Dear cricket players, supporters, officials and valued volunteers.
The Cricket Board of Maldives will be holding the 1st T20 Women’s Cricket Cup on the beautiful island of Fuvahmulah. The tournament will attract the best players in the Maldives to compete for the honour of the best women’s cricket team in the country.
As the most successful sport and one of the oldest sports in Maldives history, cricket has a responsibility to develop the game further and this is a huge step towards empowering women to achieve national sporting success.
3 Teams from around the Atolls will compete over 6 days culminating with a Grand Final match with the winners crowned the ‘T20 Women’s Cricket Champions 2017’.
The enthusiasm and support extended by His Excellency The President, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, towards cricket and all sport programmes across our nation is vital encouragement to volunteers, coaches and officials to achieve sporting success at all levels.
The assistance from the Ministry of Youth & Sport towards cricket is most valued and we aim to reward the players and Officials for their hard work by organising this tournament to showcase their skills for all to see.
Cricket has a bright future across the whole country for everyone of all ages and ability. It is the responsibility of the Cricket Board of Maldives to support those interested in cricket to have a structured approach to the game we love.
From the far north in Haa-Alif Atoll to Addu City, there are people about to make their first steps into cricket – these ‘pioneers’ are just as important as the established players, teams and coaches in Malé and here in Fuvahmulah.
As of September 2017 and proof that cricket has a future in the Maldives, this tournament has gathered teams from around the country from small and large communities and players from different backgrounds and abilities. From Malé, we welcome a young squad of players that have been assembled from schools. From Fuvahmulah, we have 2 squads consisting of all ages and abilities showing a real hunger to learn as much as possible within the game and encourage more to take part.
It is with great pleasure to be involved in cricket at such an exciting time and I’m sure you will join me in enjoying the tournament ahead and all the game has to offer your family, friends and communities.
Cricket Board of Maldives
Womens T20 Cricket Cup 2017 – Match 02
Ras Ranin v Malé Ladies
Ras Ranin Won by 20 Runs.
Malé Ladies cricket team visiting Fuvahmulah to play the 1st womens Cricket Tournament won the toss and decided to bowl.
Ras Ranin lost opener Maaya 1st ball to a straight and fast delivery by Shaff’aa. After that, Captain Aimaa (23) and Izana (29) heloed the Fuvahmulah team make a total of 115 off their 20 Overs. Bowlers Shaff’aa and Eashal and Maisha picking up a wicket each.
In reply, the Malé team could not get into gear facing some wild and unpredictable bowling from the local team conceding many extras. Amna stayed at the crease for all 20 overs to score 10 not out. At the end of the match, Malé Ladies had scored 96 chasing the target of 116.
Todays match was the first competetive women’s cricket match played in the Maldives; the first of many as the Cricket Board of Maldives increases it’s development programme to reach the Atolls and islands around the country.
Womens T20 Cricket Cup 2017 – Match 04
Ras Ranin (Fuvahmulah Team 1) v Cricket Challengers (Fuvahmulah Team 2)
Ras Ranin Won by 45 Runs.
In front of visiting Cricket Board of Maldives Executive Committee Members Mr. Ali Manik and Mr. Ismail Anil and also after bad weather for 24 hours, play was able to take place this afternoon in the eagerly anticipated fixture between the 2 Fuvahmulah cricket teams playing in this years Womens T20 Cricket Cup.
Challengers, playing their first match won the toss and captain Zoona chose to field first and lloked like a wise choice as Zaain (5) and Maiha (0) went cheaply in the forst 5 overs. Ras Ranin Captain Aimaa (54) and Vice Captain Izana (37) came to bat and put on a partnership of 104 runs to help their team to 126 for 3 wickets off their 20 Overs. Wickets for Challengers came from the pace bowlers Haneefa and Amaanee.
In reply, Challengers began briskly with Aamaal and Zoona batting smartly. This came to an end with a mixup in calling for a quick single which left Zoona run-out on 16. Aamaal fell soon after for 2 and despite a hard worked 20 from Haneefa the fielding and catching of Ras Ranin made sure the victory was theirs. Bowling honours for this match must go to young Maiha (2 wickets for 18 runs) and the impressive Zaain taking 2 wickets for just 1 run off 2 Overs.