Muscat: Skipper Dileepa Wanasinghe, with bowling figures of 4 for 19 off 4 overs, helped Sinha register a 34-run win against Arrow Overseas in a Khimji Ramdas-sponsored Intermediate Cup T20 match played during the weekend at Municipality Ground No. 4 at Al Amerat. Invited to bat, Sinha scored at a rate of 8.5 runs per over to end their quota of 20 overs on 170 for the loss of 4 wickets. Major contributions came from opening batsman K.G. Nalaka, 38; Manujaya S., 30; and Nalinda Kularatne, 27; while Dileepa Wanasinghe remained unbeaten on 27. Prasobh picked up 3 wickets, giving away 30 runs off 4 overs.
Set a target of 171 for a win, Arrow Overseas was bowled out for 136 off 19.2 overs, with opening batsman Praveen Kumar scoring 47 and Praveen P. chipping in with 20. Prathapa Sithira lent valuable support to Dileepa by ending with figures of 3 for 24 off 4 overs.
Brief scores: Sinha – 170 for the loss of 4 wickets off 20 overs (K.G. Nalaka 38, Manujaya S. 30, Nalinda Kularatne 27, and Dileepa Wanasinghe 27 N.O.; Prasobh 3/30) defeated Arrow Overseas – 136 All Out off 19.2 overs (Praveen Kumar 47 and Praveen P. 20; Dileepa Wanasinghe 4/19 and Prathapa Sithira 3/24).
In another Khimji Ramdas-sponsored Intermediate Cup T20 knockout tournament played at Ground No.1, Indian Social Club (ISC) registered a 65-run win against Renaissance.
Electing to bat, ISC amassed 188 for the loss of 7 wickets at the end of the 20th over, thanks to a 90-run third-wicket partnership between Dhruvin Shetty, 64, and Bishen Bhalla, 42. Shreyas Malhotra, batting at No. 7, chipped in with an unbeaten 21. Younus Shafi and Munir Hussain bagged 2 wickets each, conceding 29 and 30 runs, respectively.
Renaissance, in response, could only muster 123 for the loss of 8 wickets off the 20 stipulated overs. Opening batsman Prashant M., 29; Younus Shafi, 27 Not Out; and Mohammed Yakhub, 22, made valuable contributions. The bowling honours were shared by Ansar Ansari, 3 for 22, and Shreyas Malhotra, 2 for 13, off 4 overs each.
Brief scores: ISC – 188 for the loss of 7 wickets off 20 overs (Dhruvin Shetty 64, Bishen Bhalla 42, and Shreyas Malhotra 21 N.O.; Younus Shafi 2/29 and Munir Hussain 2/30) beat Renaissance – 123 for the loss of 8 wickets off 20 overs (Prashant M. 29, Younus Shafi 27 N.O., and Mohammed Yakhub 22; Ansar Ansari 3/22 and Shreyas Malhotra 2/13).
OCT Muscat 'B' lose
Excellent Electricals trounced OCT Muscat 'B' by 76 runs in a Khimji Ramdas-sponsored Junior Cup T20 knockout match played during the morning at the OAC III Ground at Seeb.
Put in to bat, Excellent Electricals were reeling at 12 for the loss of 3 wickets off 3 overs but managed to get to 164 off the 18.1 overs, thanks to a 97-run fourth-wicket partnership between Shine N.V., 56, and Muthumurugan, 38. Abid Ali, with figures of 3 for 37, headed the bowling department with Abdul Aziz Qader, 2 for 3; Abdul Qader, 2 for 23; and Essa
Mohammed, 2 for 25.
With a required run rate of more than 8 runs per over, OCT Muscat 'B' was bundled out for a paltry 88 off 19.5 overs, with only Abid Ali making a useful 46. None of the other batsmen made any noteworthy contributions. The bowlers to cause the disaster were Binu Varghese, 3 for 11, and Muthumurugan, 3 for 13—off 4 overs each—and Suseendran S., 2 for none off 1.5 overs.
Brief scores: Excellent Electricals – 164 All Out off 18.1 overs (Shine N.V. 56 and Muthumurugan 38; Abid Ali 3/37, Abdul Aziz Qader 2/3, Abdul Qader 2/23, and Essa Mohammed 2/25) beat OCT Muscat 'B' – 88 All Out off 19.5 overs (Abid Ali 46; Binu Varghese 3/11, Muthumurugan 3/13, and Suseendran S. 2/0).
Moosa Abdul Rahman Hassan (MARH) recorded a narrow 9-run win against Galfar in a Khimji Ramdas-sponsored T20 Intermediate knockout tournament played in the afternoon at the same venue as the morning session.
Electing to field, Galfar did well to contain MARH to 148 for the loss of 7 wickets at the end of the stipulated 20 overs, despite being penalised 18 runs for the late reporting of the team. Opening batsman Khalid Moosa made 29, and Vishal Shetty made 26. Rizwan Afgan and Zafar Iqbal bagged 2 wickets each, conceding 20 and 26 runs, respectively, off 4 overs each.
Galfar, in response, from a healthy 90 for the loss of 1 wicket off 12 overs slid to 139 for the loss of 8 wickets at the end of the 20th over. Only openers Zafar Iqbal, 54, and Irfan Khan, 26, made valuable contributions. Jijo Abraham bowled a tight line to end with figures of 3 for 28, with support from Sukhpreet Singh, 2 for 16, off 4 overs each.
Brief scores: MARH – 148 for the loss of 7 wickets off 20 overs (Khalid Moosa 29 and Vishal Shetty 26; Rizwan Afgan 2/20 and Zafar Iqbal 2/26) defeated Galfar – 139 for the loss of 8 wickets off 20 overs (Zafar Iqbal 54 and Irfan Khan 26; Jijo Abraham 3/28 and Sukhpreet Singh 2/16).
Oasis Water lose
ISC Urdu Wing recorded an easy 3-wicket win against Oasis Water in a Khimji Ramdas-sponsored Junior Cup T20 match played during the morning at the University grounds at Al Khoud.
Opting to field, ISC Urdu Wing did well to restrict Oasis Water to 156 for the loss of 4 wickets at the end of 20 overs. Rupal Jain, 41; Shibin P., 39; and Nazeer, 37, made useful contributions. With a required run rate of fewer than 8 runs per over, ISC Urdu Wing reached its target, scoring 158 for the loss of 7 wickets off 18.2 overs. Opener Chetan, 28, and skipper Shameel, 27, as well as 32 extras including 21 wides and 2 No Balls, helped in the run chase.
Darwish, with 3 for 46 off 4 overs, and Shibin P., 2 for 16 off 3 overs, were amongst the wickets.
Brief scores: Oasis Water – 156 for the loss of 4 wickets off 20 overs (Rupal Jain 41, Shibin P. 39, and Nazeer 37) lost to ISC Urdu Wing – 158 for the loss of 7 wickets off 18.2 overs (Chetan 28 and Shameel 27; Darwish 3/46 and Shibin 2/16).
Ahli Bank win
Ahli Bank, thanks to a brilliant bowling spell from Reagen Sapphire, who ended with 4 for 21 off 3 overs, defeated Al Bahihi by a margin of 66 runs in another Khimji Ramdas-sponsored Junior Cup T20 knockout match played at the same venue during the
Electing to bat, Ahli Bank, thanks to an unbeaten 71 from Mohammed Ramzan and 35 from Saud Khan, scored 169 for the loss of 7 wickets at the end of 20 overs. Gigo P. Mammen and Khalid Gulbaik bagged 2 wickets each, conceding 33 and 42 runs, respectively, off 4 overs each. Al Bahihi, in response, was bowled out for 103 off 16.4 overs with a top score of 24 from Nigil Ramkumar. Reagen received valuable support from Ajay Kumar, 2 for 17, and Mohammed Ramzan, 2 for 20.
Brief scores: Ahli Bank – 169 for the loss of 7 wickets off 20 overs (Mohammed Ramzan 71 N.O. and Saud Khan 35; Gigo P. Mammen 2/33 and Khalid Gulbaik 2/42) defeated Al Bahihi – 103 All Out off 16.4 overs (Nigil Ramkumar 24; Reagen Sapphire 4/21, Ajay Kumar 2/17, and Mohammed Ramzan 2/20).