BY: Dr. Sayed Ziauddin
- SULEMAN OF APEX HEROICS AMASS MAMMOTH 282 TO DOWN TMCC
Apex Freight asked to bat first against Transparent Mask CC blasted huge 282 for 5 in allotted 20 overs, the highest tally in this Tournament. Mohammed Suleman literally blasted the bowlers with 134 in mere 54 balls studded with 25 fours and a six (106 runs), his fifty in 16 balls and hundred in 34 balls, as he first stitched 195 in 76 balls for the opening stand with Mohammed Naeem who made 61 in 31 balls with 8 fours and a six. Qaiser Noor made 21, Usman 21 not out and Saeed 14. Ali of TMCC grabbed 3 for 51.
Transparent Mask CC in reply with an asking required run rate of 14.15 runs per over could make 158 for 6 in stipulated 20 overs to lose the encounter by big 124 runs. Mohammed saeed was the top scorer with 46 in 36 balls with 4 fours and a six. Earlier Gulam Ghouse hit 38 in 27 balls with 6 fours as he stitched 51 in 28 balls for the 2nd wkt with Altaaf Hussain who made 32 in 17 balls with 6 fours after the departure of Mohammed Tahir (15) at 27 for 1. Sardar and Zahid had 2 scalps each.
- SUPER CC SUCCESSFULLY CHASED AGAINST YOUNG STRIKERS
Young Strikers deciding to use the track first against Super CC after calling the coin correctly managed 178 for 5 in allotted 20 overs on Ground # 7. Sibtain Ali who scored 63 in 42 balls with 7 fours stitched together a wonderful 134 in 79 balls for the opening stand with Tariq Siddiqui who contributed 69 in 39 balls with 8 fours and a six to provide a reasonably sound start. After a better start they lost 4 wkts within 14 runs to be tottering at 148 for 4 and then 5th at 156. After a good start they should have crossed 200 mark but the fall of quick wkts was undoing for them. Zubair Naseer was unbeaten on 19. Ahsan was the pick of the Bowlers for Super CC with 4 vital wkts for 22 and he was the major reason for restricting the opponents in the last session.
Super Cc chasing a formidable score batted well to reach the winning target of 179 for 5 in 116 balls to win by 5 wkts with 4 balls to spare. Opener and lanky blaster hit 56 in 24 balls with 3 sixes and 8 fours as he added 71 in 40 balls for the opening stand with Sithik who made 24 in 28 balls with 2 fours. Ahsan who remained unbeaten with 25 stitched together 51 in 36 balls for the 5th wkt with Sheraz who contributed 27 in 20 balls after Super CC was reduced to 112 for 4 from 102 for 1. Aamir was unbeaten on 13.
- MARKHOUR XI STUNS SAUDI XI IN A HIGH SCORING ENCOUNTER
Al Saudi XI with a strong batting line enforced by the inclusion of Kashif Shafeeq chose to bat first could get to 206 for 6 in allotted 20 overs on Ground # 9 against Markhour XI. Kashif Shafeeq hit 50 in 25 balls with 11 hits to the fence as he added 63 runs in 38 balls for the opening stand with Nadeem Saad who made 24 in 23 balls with 3 fours. Mazhar Abbasi then hammered 63 in 39 balls with 2 sixes and 4 fours to cross the 200 + mark as Nazeer and Nayyar made 20 each. Farhan was the pick of the Bowlers for Markhour with 4 wkts for 38.
Markhour chasing huge target achieved the victory target of 209 for 2 in 111 balls to win by 8 wkts with 9 balls to remain. Raqeeb batted magnificently well for his unbeaten 89 in 51 balls with the help of 2 sixes and 12 fours as he first added 101 runs in 43 balls for the opening stand with Farhan who hit 10 fours and a six to compile 56 in 25 balls and then 99 runs in 68 balls for the unbroken 3rdwkt with Imran who contributed unbeaten 38 in 31 balls with 3 fours to win. Its quite commendable on the part of Markhour to chase a big target of 209 to win with so much of ease and composure and against strong opponents.
- BUPA XI HAD A NARROW ESCAPE AGAINST SADAFCO
Bupa XI asked to bat first by the opponents was bowled out for 131 on Ground # 8 against Sadafco. It was just pathetic batting display by the batters as only 3 batters could cross the double digits including Waseem Mehar emerged the top scorer of the match with 47 in 27 balls with 2 sixes and 3 fours, Rana Adnan 28 in 25 balls with a six and 3 fours and Shahnawaz Kashmiri 16. Nazim grabbed 3 for 32, Feroze and Tauseef 2 wkts each. Bupa XI lost wkts in a heap from 96 for 2 in the 12th over to be reduced to 131 all out.
Sadafco expected to overpower with ease just could not perform with the bat to be bundled out for 130 to lose the match by just ONE run. If the Bupa batting was bad then Sadafco was worse. Salman Magsi made 18, Umair Sayed 26 in 27 balls with 4 fours, Ahmed Mugheri 33 in 29 balls and Rana Nazim 16. Sadafco lost wkts on a regular basis but still the target was quite small and achievable and the Sadafco Collapse was unexplainable under the circumstances. But again Sadafco is a formidable team to bounce back but what is surprising is Sadafco about couple of week ago had a similar collapse against Super CC on the same Ground. Waseem Mehar with fine all round performance scalped 3 for 15 and Shoaib Jutt 2.