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By: HK Hejmady
Mulki Billava Mahamandala lifts Billava International Cricket trophy
Mulki, Feb. 28th, 2016::  Mulki National Billava Mahamandala won the Billava Trophy-2016 by defeating Billava Sangha, Kuwait, by 9 wickets.  They won the cash prize of Rs. 3 lakhs along with the trophy and whereas the runners-up Kuwait team won the cash prize of Rs. 2 lakhs along with the runners-up trophy.    The tournament was held on Saturday and Sunday at Mulki Vijaya College grounds.
Batting first in the finals, the Kuwait team scored 28 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their allotted 6 overs.  Mulki Billava Mahamandala surpassed the score with 33 runs for the loss of 1 wicket with 5 balls to spare. 

Arjun from Mulki Billava Mahamandala team won the best bowler award in the finals and also won the man of the series award for his allround performance throughout the tournament.  Best bowler award went to Shailesh from Kuwait team.

The Kuwait team had reached the finals by defeating Billavas Dubai team; whreas the Mulki Billava Mahamandala team reached the finals by defeating Delhi Billava Association. 

Delhi Billava Association president Jayaram Banan gave away the prizes to the winners.

In order to bring all Billava Associations under one roof, the three most prominent Billava personalities - Bharat Bank Chairman Jaya C. Suvarna, Mumbai Billava Jagruti Balaga founder president Sooru C. Karkera and Akhila Bharata Billava Union president Naveenchandra D. Suvarna were felicitated together during the valedictory function.  Thereby the foundation was laid for the  unity of all associations.

Mumbai Billava Association president Nityanand D. Kukkian, Dubai Billavas president Sathish Poojary, Bahrain Guru Seva Samiti president Rajkumar, Muscat Bilavas president S.K. Poojary, Kuwait Bullava Sangha's Raghu Poojary, Mumbai Billava Jagruti Balaga president N.T. Poojary, Gujarat Billava Sangha president Dayanand Bontra, Bengalur Billava Association president M. Vedakumar, Yuvavahini Central committee president Santhosh Kumar, Mangalore Yuva Vedike president Lohith Kumar, Udupi Billava Parishat's Deepak Yermal, Akhila Bharata Billavara Ekikarana Samiti president Ravi Poojary Chilimbi, Yuva Jagruti Balaga's Nilesh Poojary Palimar, Billava Kreeda Samiti working president Chandrashekhar Suvarna, convenor Bipin Prasad, secretary Vijay Kumar Kubevoor and treasurer Harishchandra Amin were the chief guests. 

Manohar Amin, Y. Uday Kumar, Kavita Poojary, Chaitra D.. Sanil, Nitin Mulki, Shamina G. Alva and Aslam Karnad were felicitated during the occasion.

Samiti president and film actor Rajshekhar Kotian welcomed the guests.  Co-convenor Narendra Kerekadu compered.