After three weekends of intensive pool games between twelve teams, Ara All Nations Cricket Festival 2019, team Tamil Pasanga has emerged as the champion defeating Firangi XI by seven runs.

The 3rd Ara Institute of Canterbury All Nations Tournament started on November 24 with pool games every Sunday and finals on December 8.

In the first two rounds of the game held earlier, Tamil Pasanga has been leading from Pool B and Firangi XI in pool A who ultimately had a face-off in the grand finale on Sunday.

In the last round of the tournament, Tamil Pasanga defeated XI Kings of Punjab securing their position for the final and Firangi XI beat Cornered Tigers to land themselves for decider match.

Team Action Indoor Sports Central beat PlaceMe; Afghan Fine Legs beat Everest Warriors, Falcons beat Doon Tiger Club and second-leading in Pool B Strikers beat Afghan XI.

In the final match, Daz Collins once again scored well giving Tamil Pasanga the lead with 159 runs losing seven wickets. Chasing the total, Firangi XI fell short of seven runs losing nine wickets at the end of 20 overs.

Qudrat Miyakhel from Afghan XI was awarded the best bowler for the tournament.

“We had over a hundred spectators for the final match on Sunday including players from other teams had already finished.

Thanks to the Christchurch Multicultural Council and Christchurch City Council for partnering with us to deliver this important event on the CMCA Calendar, Mike Harvey, General Manager of Christchurch Metro Cricket told The Indian Weekender.

The organisers are also looking forward to a robust competition and bigger participation in the tournament that will be held November-December in 2020.

“We had amazing participation in this tournament with players and families from different ethnic backgrounds supporting the event- it showed diversity and multiculturalism that we aim for through these events,” Surinder Tandon, president of Christchurch Multicultural Tournament told The Indian Weekender.