JEDDAH: Usman Qurashi
Saturday 21 July 2012
Last Update 21 July 2012 12:40 pm
Crown Steel emerged champion in the WPCA Summer Premier Cup beating archrival My Care Hala, Hala Academy Blue thrashed AOT by 8 wickets in the final to lift the Afternoon Summer Cup while Al Mazroi defeated Al Saudi Xi for the Morning title.
After the finals a glittering Prize distribution ceremony took place with famed Pakistan hockey player Shahbaz Senior as the chief guest.
Crown Steel started with quick runs but lost early wickets of Shafeeq for 21, Hammad Saeed for 25 and Zubaid 19. Later, consistent Abid Naseem made valuable 51 off 37 balls and he added 52 runs for the third wicket with Babar Hussain, who stroked 45 in 17 deliveries, to put their team on 146. Finally, Abuhuraira hit 12 and Aftab Khan scored 18 runs to achieve 198 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs. Waqas grabbed 2-21, Kashif took 2-35 and Umar 2-54.
My Care Hala chasing lost wickets at regular intervals with only Waheed Nisar Ali batting with determination and concentration without any substantial support from the other end as MCH batsmen procession continued.
Waheed Ali top-scored with 61 with the help of 5 fours and a six but not enough to achieve the winning target as My Care Hala was bowled out for 181 to lose by 17 runs.
Khurram Karamat made 20, Waqas 17 and Kashif 15. Abu Huraira took 3-20, Aijaz Mitha 3-28, Aftab Khan 2-37 and a wicket each to Hammad Saeed and Shafeeq. Abu Huraira was Man of the Match. Waseeq Sherwani and Saleem were the umpires for this match.
Awards: Best Batsman Kashif Shafeeq (My Care & Hala), Best Bowler Shoaib Ali (Dopco Stars) , Best WK Nadeem ( APF) Man of the Tournament: Syed Wajahat Shah (APF), Men of the Semifinals Kashif Shafeeq (MCH) and Abu Huraira (Crown Steel), Hat trick awardee Samer (Zultec), Man of the Final Abu Huraira.
Batting first, AOT lost wickets in a heap against some disciplined bowling by Hala Academy as Abdul Rafey, who was later adjudged the Man of the match, took 3 for 9, Haider 2-25 and wicket each to Ramzan and Shahbaz to bundle out the opponents for mere 100. Malik Hasnain and Rafeeq made identical 19 and Hamza Shahid 18.
Hala Academy Blue reached the target of 101 in 63 balls with 8 wickets in hand as Mohammmed Amjad stroked unbeaten 51 with 6 fours and a six, Talha made 18 and Usman unbeaten 14. Zakir Habeeb took one wicket. The match was supervised by Akram and Arshad Chohan.
Awards: Best Batsman Shahid (AOT), Best Bowler Shahbaz Manu (Hala Academy Blue), Best WK Mohammed Khan (Hala Academy Blue), Player of the Tournament Shahid (AOT), Men of the Semifinals Uzair and Saim Sherwani, Man of the Final Abdul Rafey (Hala Academy Blue).
Al Saudi XI invited Al Mazroi Xi to bat first in a decision it regretted as Mazroi batsmen plundered runs at will.
Kifayat went early but Faisal smashed 96 with the help of 11 fours and 2 sixes and added 116 with prolific Sufiyan Laheri who stroked 47 off 30 to lay the foundation for a mammoth total. Faruk made 29 to get the total to 201 for 5 in the allotted 20 overs.
Al Saudi XI had Ghayour Sajjad in prime touch to smash 90 in 50 balls studded with 6 fours and 5 huge sixes but he could not get any support from the other end with only Zeeshan making 18 and Ahmed 12 to be stranded at 159 for 7 and lose by 42 runs.
Mazroi has the distinction of reaching the final in all tournaments this year winning two of them. Faizan took 2-18 and a wicket each went to Man of the Match Faisal, Sufiyan and Farooque. Nadeem Shabbir and Idrees umpired the match.
Awards: Best Batsman Ghayour Sajjad (Al Saudi XI), Best Bowler Nadeem Nadwi (Al Saudi XI), Best WK Ghayour Sajjad, Man of the Tournament Ghayour Sajjad, Man of the Final Faisal (Al Mazroi).
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