DHL and Eleven Lions clinch thrillers to reach quarter finals

Published on Dec 30, 2016

DHL and Eleven Lions clinched thrilling victories to earn a passage to the last eight stage in the UAE Exchange Abu Dhabi Cricket Council President s Cup Twenty20 tournament.

The courier service lads outclassed Thrifty Car Rental by three wickets and a delivery top spare and Eleven Lions got the better of Royal Gymkhana by five wickets with five balls to spare.

Nalaka Thenuwara and Upul Shantha took six wickets between them from a combined eight overs to restrict Thrifty to 166 for nine. Mohammed Rizwan hit a breezy 69 and shared a 92-run partnership for the second wicket with Suneth Sampath, the captain and opener who chipped in with 32 from 32 balls, to set up the chase for DHL. Darshana Peiris arrived at the crease at No.7 to produce a little cameo knock to steer Eleven Lions to the quarter finals.

He smashed 42 not out from 17 balls highlighted by three fours and two sixes for his side to reach 152 for five in 19.1 overs in reply to Royal Gymkhana s 151 for seven.

Scores in brief:

DHL 167 for 7 in 19.5 overs (Mohammed Rizwan 69, Mohammed Siraj 3-32) bt Thrifty Car Rental 166 for 9 in 20 overs (Mohammed Ashraf 71, Nalaka Thenuwara 3-18, Upul Shantha 3-23).

Eleven Lions 152 for 5 in 19.1 overs (Darshana Peiris 42 not out, Pragash Ram 42) bt Royal Gymkhana 151 for 7 in 20 overs (Jamil Aslam 83, Nalin Thenuwara 3-21, Suranga Perera 2-15).

Al Arooj 116 for 5 in 16.4 overs (Sultan Ahmed 34 not out) bt Nissan Al Masaood 114 for 8 in 20 overs (Sajith Kumara 39, Babar Ghazanfar 2-18).

LLH Hospital 207 for 6 in 20 overs (Akhil Das 66) bt Abu Dhabi Cricket Lads 124 all out in 16.2 overs (Abubaker Alam 54).

White Hunters 146 for 3 in 16.1 overs (Saqib Asim 76) bt Ferco 142 for 6 in 20 overs (Bhakt Zada 36).

United Bank Limited 161 all out in 20 overs (Babar Hussain 35) bt William Hare Abu Dhabi Gymkhana 124 all out in 18.3 overs (Mohammed Boota 3-15, Aqeel Anwar 3-17).

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank 129 for 5 in 17.2 overs bt Asten 127 for 9 in 20 overs (Shadab Ahmed 3-34).

Hexa Oil 151 for 4 in 16.1 overs (Atiq ur Rahman 54 not out) bt Health Authority Abu Dhabi 149 all out in 20 overs (Atif Mahmood 39, Sohail Rana 4-38).

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