They lifted the Creditwest All Cyprus Cricket Cup for the second year in a row following a hard-fought victory over Sri Lankan CC at Çatalköy Stadium, in a surprise result.
TRNC Cricket Association president Nigel Holman had said that the Sri Lankans were the favourites going into the final after winning their own league without losing a game.
A breakthrough in the first over saw Gentlemen of Girne’s Sadjad Kamal catch Sugalh leg before for a duck.
With Waheed Nawab bowling a very tight line from the other end, the North Cyprus champions slowly put the squeeze on.
Bowler Adeel Mansha took two quick wickets, reducing the visitors to 18 for 3, including an outstanding catch by Danish Afridi at mid-on, dismissing batsman Captain Mangola for just four.
The South Cyprus champions tried to respond, but the introduction of Shahzad Malik caused havoc, with five batsmen succumbing to his accurate slow left-armers, returning 18 for five, with the visitors ending on a total of just 79 runs.
Gentlemen of Girne’s batting got off to a disastrous start, with Janwali Khan, Bilal Afridi, Adeel Mansha and Muhammad Waqas all out without scoring, leaving the home side at 9 for 4.
However, an impressive partnership between Danish Afridi, 33 not out, and Ather Mir (26), which included four fours and a six, helped steer the TRNC outfit to a memorable victory.
Creditwest Bank Çatalköy branch manager Figen Kaymak presented the individual best player trophies to Danish Afridi for batting and Shahzad Malik for bowling, adding that she was “thrilled” the cup had stayed in North Cyprus.
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