Al Mada edge past fan­cied OCT Al Seeb

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MUS­CAT: A vi­tal all-round con­tri­bu­tion by Shahil Mo­hammed helped Al Mada En­gi­neer­ing beat fan­cied OCT Al Seeb de­spite out­stand­ing per­for­mances by Al Balushi broth­ers, Yousuf and Issa, in a B Divi­sion clash at Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ground 2 in Al Amerat on Fri­day.

Opt­ing to bat first, Al Mada was bun­dled out for 199 in 30 overs as Issa and Yousuf picked up three and two wick­ets re­spec­tively. Nis­hanth Menon top­scored with 42 while Su­raj Rao and Shahil con­trib­uted 33 and 32.

Issa (44) and Yousuf (72) sta­bi­lized OCT Al Seeb with a 70-run part­ner­ship for the fourth wicket af­ter their team was re­duced to 35 for 3 in the 4th over. How­ever, OCT Seeb ran out of steam as soon as the duo de­parted and fell 9 runs short of what could have been a sen­sa­tional vic­tory. Shahil and Deepak Bhan­dari bagged two wick­ets each.

Brief scores: Al Mada En­gi­neer­ing 199 all out in 30 overs (Nis­hanth Menon 42 – 2x4, Su­raj Rao 33 – 5x4, Shahil Mo­hammed 32 – 3x4. Issa Al Balushi 3-33, Yousuf Al Balushi 2-40) beat OCT Al Seeb 190 all out in 29.4 overs (Yousuf Al Balushi 72 – 6x4, 1x6, Issa Al Balushi 44 – 5x4, 1x6. Shahil Mo­hammed 2-11, Deepak Bhan­dari 2-29) by 9 runs.

SAS & Part­ners win

Shahid Mehmood’s bril­liant all­round dis­play pow­ered SAS & Part­ners to an em­phatic 6-wicket win over Qu­rum Busi­ness Group (QBG) in a C Divi­sion game at Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ground 1.

QBG was dis­missed for 131 in the 19th over, Pradeesh Ku­mar top­scor­ing with 44 off 37. Sham­sud­heen Sharif and Shahid cap­tured three and two wick­ets re­spec­tively.

SAS & Part­ners raced to the tar­get in only 16.2 overs, scor­ing 132 for 4 thanks to a mag­nif­i­cent 53 by Shahid who slammed two big sixes as well. Me­mon Asim chipped in with a use­ful 40 off 31. Shiyas Ibrahim took two wick­ets.

Brief scores: QBG 131 all out in 18.3 overs (Pradeesh Ku­mar 44 – 5x4, Muthu­mu­ru­gan 22 – 2x4. Sham­sud­heen Sharif 3-17, Shahid Mehmood 2-29) lost to SAS & Part­ners 132 for 4 in 16.2 overs (Shahid Mehmood 53 – 6x4, 2x6, Me­mon Asim 40 – 3x4, 1x6. Shiyas Ibrahim 2-31) by 6 wick­ets.

Khalsa rout OHI

Iftikhar Ahmed whacked 80 off only 49 balls to set up Khalsa United’s 55-run vic­tory against Dou­glas OHI in a D Divi­sion match at Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ground 2.

Khalsa posted 176 for 6 on the board in 20 overs. Apart from Iftikhar’s su­perb bat­ting, Mo­hammed Pervez con­trib­uted a vi­tal 27 not out. Bibin Sasi and Vi­plav Ku­mar took two wick­ets each.

Fail­ing to put up a fight, OHI was dis­missed for 124 in the 17th over. Nadeem Ahmed (20) and Vi­plav (19) were the only no­table scor­ers. Sachin Sharma, Sushil Kadam and Mo­hammed Pervez claimed 2 wick­ets each.

Brief scores: Khalsa United 179 for 6 in 20 overs (Iftikhar Ahmed 80 – 6x4, 1x6, Mo­hammed Pervez 27 not out – 2x6. Bibin Sasi 2-29, Vi­plav Ku­mar 2-49) trounced Dou­glas OHI 124 all out in 16.4 overs (Nadeem Ahmed 20 – 3x4, 1x6, Vi­plav Ku­mar 19 – 2x4. Sachin Sharma 2-12, Sushil Kadam 2-18, Mo­hammed Pervez 2-19) by 55 runs.

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ALL SMILE: Al Mada En­gi­neer­ing team gather for a group pic­ture be­fore the game against OCT Al Seeb.

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