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Avengers dominate 2020 N.L. cricket season

The Avengers dominated the Cricket Newfoundland and Labrador 2020 season, going through unbeaten at 16-0 in 40-and-over tournament play featuring four clubs, and the T20 league with seven clubs.
The Avengers dominated the Cricket Newfoundland and Labrador 2020 season, going through unbeaten at 16-0 in 40-and-over tournament play featuring four clubs, and the T20 league with seven clubs.

Cricket Newfoundland and Labrador recently clewed up its 2020 season with the final Division 1 matches played, and awards presented.

The season start was delayed a month due to COVID-19, with matches starting in early July following strict health protocols. Two competitions were held, the longer format a 40-and-over tournament featuring four clubs, and the T20 league, where two new clubs competed, expanding the league to seven clubs.

Both competitions were dominated by the Avengers, who went through the season without a defeat in either format (16-0).

The 40-and-over tournament was secured by the narrowest of margins, with a one-run victory over the Royal Challengers. The T20 tournament split into two divisions after a first round, where all teams played each other. The Division II title was won by the Hurricanes, a new club, with the Avengers winning the Division I championship, defeating the Super Kings.

The Avengers’ Rahul Vashishtha was a standout this season, scoring over 1,100 runs in the two competitions combined. Late in the season, he scored 718 runs in seven innings, 51 per cent of his team’s runs.

Vashishtha was named league MVP for both 20-and-over- and 40-and-over competitions.

Other awards included:

20-and-over league

Best bat: Ali Raza

Best bowler: Mukul Diwan

Best fielder: Aakash Singh

40-and-over league

Best bat: Gurman Khurana/ Aryan Falke

Best bowler: Wahidur Rahman

Best fielder: Abid Hassan

Most Spirited player awards (one per club)

Avengers: Kathan Shah

Stars: Irtiza Dar

Hurricanes: Wahidur Rahman

Newfoundland Super Kings: Aditya Dave

Eagles: Samad Quddusi

Tigers: Mohammed Zilani

Royal Challengers: Aryan Falke

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