A fine all-around performance from Suneth Sampath helped DHL punch their tickets to the quarterfinal in Cricket T10 Championship.
Cheered on by the packed stands, Dubai 2021 rallied from a set down to beat Surprise 3-1 and win a fourth NAS Volleyball Championship title for the franchise.
Winners of the title in 2015 and 2016, and also last year as F3, Dubai 2021 lost a close first set and were trailing 11-15 in the second, but fought back to level the scores at 21-21 and shifted gears from thereon, winning 24-26, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex on Tuesday.
The winners bagged a cheque of Dh600,000, while the runners-up took home Dh500,000.
The two teams received their trophies and medals from Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director General of Dubai Department of Information and President of Tennis Emirates; in the presence of Sheikha Shamsa bint Hashar Al Maktoum, member of the Board of UAE Volleyball Association; Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council;
Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs; Tournament Director Hassan Al Mazrouei; and Ramesh Cidambi, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Duty-Free, who are the Platinum Sponsors of NAS Sports Tournament 2019.
Congratulating both teams on their fantastic performance in the final, Sheikh Hasher said: “The strong level of the two teams was a pleasant surprise for me personally, but a confirmation of this tournament’s high repute, quality, and competitiveness.
“I am sure this tournament and matches like this will be of great benefit to the Emirati players involved, and will also motivate all the youngsters who were present in the stands to play sports and embrace a physically active lifestyle.”
“This is a fantastic tournament and we are very happy to support this event,” said Cidambi.
“The crowds have been great and the matches have been amazing. So we are really happy to be here and to be the Platinum Sponsors for the NAS Sports Tournament.”
In the NAS Cricket T10 Championship, which is taking place at the Wombats Cricket Ground in Jebel Ali, a fine all-around performance from Suneth Sampath helped DHL punch their tickets to the quarterfinal from Pool 8 with a 12-run win over White Caps.
Opening the innings for DHL alongside Sajid Khalil (16: 6b, 2x4s, 1×6), Sampath scored a sedate 22-ball 34 (2x4s, 2x6s), adding 47 runs in a third-wicket partnership with Khurram Sajjad (32: 14b, 3x4s, 2x6s) as DHL posted 117 for 7 on the board.