Five-wicket Faizal stars for Renaissance
MUSCAT: Renaissance made a winning start to the season, beating Muscat Projects and Environment by 40 runs thanks to a five-wicket haul by captain Faizal Jerome Mohammed in their 50over A Division game at Ministry of Sports Affaris Ground I Friday.
Batting first after winning the toss, Renaissance found the going tough and kept losing wickets at regular interval before being all out for 161 in 42.1 overs.
Opener Fernando (37), AshanDinura (36) were the only notable scorers. Kadankot took three wickets for 27 runs while VijeshChannengadan claimed two wickets for 23. Muscat Project could not offer much of a resistance, capitulating for a lowly 121 all out in 34.1 overs. Faizal led the bowling honours, claiming five wickets in his spell of 10 overs, two of which were maidens, giving away just 41 runs. Amit Eranda (2 for 28) and AshanDinura (2 for 16) bowled well too.
Brief scores: Renaissance 161 for 9 in 42.1 overs (Fernando 37, AshanDinura 36, Ugamandadige 23; Kadankot 3/27, Vijesh Channengadan 2/23) bt
121 all out in 34.1 overs (Melwin Mathew 30, MuhammedWaqas 23, Jason Delboy 22; Faizal Jerome Mohammed 5/41, AshanDinura 2/16, Amit Eranda 2/28).
Mahmood lifts FAP UTSC
Mahmood’s all-round display led FAP UTSC to an easy 65-run win against Indian Social Club (ISC) who were shot out for just 81 runs in a low-scoring 30-over B Division match at Municipality Ground I.
Mahmood was the leading scorer with a fighting 44 as FAP UTSC could compile only 146 before being all out in 26.2 overs. Sherif Mo- hammed (25) Fahad Mohammad (23 not out) and Shameer Kariadan (21) were the other batsmen who scored in the double figures.
Chethan Mallya claimed three wickets for 21 runs while Puneet Singh (3 for 24) and Shrey Wilson (2 for 32) also bowled well.
ISC failed to chase even a small total and were bowled out for a meagre 81 in just 17.3 overs. Chethan Mallya, batting at number 9, topscored with 19.
Brief scores: FAP UTSC 146 all out in 26.2 overs (Mahmood 44, Sherif Mohammed 25, Fahad Mahammed 23, Shameer Kariadan 21; Chethan Mallya 3/21, Puneet Singh 3/24, Shrey Wilson 2/25) bt 81 all out in 17.3 overs (Chethan Mallya 19; Mahmood 4/22, ShameerKariadan 3/30, Faleel 2/3). Superb match-winning performances by by Krunal Kishor Ahay and captain Vikas Bhadoria helped STS Tebodin register an impressive 52-run victory against Rukun Al Yaqeen (RAY) in a 20over D Division game at Municipality Ground II.
Batting first, STS posted a respectable total of 159 for four in their quota of 20 overs.
A DIVISION: Renaissance Services team pose for a group photo after their victory.