Bowlers to the fore for teams progressing to semi-finals

Published on Jan 1, 2017

It was a weekend for the bowlers to excel, having played the key role for the teams that progressed to the semi-finals of the UAE Xchange Abu Dhabi Cricket Council President s Cup Twenty20 tournament.

Joji Thomas was the competition s star. Opening the bowling for his side, he returned with excellent figures of 3.2-0-7-5 for Hexa Oil to emerge winners over DHL by 50 runs. Hexa electing to bat first made 146. They were give a sound start by openers Faisal Iqbal (35) and Mohammed Imran (38) putting on 74 before a 21-ball 41 from Zubair Khan.

Thomas grabbed the first four wickets in his three-over spell to leave DHL struggling at 32. He returned for his final spell and picked up another from his third delivery to complete the five-wicket haul.

Bilal Cheema took five for 21 from 3.1 overs to lead White Hunters to a resounding 55-run win over Al Arooj. Dharshana Hewa and Dharshana Peiris bagged six wickets between them from a combined eight overs to set up Eleven Lions s triumph over LLH Hospital by seven wickets.

Mujahid Ameen and Mohammed Boota took seven wickets between them in United Bank s 16-run result over William Hare Abu Dhabi Gymkhana.

Scores in brief:

Hexa Oil 146 in 16.4 overs (Zubair Khan 41, Mohammed Imran 38, Faisal Iqbal 35, Upul Shantha 2-14, Mohammed Rizwan 2-17) bt DHL 96 all out in 18.2 overs (Joji Thomas 5-7, Faisal Iqbal 3-14).

White Hunters 187 all out in 20 overs (Saqib Hassan 47, Mohammed Rizwan 46, Fayyaz Ahmed 4-28) bt Al Arooj 132 all out in 16.1 overs (Ghafoor Butt 49, Bilal Cheema 5-21).

Eleven Lions 94 for 3 in 12.4 overs (Pragash Ram 42, Imran Javed 2-14) bt LLH Hospital 91 for 8 in 20 overs (Shahid Gill 41 not out, Dharshana Hewa 3-9, Dharshana Peiris 3-14).

United Bank Limited 152 all out in 19.5 overs (Aqeel Anwar 51, Babar Hussain 32, Shadab Ahmed 3-18) bt Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank 136 all out in 20 overs (Rizwan Amanat 45, Tariq Afridi 34, Mujahid Ameen 4-15, Mohammed Boota 3-25).

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