MUSCAT: Hasan Juma Backer (HJB) registered an easy five-wicket win against Al Saigh, who has yet to record a win this season, in a Khimji Ramdas-sponsored B Division 30 overs-a-side match.
Invited to bat Al Saigh were precariously placed with the scoreboard reading 35 for four in seven overs but recovered to reach 190 for the loss of nine wickets in 30 overs. The batsmen to help in the recovery were Puneet Singh (57) and Mohammed Saeed (53).
In reply, HJB raced to their target losing five wickets thanks to a 98-run second wicket partnership between Jibran Yousaf (58) and opening batsman Daniel Rudolph (55).
Brief scores: Al Saigh 190 for 9 in 30 overs (Puneet Singh 57, Mohammed Saeed 53; Mohammed Ahmed 3/30, Mohammed Nadeem 3/41, Daniel Rudolph 2/24) lost to HJB 191 for 5 in 19.2 overs (Jibran Yousaf 58, Daniel Rudolph 55; Zahirul Islam 2/35). Points: HJB - 5 (4 games, 9 pts), Al Saigh - Nil (4 games, Nil).
NBO A win thriller
In a Raha Poly Produscts-sponsored D Division T20 match, National Bank of Oman A (NBO A) recorded a thrilling one run win against Fairtrade.
Opting to bat first, NBO A were restricted to 145 for eight wickets in 20 overs with Khurram Bilal top scoring with 50. Other valuable contributions came from skipper Ramesh Viswanathan 28 and Asif Ishaq 21. In reply, Fairtrade were bowled out for 144 in the 20th over. Ibrahim Kutty made 41, opening batsman Aneer Mon hit 25, his partner Pradeep Nair and No. 4 batsman Sanoj Abdu scored 20 each.
Brief scores: NBO A 145 for 8 in 20 overs (Khurram Bilal 50, Ramesh Viswanathan 28, Asif Ishaq 21; Sanoj Abdu 3/20, Aneer Mon 2/19) bt Fairtrade 144 all out in 20 overs (Ibrahim Kutty 41, Aneer Mon 25, Pradeep Nair 20, Sanoj Abdu 20; Ramesh Viswanathan 3/24, Zafar Iqbal 2/21). Points: NBO A - 2 (5 games, 10 pts), Fairtrade - Nil (6 games, 6 pts).
Al Nahdha stay unbeaten
Al Nahdha recorded a six-wicket win against Techno Elevators to stay unbeaten in the G Division
Batting first, Techno Elevators scored 157 for nine in 20 overs. Babar Mallick smashed an unbeaten 86 to help Al Nahdha reach their target with 5.3 overs to spare.
Brief scores: Techno Elevators 157 for 9 in 20overs (Zaheer Mohd 48, Anees Ahmed 24 n.o.; Imran Nasir 3/20, Nasir 2/22, Akhlaq 2/38) lost to Al Nahdha 158 for 4 in 14.3overs (Babar Mallick 86 n.o., Shoaib 35; Anees Ahmed 2/20). Points: Al Nahdha - 2 (5 games, 10 pts), Techno Elevators - Nil (6 games, 8 pts).