Muscat: With the exit of all former champions and runners-up Royal Challengers the fifth edition of the HCC Winter Cup will witness the birth of a new champion when the tournament comes to a close this Friday.
The teams in contention for the trophy are Al Faisal, Century, Asfandyar and United Metal who have made it to the last four stage. The final will be held immediately after the completion of the semifinals.Asfaydyar who thrashed Al Ithihad by 29 runs will meet United Metal who defeated last year's runners-up Royal Challengers a game which went down to the wire and had to be decided by a Super over, in the first semifinal match of the day.
Al Faisal the tournament favourites crushed Taiseer by nine wickets in their quarterfinal match to set up a semifinal clash with Century Cricketers who registered a two wicket win against Coastal CC. In the second round matches held earlier Al Ithihad beat Alliance Wadi KAbir by eight wickets while Asfandayar qualified without a ball being bowled as the Al Khoud team did not turn up as a result Asfandyar was given a walkover. Golden Toss then lost to Century Cricketers by 31 runs and United Metal then defeated Challengers XI by three wickets.
Ajay Ganti CEO, Sarco, Arshad Iqbal of RBK, Vijay Godi of Shamel and Imran Kazi of Genserv will be present during the prize-giving ceremony and will hand over the trophies to the winners and runners-up.