A week-long fiasco was organised by team Fit On Click where the 10 leading corporates battled it out in Edition 11 of Fit On Click T10 Corporate Cricket Tournament presented by Dubai Islamic Bank and supported by Dubai Sports Council.
This edition would go down in history as the edition of upsets and unforeseen results. The tournament hosted 10 leading corporates of the nation. DSA Architects made their debut this edition as we welcomed back 9 returning Corporates to fight for the big prize.
This competition comprised of 2 groups with 5 teams each, and 4 teams from each group had the opportunity to qualify for the knockout rounds. Some big names like Dubai Islamic Bank Knightriders and Al Basti Mukhta were expected to top their groups and they did not disappoint, both teams expecting to meet each other again at the finals as no one had forgotten the thrilling finals both these teams were involved in the previous edition. Along with these 2 teams, Daikin, Noon, Besix, Sharaf DG, Dubai Customs and Shangri La followed into the latter stages of the tournament.
HILTI certainly deserves an honorable mention as they crashed out of this edition due to a mere difference in the net run rate, reminding us from time and time again Cricket can be a cruel game.
Let the Surprises Begin
The stage was set for the knockout rounds, on paper, the games were expected to be one-sided, But these games are never played on paper. Besix played Dubai Customs in a high scoring game as the former put on more than a convincing score on board but the DC Lions had a show of their own as they leveled the scored.
A super overcame into the picture for the first time ever in the history of Fit On Click Corporate Cricket Tournament. Besix just about managed to pull through as they made their way to the semi-finals, but matches like these keep the crowd buzzing. Yet another memorable quarterfinal game was played between Daikin Smashers and ABM boys, with Daikin knocking out the latter in what could be one of the biggest upsets in this corporate cricket tournament.
A Couple of Finals
The plate finals were contested between Daikin and Besix, a great game of cricket saw the Daikin boys lifting the plate cup, what a week they were having. The main event was Noon Ninjas facing off the Undisputed champions of 7 editions, none other than the Dubai Islamic Bank Knightriders. The defending champions had already bested the Ninjas 3 times which treated us to some intense encounters, a rivalry had been built up over the past few editions.
But no game of cricket is ever the same as the main event went underway, Noon Ninjas chose to bat first and despite the team losing wickets regularly they stumbled onto a 50 plus score thanks to some excellent individual performances. DIB Knightriders fell just short in their run chase as history was made with Noon lifting their first-ever championship trophy at the Fit On Click Corporate Cricket Tournament as the Knightriders lost their first-ever match, after a legendary run of wins and lifting 7 championships back to back just shows the kind of team they were.
Some Noteworthy Performances
Basim, the skipper of Noon Ninjas went on to lift the Best Bowler Award, having played an instrumental role in his team's road to victory he has consistently proven himself as a bowler to watch out for.
Farhan of Noon Ninjas took home the Best Batsmen Accolade thanks to his dynamic performance with the bat. A horror show for any bowlers going up against this man.
Aamir of the Dubai Islamic Bank played the role of Mr. Dependable for his team as he had significant contributions across all 3 areas of the game, which helped him to win the Man Of the Series award.
This Fit On Click Corporate Cricket Tournament edition 11 will not be forgotten in a very long time to come as we look towards creating more experiences like these for our Corporate Clients as we propel towards our vision of incorporating fitness, wellness, and sports into the day to day lives of the UAE residents.