Vaibhav leads Muscat to big victory against Raha



MUSCAT: Skipper Vaibhav Wategaonkar, coming in with the fall of the first wicket with one run on the board in the first over, made a brilliant 111 off 114 balls to lead Muscat to a massive 125-run win against Raha in a Muscat Pharmacy & Stores LLC-sponsored A Division 50-over match.

Put into bat first, Muscat piled up 260 for the loss of seven in 50 overs thanks to a 187-run second wicket partnership between Vaibhav and opening batsman Swapnil Khadye (77). Batting at No. 7 Rajesh Ranpura chipped in with a useful unbeaten 22 off 14 balls.

Zeeshan Ahmed headed the bowling department with figures of thee for 68 with good support coming from Farhan Khan and skipper Khalid Rasheed who claimed two wickets each.

In reply, Raha were bowled out for 135 off 37.2 overs. Mohammed Javed hit 44 while No. 7 batsman Mansoor Mazhar remained unbeaten on 25.

Badal Kumar Singh bowled brilliantly to end with figures of four for 20 in 7.2 overs while Munis Ansari and Ganesh Narsumaiyya bagged two wickets each.

Brief scores: Muscat 260 for 7 in 50 overs (Vaibhav Wategaonkar 111, Swapnil Khadye 77, Rajesh Ranpura 22 n.o., Zeeshan Ahmed 3/68, Farhan Khan 2/32, Khalid Rasheed 2/50) bt Raha 135 all out in 37.2 overs (Mohammed Javed 44, Mansoor Mazhar 25 n.o.; Badal Kumar Singh 4/20, Munis Ansari 2/20, Ganesh Narsumaiyya 2/20). Points: Muscat - 5 (4 games, 15 pts), Raha  – Nil (4 games, Nil).

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