Probasee Brings Back The 'Spirit Of Cricket 2023-24' Cup Home
Probasee emerged victorious in the Spirit of Cricket tournament on Sunday, February 11, defeating the Deccan Acers by a narrow margin of 7 runs at Mount Wellington War Memorial Reserve. Sponsored by Relianz Forex, this tournament has been a cherished tradition for 26 years, played with an incrediball over a 20-over format.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Probasee faced a tough challenge against the accurate bowling of the Deccan Acers. Despite the pressure, contributions from Nishant Murali (8), Sai Karnan (7), and captain Rahul Banerjee (7) helped Probasee post a modest total of 52 runs before being bowled out in the 18th over.
Probasee XI that was on the playing field in the finals
Probasee's bowlers started strongly, led by Rohan Kundu and Kartik Banerjee, who restricted Deccan to 11-3 after 8 overs with disciplined bowling. Shovik Nandi maintained the pressure with a stellar performance, claiming 3 wickets for 11 runs. Tushar Bhowmik and Nishant Murali also made crucial breakthroughs, securing victory for Probasee with their bowling figures of 2-9 and 0-12 respectively.
The triumph in the final epitomized Probasee's season, marked by a collective team effort. While Anshuman Bhaduri received the individual award for best fielder, the season witnessed various players stepping up at different stages.
Having participated in the tournament since its inception, Probasee boasts a rich history, reaching a total of 7 finals and clinching the cup 3 times, in 2004, 2018, and 2024. This year, the team received support from K2 Consultants, Mai Trip, ACMI, and Netbridge.
Probasee celebrating three wins: 2004, 2018, and 2024
For Probasee members, the tournament holds a special significance, bringing the community together. Originating from Bengalis living outside Bengal in India, the team garnered enthusiastic support from a large crowd during the grand final, which undoubtedly played a role in their victory.