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Springfield School will take on Qadri Public School in the first semifinal of the Omar Trophy Inter-School Cricket Tournament 2016, being organized by the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA), at the National Stadium Karachi on November 11.
The other semifinal will be played between Fahad Academy and Kamran Public School at the same venue on November 12 while the curtain will fall on the two and a half month event with the final and the prize distribution ceremony, also to be staged at the National Stadium on November 13
Rasheed Khan and Wasimuddin will be standing as umpires in the first semifinal while Nazir Butt and Mohammad Asghar will be the two umpires in the second semifinal. Rasheed Khan and Wasimuddin will also supervise the final and Mohammad Imran will continue to be the official scorer in the last three games of the tournament.
Like the previous matches, the semifinals as well as the final will also be limited to 40 overs per innings and no bowler will be permitted to bowl more than eight overs in a match whereas in order to encourage fast bowlers, the teams will not be allowed to use spinners during the first six overs.
In the quarter-finals, held at the Naya Nazimabad Lawai Stadium, Springfield School knocked down the defending champions, Beaconhouse School System, by 46 runs, Fahad Academy edged out Ebrahim Ali Bhai School by four wickets, Kamran Public School whipped Oasis Secondary School by 89 runs and Qadri Public School overpowered St Patrick High School by six wickets.
Beaconhouse School System, Fahad Academy, Qadri Model School, Oasis English Secondary School, Springfield School, Ebrahim Ali Bhai School, St Patrick High School and Kamran Public School had emerged champions in Groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H respectively, at the end of the league matches, to qualify for the quarter-finals.
This is for the eighth time when the PVCA has successfully organized the Inter-Schools tournament in Karachi, having launched it with resounding success in 1999. The event is being sponsored by Omar Associates (Pvt) Ltd with Bank Alfalah Ltd being the co-sponsors.