MUSCAT: Al Turki Enterprises’ famed bowling attack floored a title contender on Friday, handing star-studded Passage to India (PTI) a eight-wicket beating in a Premier Division game at Ministry of Sports grassy ground 1 in Al Amerat.
Bowling first, Al Turki bowlers made early inroads into the strong PTI batting which never recovered from being 5 down for 55 and were soon skittled out for a paltry 101 in 36.5 overs. Zeeshan Siddiqui scored a stylish 44 of 53 balls while skipper Amir Kaleem managed 24 off 50. No other batsman could stand the probing length and guiles of wily Jay Oddedara and Gulam Shaik who claimed 4 and 3 wickets respectively.
Al Turki lost openers Ajay Lalcheta and Twinkle Bhandari early at 47 for 2 but a 55-run fourth wicket partnership between Gulam Shaik (29) and Suraj Kumar (34) led their team to a comfortable victory in the 25th over.
Though PTI has lost its second successive game, the triple league format gives teams plenty of chances to fight back into the long tournament.
The match also saw Oman Cricket reaching another milestone by installing video cameras on the ground.
Commenting on an incident involving a Premier Division team’s wicketkeeper appealing for a hit wicket dismissal, which was recorded on cameras and went viral on social media, a senior OC official said, “We have yet to receive official report on the match and the incident. Once we receive the report, the matter will be referred to the tournament committee and appropriate action taken, if required.”
Brief scores: Passage to India 101 all out in 36.5 overs (Zeeshan Siddiqui 44 – 5×4, 1×6, Amir Kaleem 24 – 2×4. Jay Oddedara 4-18, Gulam Shaik 3-10) lost to Al Turki Enterprises 102 for 2 in 24.3 overs (Suraj Kumar 34 – 8×4, Gulam Shaik 29 – 3×4) by seven wickets.
Adil stars in another win for Strikers
Adil Mohammed’s superb all-round performance saw Glory Bower Strikers register its second successive win, this time against Muscat Projects and Environment in the 50-over A Division match at Ministry of Sports grassy ground 2.
Adil bowled well, taking two wickets in an economical 9-over spell as Strikers removed the whole Muscat Projects team for 180 in 45.2 overs. Melwin Mathew topscored with 58 off 80. Arun Dev and Sarmad Shah scored 40 and 20 runs respectively. Muhammed Rizwan, Sunil Baby and Vineet Rana too two wickets each.
Glory Bower Strikers raced to the target in just 33.4 overs, scoring 183 for 4. Adil scored a strokeful 51 not out of 30 balls while Nidhin Mohan was unbeaten at 62 off 95. Ruban Durai batted well too for his 46 off 38 balls. Muhammed Waqas bagged two wickets for 34.
Brief scores: Muscat Projects and Environment 180 all out in 45.2 overs (Melwin Mathew 58 – 6×4, 1×6, Arun Dev 40 – 5×4, Sarmad Shah 20 – 1×4, 2×6. Muhammed Rizwan 2-23,Vineet Rana 2-23, Sunil Baby 2-24, Adil Mohammed 2-42) lost to Glory Bower Strikers 183 for 4 in 33.4 overs (Nidhin Mohan 62 – 6×4, Adil Mohammed 51 – 7×4, 2×6, Ruban Durai 46 – 4×4, 2×6. Muhammed Waqas 2-34) by six wickets.
Abrar, Mohsin heroes of MCS win
Abrar Hussain (51) and Mohsin Nazir (45 not out) batted well under pressure to secure a thrilling 3-wicket victory for Muscat Cricket Sports (MCS) in their 30-over B Division match against FAP UTSC at Muscat Municipality ground 1 in Al Amerat.
Batting first after winning the toss, FAP scored 212 for 7 in 30 overs. Jaleel Mahmood (41), Shameer Kariadan (32) and Sheriff Muhammed (31) were the leading scorers. Bharat Barmeda took two wickets for 38.
Abrar Hussain led the charge with an entertaining fifty off just 32 balls but it was Mohsin who saw MCS home with a responsible unbeaten knock of 45 as they scored 216 for 7 in the final over. Shaid K claimed two wickets.
Brief scores: FAP UTSC 212 for 7 in 30 overs (Jaleel Mahmood 41 – 3×4, Shameer Kariadan 32 – 4×4, Sheriff Muhammed 31 – 3×4. Bharat Barmeda 2-38) lost to Muscat Cricket Sports 216 for 7 in 29.4 overs (Abrar Hussain 51 – 4×4, 4×6, Mohsin Nazir 45 – 4×4, Ghulam Humayun 26 – 3×4, 1×6. Shaid K 2-38) by three wickets.
Saifullah, Wilson power
MCCC New to win over ISC
MCCC New registered an exciting 12-run victory against Indian Social Club (ISC) in a B Division game at Muscat Municipality ground 2.
Batting first, MCCC New were dismissed for 183 in 29.5 overs with Saifullah (50), Rajan Berry (46), Mohammed Samir (32) and Ali Asgar (31) making notable contributions with the bat. Shrey Wilson bowled well again to take 4 wickets for 34 runs while Ansar Raza and Puneet Singh took two wickets each.
Struggling at 28 for 3 in the 8th over, ISC were bowled out for 171 in 29.3 overs. Mohit Chaitanya Gulabsi topscored with 38 off 41 balls while Pervez Skinder Beg batted well too for his 29. Muqeet Ahmed led the bowling honours, taking three wickets for 33. Siddh Hemal Mehta (2 for 28) and Mohammed Samir (2 for 32) bowled well too.
Brief scores: MCCC New 183 all out in 29.5 overs (Saifullah 50 – 5×4, 1×6, Rajan Berry 46 – 7×4, Mohammed Samir 32 – 3×4, Ali Asgar 31 – 3×4. Shrey Wilson 4-34, Ansar Raza 2-31, Puneet Singh 2-33) beat ISC 171 all out in 29.3 overs (Mohit Chaitanya Gulabsi 38 – 5×4, Pervez Skinder Beg 29 – 2×4. Muqeet Ahmed 3-33, Siddh Hemal Mehta 2-28, Mohammed Samir 2-32) by 12 runs.