An­war’s Canada ti­tle hopes over

Sport360 - - Cricket - By Den­zil Pinto @denz_360 den­zilpinto@sport360.com

UAE’s Shaiman An­war scored 16 runs as his Ed­mon­ton Roy­als team was knocked out of the Canada Global T20 League on Thurs­day night in their Elim­i­na­tor loss to Win­nipeg Hawks.

Hav­ing fin­ished fourth in the stand­ings with two wins from six, Roy­als en­tered the Elim­i­na­tor fix­ture against Hawks who sat above them in third place.

Af­ter be­ing over­looked in the start of the tour­na­ment, An­war be­came a start­ing reg­u­lar in the squad that boasts the likes of for­mer New Zealand bats­man Luke Ronchi, exPak­istan skip­per Shahid Afridi and and South Africa’s Wayne Par­nell.

Coming in at num­ber six, the 38-year-old An­war made an in­stant im­pact, hit­ting two sixes in his 11ball stay.

That saw Roy­als reach an im­pos­ing to­tal of 183-9 in their 20 overs. It seemed like they would be bookwe ing their place in Qual­ifer 2 but half-cen­turies from Aus­tralia’s David Warner (55) and Ben Mc­Der­mott (65no) saw Hawks sneak through by seven wick­ets with one ball to spare.

Hawks will now play Van­cou­ver Knights in the Qual­i­fier 2, with the win­ner fac­ing West Indies B in the fi­nal.

An­war, skip­per Rohan Mustafa, Mo­ham­mad Naveed and Ahmed Raza were the four UAE play­ers to be drafted into the com­pe­ti­tion. Raza played one game for Roy­als, while Naveed took two wick­ets in three games for Toronto Na­tion­als, who fin­ished bot­tom of the group.

Not enough: Shaiman An­war (right) scored 16 in the loss on Thurs­day.

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