JAMMU: The finals and closing ceremony of Jammu Premiere League, Tawi Cup, Phase-II cricketing extravaganza concluded at MA Stadium in a well attended and hugely successful function. Honorable Minister of State for Sports & Youth Affairs, Shri R S Chib graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Lt Gen AS Nandal, GOC 16 Corps and a host of civil and military dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The first phase of the tournament was conducted in Feb and Mar 2012 with 138 teams across the Jammu region taking part in intra district matches. The 10 districts of Jammu, Doda, Kishtwar, Akhnoor, Rajouri, Poonch, Udhampur, Reasi, Samba and Kathua fielded their teams. The best 16 district teams were then selected for the next phase.
The second phase of the tournament started as the largest sporting event in Jammu Division, at General Zorawar Singh Sports Stadium Reasi on 17 April 2012 with Honorable Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr NN Vohra being the Chief Guest.
The tournament was divided into four pools and 31 league matches were held at Doda, Reasi, Akhnoor, Poonch and Jammu. The four teams which made it to the semi finals were Jammu Jaanbaaz, Poonch Thunderbolts, Kathua Knights and Jammu Riders. Finally, Jammu Riders lifted the prestigious Tawi Cup, while Jammu Jaanbaaz were the Runner Up.
Shri RS Chib, Minister of State for Sports and Youth affairs of Jammu and Kashmir, gave away the prizes to the winning team Jammu Riders, the runners up Jammu Jaanbaaz, man of the match Sameer Khajuria of Jammu Riders and man of the tournament Munish Dogra of Jammu Jaanbaaz. The winning team bagged a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh were given to the runners-up. The best three players of the tournament would be recommended for training in renowned cricket academies of the country.
The Army organized an impressive closing ceremony in which Dog Show, Horse Show, Brass Band and Mass Band Displays enthralled the audience.
Shri RS Chib, Honorable Minister of State for Sports & Youth Affairs, in his speech lauded the efforts of the Army and the civil administration in organizing such a massive event with perfection. He also appreciated the players for their fervent participation in the competition.