Thinley Namgay   

Anju Gurung’s team Falcons are leading the tournament with nine points from three games in the ongoing first world FairBreak Invitational Women’s T20 Cricket tournament in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Falcons lost their third game on May 7 against Spirit by 27 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and secured only one point.

Spirit snatched 147 runs with the fall of three wickets in 20 overs. However, Falcons managed 120 runs with the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs.  Anju Gurung made 43 runs in four overs.

On May 6, Falcons defeated Barmy Army by eight wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Falcons acquired 156 runs in 17.5 overs with the loss of only two wickets. But the opponent made only 152 runs in 20 overs with the fall of three wickets. Anju contributed 17 runs in three overs.

The vice-captain of Bhutan women’s cricket team, Anju Gurung said her performance is improving every day. “It is an exciting experience to be part of the tournament. It is a moment to remember and more history to create.”

Ninety players from 35 countries are competing in the 10-day tournament that began on May 4.

These 90 players are divided into six teams with 15 players each to promote gender equality. It is also a platform for the women cricketers to learn and interact with each other and carry that experience in their respective countries.

Falcons have cricketers from 15 countries led by former Australian cricketer Joanne Broadbent as the coach.

In the opening game on May 4, the Falcons faced the Warriors at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Falcons won by eight wickets and got four points.

In the 20 overs game, Falcons acquired 178 runs with the fall of two wickets in 18.4 overs. However, the Warriors could grab 177 runs with the loss of two wickets in 20 overs.

Anju, who featured in the first 11 bowled two overs (12 balls) and gave away 23 runs.

Cricket officials said her opening game wasn’t the best.

The tournament is in collaboration with Cricket Hongkong. It was supposed to be held in Hongkong but was shifted to Dubai due to the pandemic restrictions in Hongkong.

Bhutan Cricket’s chief executive officer, Damber S Gurung said: “It is a good experience for her to play against the top players in the world. I am sure that Anju will learn a lot from this tournament.”

“After this tournament, she will be in a better position to represent the national team,” Damber S Gurung said.