In just its second season, the Friendship Cup featured teams from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Australian Army, South Australian Police Cricket Club (SAPCC) and a team of International Students from Study Adelaide.
“It is a really important event for SACA, not only does it form part of our ongoing Cricket World Cup Legacy program, it also allows us to engage with these emerging markets and support the participation of local community groups,” said Shane Bernhardt, General Manager - Cricket Operations.
The day began with a lot of colour and noise as Nepal easily accounted for the Australian Army, before the Army got one back in an additional eight-over affair.
It was a much closer contest between the International Students and SAPCC, with the latter claiming a nail-biting one-run victory.
President of South Australia Police Cricket Club (SAPCC), Jarrad Sykes said he believes the Friendship Cup provides the opportunity to engage with the community.
“We’re just really keen to get involved with as many community groups, including the Army, to develop and build relationships,” said Sykes.
Following a MILO in2CRICKET clinic for kids on Railways Oval, India and Pakistan played off in the marquee match. Chasing 147 to claim their first Friendship Cup, Pakistan put on an entertaining display of cricket but it wasn’t enough, falling 20 runs short of the total set by India.
“This is also a very good opportunity for us to mix with the [Army and Police] departments and it’s all about friendship,” said Labeeb Ahmed, Vice Chairperson of the Pakistani Australian Association of South Australia (PAASA).
Spectators were then treated to post-match entertainment featuring Nepalese dancers, whilst a range of food options were available throughout the day.