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Colombo wins Cathay Pacific Six-A-Side cricket tournament

CRICKET: Cathay Pacific Airways, Colombo showed their cricketing prowess in a truly Sri Lankan fashion by winning the Trophy at the recently concluded Cathay Pacific Six-A-Side cricket tournament while the Dubai 'A' team emerged as the runners-up.

This cricket tournament is an annual event in the Cathay calendar and it was held in Sri Lanka for the very first time with the participation of 12 teams from India, Pakistan, UAE, Bangladesh, South Africa, Dubai and Bahrain with their respective Country Managers in attendance.

While the winning team was awarded the Cathay Pacific Championships Trophy many other awards were presented to outstanding players.

Warnaka Wijeratne from Sri Lanka won the Best Batsman's award and Sanjay Yadev from Delhi was adjudged as the Best Bowler. Best Fielder's prize was awarded to Vilburn Rodrigues from Dubai. Man of the Series was Nihal Mohamed, also from Dubai.

Commenting about the sports event Warnaka Wijeratne said, "I was thrilled to be awarded with the Best Batsman's trophy at my first ever Cathay cricket encounter. I think this type of events not only help build team spirit but also the understanding among staff members of different countries. I'm happy to be working for an airline that promotes human connections through these type of events."

All teams were hosted for dinner at Mount Lavinia Hotel where the awards were given to the winners by Tom Wright, General Manager Middle East, India and Africa. Julian Lyden, Country Manager for Cathay Pacific Colombo and Maldives said, "Cathay Colombo is honoured to host the Cathay cricket teams in Sri Lanka and it has indeed been a pleasure interacting with staff and players of these countries.

It has been a great exercise where team spirit and understanding was practised using sports a common link. I'm very proud of the victory of the Colombo team and we are indeed looking forward to the next encounter."



Gamin Gamata - Presidential Community & Welfare Service
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