Ajman: Sharjah Cricket Council honoured its top performers and teams during the season 2010 and 2011 through a colourful award ceremony held at the Ramada Hotel in Ajman.
William Hare Abu Dhabi Gymkhana Cricket Club hogged the limelight by winning the major titles like the 37th Bukhatir League A division tournament and third Al Dhaid Gold Cup this year. They had also won the second edition of the Al Dhaid Gold Cup too in 2010.
Eurocon Alubond team also shared the honours by receiving the Sharjah Summer Cup winners' trophy and the third Al Dhaid Gold Cup runners up trophy. Eurocon also received the 2010 19th Bukhatir League B division trophy.
Among the cricketers, Shaimon Anwar Butt of Yogi Group stood out scoring 2,500 runs from 25 matches. The council honoured him with a special award for his record breaking feat.
"It has been a wonderful two years for our council. We staged 20 tournaments spread over Sharjah Stadium and Al Dhaid Cricket Village. In 2010 we hosted 389 matches and in 2011 we played 396 matches. Some of the teams put on spectacular performances while some cricketers were really outstanding and hence we felt that they all deserved to be honoured," remarked Mazhar Khan, the secretary of the Sharjah Cricket Council.
The council also honoured upcoming women's cricketers, umpires and their academy coaches.
Special awards were presented to women cricketers Ayesha Naushad Khan and Rashida Shabbir Hussain. Umpire Tariq Butt and Coach Mohammad Hyder received huge applause from the audience while being honoured for their contribution to the game.
Kabir Khan, the UAE cricket team coach, gave away some of the prizes. Another outstanding performer was Eurocon Alubond's captain Nazir Aziz. In 2010, he won the best bowler award in the 19th Bukhatir League and the player of the tournament award in Bukhatir league A division, while in 2011 he bagged the best bowler award in Al Dhaid Gold Cup and Sharjah Summer Cup.