LAHORE – Shamsa Hashmi with her superb all-round performance steered Garrison Club to a historic win over Kinnaird Club in the sixth Lahore Region Senior Inter-district Women Cricket Tournament final here at the Kinnaird College ground on Friday.

Though the final match was played in a very colourful environment and proved an interesting one to the whole crowd yet it was lacking a lot of arrangements as no regional representative was there to take responsibility of handling various things which were making this interesting match a dull one.

MPA Khawaja Imran Nazir was the chief guest at the occasion and distrusted trophies and certificates among the top performers. Garrison Club, batting first, cracked 136 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 40 overs. Shamsa Hashmi played brilliantly and smashed 58 runs and was ably assisted by Nosheen Akbar and Beenish Javed. Namra Imran bagged three wickets for 15 runs while Hina Azamand Elizabeth Khan took two wickets each for 21 and 25 runs respectively.

Kinnaird Club, in reply, played well and tried their best to win the match but Garrison Club bowler Shamsa Hashmi and Mahlaka Mansoor bowled superbly and restricted their opponents to 124 runs in 38.1 overs. Farah Naeem played consistent and brilliant innings and made 44 runs and Bushra Ashraf made 19.

Talking to this scribe, women of the match Shamsa said: “I was invited by my own club Garrison to play for them so I accepted the invitation and now through my performance I not only shown my fitness but also helped my team to clinch the great victory. Such events help the upcoming players a chance to groom and make them physically and mentally strong.”

APWA team captain Bushra Kausar said that such events helped a lot to hunt talented girls as Lahore region was full of talented and brilliant players. Garrison Club sports in-charge said that umpiring during the event was substandard and many wrong decisions were made by umpires. She urged that the PCB must trained women umpires so that they might have good umpires and umpiring during the regional events.

Brief scores:

Garrison Club: 136/9 in 40 overs (Shamsa Hashmi 58, Nosheen Akbar 14*, Beenish Javed 12*; Namra Imran 3/15, Hina Azam 2/21, Elizabeth Khan 2/25)

Kinnaird Club: 124 all out in 38.1 overs (Farah Naeem 44, Bushra Ashraf 19; Shamsa Hashmi 3/15, Mahlaka Mansoor 1/16, Sabahat Rasheed 2/16).