Rawalpindi: The Chevron-SOS Inter-Village Cricket Tournament 2015 got off to a flying start here at Ayub Park with host city Rawalpindi making short work of Quetta.
With 11 teams representing 11 cities of Pakistan featuring in the event, the five-day tournament saw a series of exciting matches on Day One following an impressive opening ceremony at Army Heritage Foundation at Ayub Park.
Brigadier (R) Zaman Nasrullah Khan Niazi, Director General, Army Heritage Foundation inaugurated the tournament sponsored by Chevron Pakistan Lubricants Private Limited (CPLPL).
In the opening match of the day, SOS Lahore piled up 77 runs and then restricted SOS Karachi to 38 to win by an impressive 39-run margin.
SOS Rawalpindi outclassed SOS Quetta in all departments of the game as they amassed 85 – the highest total of the opening day – to beat their opponents by 57 runs.
Debutants SOS Muzaffarabad were unable to make the firepower of SOS Islamabad and fell short of 44 runs while chasing a victory target of 72.
In the most exciting match of the day, Faisalabad edged SOS Sargodha in a thriller. Batting first, Faisalabad posted 46 runs and won the match by four runs. The match was decided on the last ball.
In the last match of the day, SOS Multan scored 72 runs and managed to win it by 19 runs.
The tournament will conclude on December 26.
Sponsored by Chevron Pakistan, the tournament is being attended by 150 schoolchildren and staff from SOS Children’s Village Rawalpindi, SOS senior regional team and donors, Chevron leadership and employees, and a few other respected members of society.
The tournament opened with a colourful inauguration ceremony. On December 25, the visiting teams will have a break and enjoy a fun-filled outing and then gear up for the semi-final and final matches to be held the next day.
The two conclusive matches and the prize distribution ceremony will be held on December 26. Naeem Ur Rehman, Manager Direct Industrial Sales, Chevron Pakistan Lubricants will be the chief guest for the occasion.