Iftikhar guides Gymkhana to a thriller over Schlumberger
Published on Nov 14, 2016
Haroon Iftikhar, the former UAE international, drew all his experience to guide William Hare Abu Dhabi Gymkhana to a one-wicket win with two balls to spare over Schlumberger.
Had they lost, it would have been their second in two games, meaning virtually out of the race in the UAE Exchange Centre-Abu Dhabi Cricket Council President s Cup division-2 tournament.
Iftikhar came in to the crease at the fall of the first wicket at 20 and stayed on till the end for a well-compiled 55 not out for his team to reach 146 for nine after they bowled out Schlumberger to 144.
Afaq Ahmed did most of the damage by taking five for 29 from four overs but his efforts went in vain at the end.
Sandeep Menon fell four runs short of his century but his knock ensured Health Authority Abu Dhabi to record their second win in the competition. HAAD posted 253 for four and Royal in reply were bowled out for 168, leaving them winners by 85 runs.
The sponsor s team, UAE Exchange Centre, got their campaign off to a wining start with a 46-run result over Royal.
Scores in brief:
William Hare Abu Dhabi Gymkhana 146 for 9 in 18.4 overs (Haroon Iftikhar 55 not out, Afaq Ahmed 5-29) bt Schlumberger 144 all out in 19.5 overs.
Health Authority Abu Dhabi 253 for 4 in 20 overs (Sandeep Menon 96, Zahid Gul 51 not out) bt Deliotte 168 all out in 19.4 overs.
UAE Exchange Centre 181 for 4 in 20 overs (Ganesh Gaikwad 62 not out, Naeem Arshad 52) bt Royal 135 all out in 20 overs (Nisar Ahmed 3-16).
Hexa Oil 215 for 3 in 20 overs (Faisal Iqbal 85, Shahid Rahman 83 not out) bt Al Aroj 162 for 8 in 20 overs (Wali Khan 45, Ghafoor Butt 41, AK Ansar 4-28).
Zayed Cricket Academy 181 for 5 in 20 overs (Abhishek Prakash 44 not out, Pavan Kumar 42 not out) bt Mubadala 155 for 9 in 20 overs.
LLH Hospital 128 for 2 in 13.5 overs bt Rexona 124 for 7 in 20 overs (Naveen Oliveira 41).
Royal 222 for 5 in 20 overs bt Emirates Bull 129 all out in 18.4 overs.
New Stars 174 for 8 in 19.5 overs (AK Mohideen 48, Azhar Hussain 3-19) bt Ferco 173 for 8 in 20 overs (Saifullah Khan 46, Rizwan Farid 4-25).
Al Fahim 159 for 8 in 20 overs bt Premier Shadows 139 all out in 19.4 overs.