The Sun had not yet risen up to the horizon when a group of
children aged between ten and nineteen, belonging to the SOS Village gathered
in the ground next to the School Of Chemical and Materials Engineering (SCME),
welcomed by students from NUST.
The SOS Cricket Challenge was organized by the NUST
Community Services Club on Saturday, December 10, 2016 and December 17, 2016.
The event started out with a match played between the SOS Village children. A
sense of competition wafted through the cool air as both sides tried to outplay
and defeat the other. The match ended with refreshments being served to the
As the Sun rose to its highest position in the sky, so did
the stakes. The SOS children were now going to take on the NUST students. This
was a matter of SOS being up against NUST. And so the match started.
SOS began its innings with a smooth batting spell
culminating in a target of seventy-one. Soon after, the NUST team began its
chase, effortlessly edging closer and closer to the target, only to be stopped
dead in its tracks by the SOS bowlers when three of its proficient batsmen were
taken out. The match ended with SOS emerging as the victors.
After the match, the tension in the atmosphere was diffused
away as the guests began introducing themselves and interacting with the SOS
children. An arm wrestling challenge was also conducted, in which those that
lost the cricket matches tried to get rid of their frustration by beating their
The event ended with the guests being shown around NUST and
The children had come to NUST eager to play cricket with
these people that were strangers. When they stepped out of its gates, they left
with hopes of coming back again and smiles painted across their faces by the
same strangers that were now thought of fondly as friends and family.