Bangladeshi Cricketers’ Alliance of North America

Friends United Defeated Brooklyn Lycans To Capture BCANA T20 Championship

New YorkNews October 31, 2021 admin

Friends United
The winning Friends United team poses with awards.

Congratulations to Friends United after winning the Bangladesh Cricketers’ Alliance of North America (BCANA) T20 Championship, and Brooklyn Lycans for finishing as the Runners Up. The five weeks tournament came to a fitting end when the two undefeated teams met in the final encounter. There was a large group of spectators present to back their teams in the heated contest.

After winning the crucial toss, Friends United made a very steady start with the bat. They maintained a healthy run rate throughout most of the game despite wickets falling at regular intervals. The star performer Mohammed Kashem continued his supreme form with a valuable 32 (30) at the top, while a game changing knock from Mokadder Khondakar of 38* (20) in the closing overs shifted the momentum towards the boys in blue at the end of first innings when they finished at 148/5 after 20 overs.

Friends United captain Afzol Hussain collects the championship trophy and prize money.

In response, the Brooklyn Lycans innings took a huge blow when they lost two early wickets in a fiery opening spell from Kashem. Lycans’ in-form batsman Imamol Hasan led the fight back with a hard earned 85*(69) in a valiant effort where the required rate was always getting out of reach.

With minimal support from the other end, United bowlers seized the opportunity to squeeze the innings to limit them for 126/2 in 20 overs – confirming a much deserved victory of 22 runs for Friends United.

The star boy Mohammed Kashem of Friends United was the Man of the Final for his valuable 32 (30) and 2 vital wickets. Brooklyn Lycans’ skipper Imamol Hasan was announced the Most Valuable Player as well as the Best Batsman for accumulating 263 runs and claiming 6 wickets. Tanvir Ahmed Sami of Brooklyn Lycans was the Best Bowler for picking up 11 wickets. Tareq Manower from the same team received the Best Fielder of the final, while Mokadder Khondakar from United took home the Game Changer award.

Brooklyn Lycans Captain Imamol Hasan
Brooklyn Lycans captain Imamol Hasan collects runner-up trophy and prize money.

The Champions Friends United received a reward of USD 2,000 (sponsored by Abdul Kader Miah), while the Runners-Up Brooklyn Lycans were rewarded with USD 1,000 (sponsored by BeTech). Joel Dookie, and Rajendra Persaud served as the match officials.

BCANA thanks all the guests, supporters and sponsors who made the event a success. Amongst the guests, Yasifur Rahman (CEO of BeTech Academy); Tanvir H. Chaudhury (CEO of ProTeq World. ); Ajith Bhaskar (Club Director of USA Cricket); Ramesh Arunasalam (President of NYNCL ); Sarwar Chowdhury (President of NYBCL); Sumon Khan and Jashim (Former and current President of Bangladeshi Premier League OF USA); Faisal Ahmed (Royal Friends); Harish Arthanari (Umpire); Thadkur Persaud (Umpire Coordinator) were present.

Ajith Bhaskar, Maksuder Rahaman, Mehraz Masud, Shamsul Shikder
US Cricket Board director Ajith Bhaskar (second from left) with BCANA league management Maksuder Rahaman, Mehraz Masud and Shamsul Shikder.

The sponsors were: Abdul Kader Miah Foundation, LV Fashions, LV Contracting Solutions, BeTech, Pro Teq World, Pro Design Renovation, AT&T Amsterdam Ave, Triage Tech Solutions, Sandwip Sporting Club, Delwar Hossain, Halal Xpress, Ador Graphics. BCANA is grateful to all the teams, sponsors, and the volunteers (Shakh, Sabbir, Fahim, Ashraful) from different teams who stepped forward to ensure a successful finish to the T20 tournament as well the season.

The BCANA 2021 T20 Tournament participating teams consisted of Friends United, Brooklyn Lycans, Team Lycans, Gladiators, Royal Friends, Noakhali Cricket Team, Mavericks, NY Thunder Hawks, Noakhali Super XI, New York Galaxy, Dhaka Scorpions, and Predators.

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