atmosphere. As per the draw conducted, 12 teams each are set to participate in the Under 12 and Under 14 divisions initially in four groups in round robin fashion leading to four winners who will clash in the playoffs.
As usual two grounds will be used and the games will be played simultaneously in the senior and junior divisions. The event is hosted by the Friends of CRY Club (FOCC) - Kuwait supported by the Ahmadi Cricket and Hockey Committees. The game format will be seven overs a side with batsmen requiring to retire at the personal score of 18. Unlimited substitution will be allowed and teams have been encouraged to turn up in coloured kits to add to the picturesque Ahmadi setting. Apart from the winners' trophies, medals and certificates will be given to each player. Since 2005, CRYcket has received recognition from the Kuwait Cricket Association (KCA) as a valuable grassroots activity which augers well for the development of cricket in Kuwait and is supported by CRY. Experienced umpires will control the games assisted by official scorers.
The teams will play in recognition of a much felt need among less fortunate children in the subcontinent and will carry the message of compassion towards them. They will spread awareness of the work done by CRY, an international organization, that believes that every child is entitled to basic rights of survival, protection, development and participation. To add to the spirit of celebration of childhood there will be delicious snacks and drinks available throughout the day, while drawing and essay competitions, Kid’s Corner, bingo, raffle draws and ROLO, the popular cricket spectator game will keep you excited every minute. 'Buy for CRY' a stall of used books, videos, CDs, toys and household effects will give you a quick bargain. The annual tournament was original to be held last November but due to incessant rains and weather conditions it was moved forward.
An FOCC spokesperson has declared that it will be a memorable day at Ahmadi and if their slogan is anything to go by, then "Everybody Wins!". All participating teams, team coordinators are requested to contact FOCC members by email email@example.com or visit their website www.focckwt.org