Emirates Cricket's National Women’s Tournament final will be played tomorrow, Saturday, May 20th, at the Sharjah English School between Desert Cubs and GM Academy, starting 7am.
From March through to May, Desert Cubs ladies, GM Academy ladies and Gforce Cricket Academy ladies played across 9 match-days over 9 weeks in a round-robin 30-over format, where Desert Cubs and GM Academy booked their place in Saturday’s final.
“This tournament was created to provide our rapidly-developing women cricketers with a platform to further develop their skill set and experience.” “We are delighted, and encouraged with the performances we seen during each match.” said Emirates Cricket Board Member and Official Spokesperson, Zayed Abbas.
Leading Desert Cubs into the final, Captain Esha Oza said; “We have worked very hard to improve both our team performance and individual skills. I am proud that efforts from everyone involved, from players to coaches, has helped us improve our performance in current season.” “We remain unbeaten in this year’s tournament and it is a proud moment for our young women's team to qualify for the finals for first time, and we thank Emirates Cricket for arranging this tournament.”
GM Academy Captain, Humaira Tasneem stated; “This tournament has been a good competition, there were 3 strong teams competing and every team played at least 6 matches which gave us good exposure and match practice. It was exciting for our team to qualify as we have a wide cross section of ages, and through each game our confidence grew and we have seen definite improvement. We were exposed to 3 different pitches (during the tournament) so we learned how to adapt and make the best of whether it was a bowling pitch or a batting pitch.”
“On conclusion of this tournament Emirates Cricket selectors will identify a summer training squad where their focus will be UAE’s T20 World Cup qualifier campaign later this year. We wish both sides good luck in Saturday’s final, and most important we wish them an enjoyable, competitive experience.” added Abbas.