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Latest: Challengers Cup 2016

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With the Challengers Cup returning to the ICC Academy this week, DBMSC and the Soup Boyz got off to the perfect start, winning their opening matches to hit the ground running.

While DBMSC enjoyed a 10-run win over Valtorque-A after they’d put up a very impressive 78 runs on the board, the Soup Boyz were pushed all the way by the Ultimate Fighters (66), winning only by four runs.

The latest edition of the Challengers Cup features many new teams. Debutants Alec Warriors tasted victory in their opening match against the DIB Avengers, their score of 62 enough to give them a nine-run win.

Evergreen too showed their batting prowess: their superb score of 98 runs from 15 overs gave them a handsome 19-run win over The Cricketers, while CBD (72) saw off newcomers BAFCO with a 15-run win.

Khaleej Times are now regulars at the Home of Elite Cricket, but fell prey to the Falcons (87), who were excellent in their 13-run win. Coca-Cola, championship winners in the past, also began with a handsome 21-run win over ENOC 1 (44).

However, ENOC were able to salvage some pride on the day, with ENOC 2 (90) posting a huge 54-win over Axiom Telecom. There was no such fortune for The Cricketers, though: they lost their second game to Intl XI (84) by 23 runs.

Soup Boyz have taken the Challengers Cup by storm in the league stages

Soup Boyz have taken the Challengers Cup by storm in the league stages

But Khaleej Times were able to even the odds in a superb win against AW Rostamani. Put in to bat first, AW Rostamani could only manage 38 runs from their 15 overs. In response, the journalists put up a mammoth total of 107 runs, bringing the first day of the new season of the Challengers Cup to a great close.

With the arrival of the new year, activity at the ICC Academy has once again picked up in full swing. The teams from the Pakistan Super League and Masters Cricket League are both training here, while the residential Warriors and Cricket Cub programmes have both resumed apace.