UAE cricket in brief: Ahmed bowls Tigers to victory over Al Jabeen

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Close victory: Alubond Tigers registered a narrow win over Al Jabeen.

Sheraz Ahmed bagged three crucial wickets as Alubond Tigers edged past Al Jabeen by 10 runs in a Group C match in the Aseel Islamic Finance 26th Sharjah Ramadan Cup at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Electing to bat first, Alubond Tigers were bowled out for 127 in 19.5 overs. Zakir Malik’s 18-ball 20 and Umair Ali Khan (22) consolidated the innings, after they had lost early wickets.

Despite the slow scoring rate, the Tigers put on a decent total with contributions also from Nasir Aziz (10) and Ahmed (13).

In reply, Al Jabeen’s Yaqoob Masih smashed 19 off 10 deliveries while Amit Verma gave him good support with a run-a-ball 20.

Yasir Khalim added 20 more runs, but Ahmed picked up three quick wickets to turn the fortunes in Alubond Tigers’ favour.

Al Jabeen seal five-run win in low scoring game

Al Jabeen registered a close fiverun win over Al Faraa in the 6th Al Dhaid Ramadan Tournament.

Batting first, Al Jabeen saw only four of their batsmen come good in a total of 113 in 20 overs.

While Yaqoob Mashi topscored (33) Shivam Sharma chipped in with a quick 23 off 19 balls.

With the middle order failing to contribute, Nasim Khan (18) and Imran Munir (12) did well towards the end to add to the total.

In reply, Al Faraa openers Tahir Mughal (5) and Ijaz Bashir (4) fell early, but Shezad Malik and Imran Maqsood put the team back into contention with a 67-run stand for the third wicket.

But once the partnership was broken, the other batsmen struggled to score as Al Faraa managed to reach 108 for five in 20 overs.

Wings fly into last eight with six-wicket victory

Wings, Yogi Group and Alubond Tigers advanced to the quarter-finals of the Onashi Trading Pan Global Development Ramadan Twenty20 Cup.

Wings won by six wickets with a ball to spare over Seven Seas at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

Sajjad Kharaki (17 n.o) and Ryan Hinds (13 n.o) helped Wings achieve the 163-run target.

Meanwhile, UAE internationals Shahzad Manna and Salman Faris (56), together with Abid Ali (40), contributed to Yogi’s total of 218-5 to give them a resounding 121-run win over Corniche Beach Club in Group A.

Manna followed his unbeaten century against Brooks in the first game with a 35-ball 72 runs.

Elsewhere, Sultan Ahmed and Nasir Aziz took three wickets apiece to set up the Tigers’ sevenwicket victory over Al Faraa in Group B.

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Butt stars in Al Faraa win over Unicon

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Big win: Al Faraa excelled with both the bat and ball at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Al Faraa beat Unicon Real Estate by 42 runs in the Aseel Islamic Finance 26th Sharjah Ramadan Cup 2014 Twenty20 Tournament at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Choosing to bat first, Al Faraa amassed 151 for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs. Adnan Butt was the top scorer with a fine 37-ball 34 consisting of two boundaries and a six while Tahir Mughal and Faisan Asif made significant contributions with quickfire knocks of 29 and 25 respectively.

Shahzad Malik smashed 25 from as many balls while Baber Bashir was 12 not out from eight balls. For Unicon, Asad Ansari and Maaz Ansari claimed two wickets each.

In reply, Unicon lost four wickets with just 35 runs on the board, with both Sajjad Ahmed (12) and Naseeb Gul (13) failing to make big contributions after good starts.

With Unicon in a spot of bother, Zeeshan Akmal ignited some hopes with a 19-ball 36. Abu Bakkar took 12 balls for his 22 runs. But with wickets tumbling at regular intervals, Unicon were shot out for 109 in 18.2 overs.

Mujahid Amin was the successful bowler for Al Faraa pocketing three wickets in his four overs while Fayyaz Ahmed and Imran Maqsood bagged two wickets.

Easy victory for Phoenix

Phoenix Medicine beat Al Faraa by seven wickets in the 6th Al Dhaid Ramadan Tournament at Al Dhaid Cricket Village.

Chasing 102 for victory, Phoenix lost their first wicket cheaply after Hafiz Kassim departed for just eight. Rohan Mustafa hit two boundaries and a six for his 19 from just 10 balls to put Phoenix Medicine back on track.

Mohammad Rizwan was unbeaten on 29 from 36 deliveries while Shoaib Lagari smashed a 25-ball 36 as Phoenix Medicine got past the target in the 14th over.

Huzruk stars for Jumeirah

Faizal Huzruk helped Jumeirah Group salvage some pride in their final group game with an unbeaten 58 in a seven-wicket victory over Brookfield Multiplex in the 13th Dulsco Ramadan Cricket Tournament at the Zabeel Park Cricket Ground in Dubai.

Jumeirah Group restricted Brookfield Multiplex to 112 for 8 in 20 overs and then overhauled the target losing three wickets with 14 balls to spare, to taste their first victory from three matches in Group B.

For Brookfield Multiplex, this was their second consecutive defeat and now play their final group match this week.

Carfare and Cricket Maxway have already made it to the quarterfinal from Group B. All the matches will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis of 20 overs each.

BRIEF SCORES

Al Faraa beat Unicon Real Estate by 42 runs
Al Faraa: 151 for eight in 20 overs (Adnan Butt 34, Tahir Mughal 29, Faisan Asif 25, Shahzad Malik 25, Baber Bashir 12; Asad Ansari 2 for 15, Maaz Ansari 2 for 18) 
Unicon Real Estate: 109 all out in 18.2 overs (Sajjad Ahmed 12, Naseeb Gul 13, Zeeshan Akmal 36, Abu Bakkar 22; Mujahid Amin 3 for 20, Fayyaz Ahmed 2 for 28, Imran Maqsood 2 for 6)
Man of the Match: Mujahid Amin 
Umpires: Ifthikar Ali and Naveed Ismail
Scorer: Zameel Hameed and M Asif

Phoenix Medicine bt Al Faraa by seven wickets
Al Faraa: 101 all out in 19.3 overs (Ijaz Bashir 23, Baber Bashir 15, Imaad Maqsood 13, Fayaz Ahmed 11, Mohammad Ajmal 15; Mohammad Adnan 2 for 21, Asif Mumtaz 2 for 14, Rohan Mustafa 2 for 14, Shoaib Lagan 2 for 7)
Phoenix Medicine: 103 for three in 13.4 overs (Rohan Mustafa 19, Mohd Rizwan 29 not out, Shoaib Lagan 36 not out)
Man of the Match: Rohan Mustafa
Umpires: Asif Iqbal and Syed Shabir
Scorer: Usman

Jumeirah Group beat Brookfield Multiplex by seven wickets
Brookfield Multiplex: 112 for 8 in 20 overs (Navid 28, Prashant Shetty 38; Raj 3-12, Omkar 3-17)
Jumeirah Group: 113 for 3 in 17.4 overs (Faizal Huzruk 58 not out, Sunil Monteiro 26).

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UAE cricket in brief: Naeem dazzles in Oud Metha win

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Star man: Oud Metha's premier performer picks up his man of the match award.

An impressive show by Kashif Naeem with the ball set up an easy seven-wicket victory for Oud Metha over HSBC, and also secured a quarter-final berth in the 13th Dulsco Ramadan Tournament.

Requiring a win to advance, Oud Metha rode on Naeem’s (top left) destructive spell of 3-22 to restrict HSBC to 114-7.

Oud Metha made light work of the target, reaching 115-3 in 12.3 overs.

The second successive defeat has virtually sealed HSBC’s fate with just a match in hand.

HSBC were off to a good start, scoring almost nine runs per over, with captain Abdul Rauf and Syed Ashir dominating the bowlers.

With 75 on the scoreboard by the seventh over, Oud Metha quickly gained the ascendancy as HSBC found it difficult to score runs due to some intelligent bowling by Naeem.

Naeem removed Rauf for 27 and later claimed two more wickets in quick succession.

From there on the run rate dropped dramatically as Oud Metha bowlers took wickets at regular intervals to restrict HSBC to 114-7.

In reply, Oud Metha had no trouble chasing the target as they knocked off the runs in style.

After their opening batsmen started brightly, Man of the Match Naeem (26 n.o) and Vipin Venu (30 n.o) saw the team home.

Rabel restricts Lanka Lions in 14-run victory

Kulith Rabel’s inspired spell with the ball gave Lanka Lions a 14-run victory over Unicon Real Estate in the Aseel Islamic Finance 26th Sharjah Ramadan Cup.

Chasing 140, Unicon Real Estate made a strong start with openers Abdul Shakoor (36) and Sajjad Ahmed (17) putting on a quick 45 runs for the first wicket. Naseeb Khan added 15 runs to further strengthen the chase before Rabel came into bowl.

He claimed four wickets in quick succession to finish with figures of 4-28, to leave Unicon Real Estate in big trouble.

Saif Ullah held his innings together to score 19 from 25 balls but with wickets falling at the other end Unicon Real Estate were eventually all out for 125.

Earlier, after winning the toss and opting to bat first, Lanka Lions also had a troubled start before Malintha Pererra took control of the proceedings.

Pererra smashed an unbeaten 62 with five boundaries while Kumara Prashant contributed 56 runs.

The duo added 113 runs for the third wicket as Lanka Lions posted a challenging 139-6.

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