Mideast Metals trounced Dubai Mammoths and GEMS Education proved they were superior to Old School Boys with a three-wicket win in the semi-finals of the DCC Ramadan League.
Mideast Metals won the toss and invited Dubai Mammoths to bowl at The Sevens. Mohammed Farooq was quick to make Vinay Tolani (2) one of his four victims. But thereafter it was a struggle for Mideast as Sheridan Hadfield and Prashanth Braggs stitched a 53-run partnership.
Hadfield’s stay at the crease was brief but in those 12 balls, he struck two sixes and three boundaries for his 26. Jawed Siddique joined Prashanth but before they could settle down Farooq had Prashanth too joining Hadfield in the dressing room after the one-down batsman scored 32 from 28 balls which came off three sixes and a four.
Farooq made CTK Mashood his fourth victim to have Dubai Mammoths reeling on 65-4. But Siddique’s 59 from 40 balls ensured Mammoths reached 197.
In the end even that was not sufficient as man of the match Ali Anwar, who had taken two wickets, blazed his way to an unbeaten 85. His knock was studded with seven maximums and three boundaries and came off 50 balls.
Irfan Ashraf applied the finishing touches with an unbeaten 17 from 11 balls to hand Mideast victory by four wickets.
In the other semi-final GEMS Education bowlers kept Old School Boys quiet by restricting them to 152 for 8. In reply, man of the match Shuja Haider struck 75 (47 balls, 4×6, 8×4) and Ali Tipu Sultan 28 (21 balls, 1×6, 4×4) to help GEMS post a three-wicket victory.
Dubai Municipality clinched the Nad Al Sheba Wheelchair Basketball Championship title with a facile 63-46 win over Dubai Public Prosecution at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex on Tuesday night.
Dominant throughout their campaign, Dubai Municipality gave another commanding performance to deal Dubai Public Prosecution their third defeat in the final of the NAS Wheelchair Basketball Championship.
“From the beginning of the tournament, Dubai Municipality and the Public Prosecution team had set themselves apart and everyone expected us to be in the final,” said Dubai Municipality’s Ahmed Al Jassim, one of the leading scorers of the tournament.
“So we had two of the tournament’s best teams in the final and it was a really good contest. We had a good strategy in place and it worked for us. We played a strong defensive game and relied on quick counters, and we were successful in scoring plenty of points.
“We have some excellent players in the Municipality team and they are really good at scoring from under the basket. So managed to take control from the first minute and did not allow our opponents to come close, in terms of the score, nor did we give them much space to play their game.”
Hassan El Samlawi, Dubai Municipality’s Egyptian professional, added: “We are deserving champions. We have been the best team from the beginning of the tournament, reaching the semis by winning all our matches in the group and then putting up a really strong show in the semi-final against Dubai Police.
“The final was a big challenge for us because we wanted to crown our efforts with the title, and we are delighted that we could do that.”
In the NAS Futsal Championship, Dubai Police fought back from 1-2 at the break to defeat 2017 champions Al Taher 5-2 in the match for the bronze medal.
The defending champions took the lead in the opening minute itself when Jeferson Luis Correa put the ball at the back of the net. Al Taher then defended stoutly, with goalkeeper Taher Naser Ali making a couple of great saves until Dubai Police were finally rewarded for their sustained efforts when Alex William Da Silva struck the equaliser in the 12th minute.
Four minutes later, however, Al Taher were back in the lead with their Iranian captain Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh putting Correa’s cross past the Police goalkeeper.
Da Silva scored his second of the night in the 5th minute of second half to level the scores once again and then Johnatan Luiz Cesar converted from the penalty spot in the 32nd minute to put Dubai Police in the lead for the first time in the match.
Cesar scored his second four minutes later to make it 4-2 for the Policemen and then, two minutes from time, he provided the cross for Ibrahim Khalid to seal the fate of the match.
Organised by Dubai Sports Council (DSC) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the 2018 Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament will see more than 5,000 athletes compete for a total prize-purse of Dh6 million in Dubai, across 11 competitions.
The tournament has also gone international this year with a five-a-side futsal competition taking place in the Egyptian capital Cairo and an eight-team volleyball tournament being held in Amman, Jordan.
Wheelchair Basketball (Final): Dubai Municipality beat Dubai Public Prosecution 63-46.
Padel Tennis (UAE Nationals): Final – Saeed Al Marri and Mohammed Al Mansouri beat Abdullah Ahli and Mohammed Ahli 2-1 (6-4, 2-6, 6-4); 3rd Place: Sheikh Saeed Bin Hasher Al Maktoum and Omar Marzooqi beat Majid Al Falasi and Abdulla Abdulla 2-0 (6-1, 6-2).
Futsal for People with Hearing Disabilities (Final): Team Abu Dhabi beat Team Dubai 6-1.
Futsal (3rd Place): Dubai Police beat Al Taher 5-2.
Al Bahri caused the first shock of the night, defeating Dubai Police 2-1 thanks to Frenchman Mohammed Abdessamad’s winner from the spot 25 seconds from time. Emirates Driving then brought defending champion Al Taher’s campaign to end with a doughty 1-0 win in a fast-paced encounter.
Abdessamad had also set Ahmed Saleh up to give Al Bahri 13th minute lead, which was cancelled out by Alex William Da Silva’s equaliser in the second half, and the 27-year-old France international also played a part in Dubai Police goalkeeper Farooq Ali Shambih’s sending-off for handling the ball outside the box.
“As a player, this is what you dream of – of scoring at big moments in big matches,” said Abdessamad. “So I am really happy to have done that tonight. But this is a team sport and credit belongs to the full team, to each and every member of the team for the way they fought out there against a very strong opponent, who were one of the favourites for the title.”
Fortuitous in their opening game when an own-goal five seconds from time gave them a 2-1 win over Al Taher, Al Bahri have built on their good fortune with some pretty resolute performances since. They fought back from 1-4 to split points with Inthar in their second group game before drubbing Sport 4 All 7-2 in the quarterfinals.
Against Dubai Police in the semis, they showed plenty of steel once again with Abdessamad getting the winner when a penalty shootout looked inevitable.
“It was a great way to finish the game,” said Essam Alla Shamkh, Al Bahri’s Egyptian pro. “That penalty in the final seconds of the game took us into the final, which was our target from the first day of the tournament.
“We were all determined to achieve this target and you could see that from the way we have stuck together in difficult situations and played as one, especially in this match against a strong opponent like Dubai Police.”
In the second semi-final, the score-line barely does justice to a match that was played at a frantic pace, with plenty of scoring opportunities at both ends, but the two goalkeepers, especially Emirates Driving Institute’s Hassan Ali Hantoobi, did a brilliant job under the post.
The all-important goal came in the 18th minute, when Abdulkarim Jamil scored off a counter-attack.
Team Uncle Saeed successfully defended their team title in the NAS Padel Tennis Championship after Valencia conceded following an injury to Guillermo Villafane, while Team Mondia took third place, defeating SHM 2-1.
Uncle Saeed were up 6-2, 2-0 in the opening tie of the final when Villafane retired with an injury, giving the defending champions a 2-0 win.
In the playoff for third place, Team Mondia won the first match 6-2, 6-2, but SHM fought back to win the second 6-3, 6-4, forcing the tie into a decider where Mondia prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 7-6.
Dubai Police clinched third place in the NAS Wheelchair Basketball Championship, defeating Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services 32-13 in the battle for bronze. Egyptian Ashraf Abu Zaid was the star for Dubai Police and he is in the running for the player of the tournament honours with an aggregate of 90 points.
Salah Afifi of Dubai Public Prosecution and Ahmed Jassim of Dubai Municipality are leading the tournament’s scoring charts with 114 and 111 points, and they will have a chance to add to their tally when the two teams clash in the final.
“I am happy with the bronze,” said Abu Zaid. “This was my first season with Dubai Police after three seasons with Public Prosecution, and I am in the running for the title of the best player in the tournament. So it has been a good tournament for me.
“Dubai Public Prosecution and Dubai Municipality, of course, deserve to be playing the final because of the level they have played at throughout the tournament. Both have some very good players, including very special foreign players who have done really well for their team.”
Futsal (semi-final): Al Bahri beat Dubai Police 2-1; Emirates Driving Institute beat Al Taher 1-0.
Padel Tennis Team Championship: Final – Uncle Saeed beat Valencia 2-0 (retired); 3rd Place – Mondia beat SHM 2-1.
Wheelchair Basketball 3rd Place: Dubai Police beat Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services 32-13.