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Negeri Sembilan recaptures Teachers Cup for a record fourth time

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07/22/2019

Negeri Sembilan recaptures Teachers Cup for a record fourth time

Kinrara Oval, December 18, 2018

Educators walked the talk as they took centre-stage at the MCA MOE Teachers Cup as Negeri Sembilan emerged champions for a record-extending fourth time at the Kinrara Oval on Tuesday.

Negeri Sembilan, who won the first three editions of the tournament, finished top of the top-tier Super League standings after going unbeaten in four round-robin matches to collect seven points.

Kedah ended runners-up with four points, followed by Selangor and Pahang on three points each. Johor, the 2017 champions, were relegated after finishing bottom with one point.

Perak won the Premier League title to earn promotion to the Super League just a year after being relegated when they defeated debutants Sabah in the final.

The fifth edition of the tournament saw the participation of 13 teams, three more than last year, and 218 players.

Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) president Mahinda Vallipuram praised the enthusiasm and spirit shown by educators during the four-day tournament held at Kinrara and the Selangor Turf Club.

“This is a very important date for us every year in holding this tournament for teachers, and we are not just supportive but also appreciate of their contributions,” said Mahinda.

“MCA have grown from strength to strength through the contribution of teachers. We have grown from having cricket played in 250 schools in 2012 to over 800 now.

“Our target is to reach 1,000 schools and increase cricket centres across the country, which would not be possible without the involvement of teachers.”

Ministry of Education sports department director Zainal Abas highlighted the fact that the Teachers Cup is a unique tournament in the country with MCA the only national sport association to hold such an event exclusively for educators.

“Not even football or badminton, the two major national sport associations in the country, hold a tournament just for teachers,” said Zainal, who gave away prizes to the winning teams.

“Teachers are important because they are the first ones to teach cricket to children and play an important role in introducing the sport and inculcating a sports culture.”


FINAL STANDINGS

SUPER LEAGUE
Champions: Negeri Sembilan
Runners-up: Kedah
Third: Selangor
Fourth: Pahang
Fifth: Johor

PREMIER LEAGUE
Champions: Perak
Runners-up: Sabah
Third: Melaka
Fourth: Johor B
Fifth: Perak B
Sixth: Terengganu
Seventh: Kelantan


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