Mangaluru: The Nawayath Cricket League, held at the 'Perfect Pass' sports arena in Mangaluru, concluded on Wednesday with Ruknuddin Challengers emerging as the tournament winners, while Bhatkal Cricket Friends (BCF) secured the runners-up position.

The three-day tournament featured an intense final match between these two top-performing teams, who advanced to the final stage following an IPL-styled playoffs. Team Pinch Hitters secured the third-place position in the tournament after losing the Qualifier-2 match against BCF.

The captain of BCF Farjad Nilawar received recognition as the Best Batsman of the Tournament and was also honored as the Player of the Tournament. Additionally, Amaan Katpadi of Ruknuddin Challengers was awarded the title of Best Bowler of the Tournament.

Runner up: BCF team with their trophy

During the closing ceremony, the title sponsor, 'Spider Group,' was represented by prominent businessman Aziz Akrami. He extended his congratulations to all participating teams and players for their sportsmanship and dedication displayed throughout the tournament. He also commended the organizers for bringing together young athletes and working professionals from Bhatkal and its surrounding areas who currently reside in Mangaluru, fostering camaraderie among them despite being away from their hometowns.

The closing ceremony featured the presence of other guests, including Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Secretary Nasir Samanige, Congress member Umer Naseef, Fahad Shabandri, Gufran, Dr. Aatif, and others.

The Nawayath Cricket League is an exclusive cricket event designed for students and young professionals originating from Bhatkal and its nearby regions, currently residing in Mangaluru. The tournament received support from prominent Bhatkal businessmen Arshad Mohtisham and Imtiyaz Damda, among other notable sponsors.

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Ankara (AP): A moderately strong earthquake struck northwest Turkiye on Monday, sending people out into the streets in fear. There was no immediate report of injuries or damage.

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake was centred in the Sea of Marmara, off the town of Gemlik in Bursa province, according to the disaster management agency, AFAD. It struck at 10:42 a.m. local time (07:42 GMT), at a depth of some 9 kilometres.

HaberTurk television said it was felt in Istanbul and other nearby regions where people left homes and offices in fear.

In February, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated 11 southern and southeastern Turkish provinces as well as part of northern Syria. More than 50,000 people were killed in Turkiye.