Alubond record hattrick of wins in Ramadan Cup
Published on Jun 23, 2016
Alubond Tigers took their winning streak to three after a resounding 75-run triumph over Abu Dhabi Gents in the Farlin Ramadan Twenty20 Trophy.
Hasan Raza, the former Pakistan international, and Rameez Shahzad set them the platform with a 126-run partnership for the third wicket after the Alubond openers Shahid Sadique (3) and UAE international Rohan Mustafa (1) fell cheaply. Fahad Hussain removed Sadique in his first over and Mustafa fell to Rob Kinder in the next, but that was the only success they enjoyed as Raza and Shahzad took charge.
Raza hit 84 not out from 59 balls that was studded with 11 boundaries while Shahzad smashed 62 from 45 deliveries, which was highlighted by nine fours and a couple of sixes to take Alubond s score to 175 for three.
Abu Dhabi Gents in reply could muster only 100 for eight to suffer their third defeat in as many games at the Zayed Cricket stadium. Abu Dhabi Gymkhana bounced back from their defeat to New Medical Centre to record a six-wicket win over them in the group phase format in which each team play twice against each other. Jamil Aslam hammered a quick-fire 54 form 26 balls for Royal Gymkhana to get the better of Old School Boys by 22 runs.
Scores in brief:
Alubond Tigers 175 for 3 in 20 overs (Hasan Raza 84 not out, Rameez Shahzad 62) bt Abu Dhabi Gents 100 for 8 in20 overs (Sheraz Khan 39, Sajjad Akthar 3-9, Ahmed Raza 3-24).
Royal Gymkhana 180 for 6 in 20 overs (Jamil Aslam 54, Mohammed Zaman 43, Faisal Mustafa 38, Mudassar Ali 3-23) bt Old School Boys 158 for 8 in 20 overs (Zaheer Ahmed 37, Hafiz Kaleem 35, Mohammed Ibtisham 34, Usman Butt 3-35, Waseem Sarwar 2-24).
Abu Dhabi Gymkhana 142 for 4 in 17.5 overs (Rizwan Aamanat 73) bt New Medical Centre 141 for 9 in 20 overs (Shahbaz Ahmed 45, Awais Aftab 3-22).