[edit] West Indian cricketer Clayton Lambert inaugurates popular charity tournament.
The drama of a historic upset marks this year’s competition.

Pankaj Bolaki

Every year during the month of May, Atlantans who love cricket gather at Georgia Tech for the FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup, and this year the contest was between 46 teams involving over 400 players and participants.

The tournament started on May 9th, and was inaugurated by Clayton Lambert, a former West Indian cricketer and current coach of the USA cricket team. A total of 32 games were held during the first weekend with the first match starting at 8 AM and the last match ending around 9 PM each day. During the first weekend, usually not many upsets are expected, and the best teams breeze through the early rounds without much hassle.

However, this year was different and defending champions Alpharetta Monsters Kings lost to Rapid IT. Monsters needed to chase 75 runs in 10 overs which is a par score but a really good bowling and fielding effort from Rapid IT caused the biggest upset in the history of the tournament and the former champions remain that only. Unfortunately, RapidIT’s victory took all the gas out of them and were defeated by Chattanooga Titans, a team that is playing this tournament for the ninth year.

[edit] Javed Miandad’s legacy of a memorable upset evoked

The most exciting finish to the match was between Rebels United and Marietta Invincibles. The Rebels needed nine runs in three balls and with 2 overthrows and a wicket in the next two balls, the equation was six runs in from the last delivery! Opening batsman, Viraj Karnik stepped up to the challenge with a miraculous six over the square leg fence—evoking memories of Javed Miandad’s famous six that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the 1986 Australia Cup final between India and Pakistan in Sharjah. As they say, anything can happen in the game of Cricket and the first week of the tournament had all the drama!

[edit] The Quarterfinals: The Monsters, Predators and the Dragon Slayers:

With the Alpharetta Monsters Kings out in the early rounds, pressure was on the Alpharetta Monsters-Challengers to step up the competition. They posted a challenging total of 88 runs against ACC in the quarterfinals but Eshwar Gowda from ACC stamped his class on the tournament with a 53 not out. His batting was a pleasure to watch with shots all round the field.

The best chase of the tournament was provided by Amigos, who restricted the strong batting lineup of Predators to 78 runs in their quarterfinals. The Predators team, in Syed Mujtaba, had the best bowler from last year’s tournament, but Naren Sahoo from Amigos had other ideas and controlled the chase very well. His pull shots were effortless and effective and the Amigos turned into predators. The underdogs of the tournament showed what true team effort is. All the teams that reached the semifinals had never won the tournament and hence a new champion would be crowned.

[edit] The Semifinals: Eight Amigos charge, and the lions roar

In the semifinals, ACC, who were last years semifinalists were now the favorites to win the title. During their run chase, they needed 13 runs to win from 12 balls and Jibran of Lanka Lions did a Munaf (of Rajasthan Royals against Mumbai Indians) and bowled a very tight over causing many run outs. In the end, ACC ran out of steam after they beat some of the favorite teams to win the tournament.

In the second semifinals Chattanooga Titans competed against a charged up Amigos, who till now were just having fun with no expectations to win. They stepped up to the plate and put a challenging 88 runs on the board, which was their highest total of the tournament. The Titans tried valiantly and put in a spirited effort but in the end could not surmount the runs and bowed out of the tournament.

[edit] The Finals: Lakkitha Silva’s (a.k.a Sangakarra) day

There were many highlights in this year’s matches, but none compared to match winning performance by Lakkitha Silva, the captain and wicketkeeper of the Lanka Lions team, who took five wickets in the finals. The Amigos were off to a blazing start with 43 runs in five overs. Naren Sahoo from Amigos, who was declared “The Best Batsman of the tournament” was tearing apart the Lions’ bowlers. That is when Lakkitha Silva (a.k.a. Sangakarra) brought himself on and bowled out Naren Sahoo with his first ball. This triggered a collapse and the Amigos were all out for 61. The Lions openers gave a solid start to the chase and achieved the target pretty easily and capped off a remarkable victory.

Lakkitha Silva, won the Man of the Match for the Finals and the Man of the Tournament for taking 12 wickets and contributing 63 runs along with captaining the winning team. Naren from Amigos captured the Best Batsmen of the tournament with 108 runs in 4 matches and Chirag from ACC won the Best Bowler of the tournament award for getting 10 wickets.

The event was sponsored by Futuretech, Pyramid Consulting, Primus, Rapid IT, EIS, Hope Dental, ObjectNet, and Sanket Systems and a big thank you to “Swathi Indian Cuisine” for providing delicious food for all the days of the tournament.

Jaimin Modi, who organized the tournament for the first time and had this to say: “I tried to do the best I could. This really goes without saying, but I couldn't have done this without the help of all the volunteers and umpires that put in hours of time into making this tournament successful. Thank you so much for all that you've done for this tournament and in the end for the under-privileged kids back home!”

Vibha, a charitable organization serving underprivileged children in India, has successfully organized these tournaments for over a decade. This year, the event raised $30,000 for its noble cause. Please email if you would like to volunteer with Vibha

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[edit] Upcoming Events

Volunteer Meeting - July 9th, 2016 Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM Johns Creek Fire Station

Local volunteering @ Fostercare Support Foundation – Saturday July 30, 2016 – 10am-Noon

Dream Mile 2016 – Sep 17, 2016

[edit] Recent Events

Volunteer Meeting - June 12th, 2016 Sunday 2:00 to 4:00PM OCEE Library

Volunteer Meeting - April 2nd, 2016 , Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming 20041 GA

Vibha Cricket Cup 2016, April 16th

Volunteer Meeting - May 14th, 2016 , Saturday 3:00 to 5:00PM Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming 20041 GA

Volunteer Meeting - Oct 10th, 2015 Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM OCEE Library

Dream Mile 2015 - Sept 19th

Foster Care Volunteering, August 1, 2015

Volunteer Meeting - July 11th, Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM

Volunteer Meeting - June 7th, Sunday 2:00 to 4:00PM, Johns Creek Fire Station No. 62

Vibha Cricket 2015 - April 2015

Youth Volunteer Meeting - April 26th, Sunday 12 to 2PM, Shakerag Firestation (Near Shakerag Elementary)

Vibha Chess 2015 - February 7th 2015

Volunteer Meeting - February 14th, 2015 - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm @ OCEE Library

Vibha Table Tennis 2015 - February 28th 2015

Volunteer Meeting - January 10th, 2015 - 2:30 pm @ OCEE Library

Local Volunteering @CRN Gift Wrapping, December 20th 2014

Volunteer Meeting - December 6th 2014

Dream Mile 2014 - Sept 20th

Vibha Cricket 2014

Dream Play 2014

Dream Mile 2013

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2013

Dream Play 2013 - February 16th, 2013

Paramount Software Dream Mile 2012

FutureTech Cricket Cup 2012

Dream Play 2012 (Khel Mela) - March 24th, 2012

Hands-On Volunteering - Dec. 18th, 2011

Paramount Software Dream Mile 2011 - Oct 1st

Vibha Open - Tennis Tournament - Aug 20th

Krishna Kanhaiya - June 19th

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2011

Vibe - March 5th 2011

Past Events

[edit] In the Press

Cricket and Service: A Perfect Duo

FutureTech commits $50K in the next 5 years to Vibha Cricket Cup

K-MACS Dream Play 2012

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2011 - Khabar (July 2011)

International Dance Festival raises funds for children’s causes! - Khabar (February 2011)

12th Annual Dream Mile - Khabar (October 2010)

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2010 - Khabar (July 2010)

11th Annual Dream Mile - Khabar (October 2009)

Pyramid Consulting Super16 (July 2009)

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2009 - Khabar (June 2009)

Sanket Systems Khel Mela 2009 - Khabar (May 2009)

Older Press Releases

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