Farra Whites score 1-run victory

AL AIN - Al Faraa Whites survived a scare before scoring a one-run victory over Abu Dhabi’s SKMC in a nail-biting finish in a Division A encounter of 20th ACA Winter League in Al Ain over the week-end. In another match, skipper Ghafoor Butt’s unbeaten 103 helped SKMC crush WED CC by seven wickets.

Al Faraa Whites were restricted to 194/8 with some fine bowling from Saif and Sikander, who claimed two wickets. SKMC were proceeding well and required 40 runs in last 6 overs but succumbed under pressure being all out for 193 on the last ball in a nerve-racking finish.

But SKMC returned in the afternoon with a resolve to beat WED CC and scored a 7-wicket victory as skipper Ghafoor Butt hammered an unbeaten 103 (8x6s, 10x4s) to help his team reach the target 241 in 21 overs. Earlier, WED CC’s Sajjad Hussain hit a chanceless 93 while SKMC’s Sikander bowled a good spell taking 2/36.

In a ‘B’ division match, Al Ain Badshah CC’s batsmen dominated the scene against Tabeer CC with a century by Akhtar Chaudry (103, 8x6s, 7x4s) as the former reached a huge 262/4 in 21 overs. Tabeer CC were rocked by fine bowling by Zaheer Ahmad, who tool 5/19 in five overs as Al Ain Badshah won by 71 runs.

In other ‘B’ division matches, ICC comfortably won against Capital CC by 8 wickets, Kashmir CC beat Nael Bin Harmel by 6 wickets while Al Faraa Blues were outplayed by Al Shuja CC losing by 7 wickets in one-sided matches.Brief scores ‘A’ Division:

Al Faraa Whites beat SKMC CC by one run. Al Faraa White 194/9 in 22 overs (Ashfaq Farooq 34, Thushtar Nanda 41, Rana Kaleem 24, Chetan Kansara 21, Umar Butt 20, Faisal Butt 23, Saif 2/29, Sikander 3/16, Pervaiz 2/45) vs SKMC CC 193/8 in 22 overs (Amir Qureshi 28, Inam Farid 81, Ghafoor Butt 22, Raheel Ishtiaq 15, Azeem 2/33, Nasir Siddique 2/21, Omar 2/45). Man-of-the-match: Adil Ghafoor of Al Whites.

WED CC lost to SKMC CC by 7 wickets. WED CC 240/4 in 22 overs (Azeem Ansari 30, Sajjad Hussain 93, Khalid Shakir 48, Waris Baloch 41 not out, Sikander 2/36) vs SKMC CC 242/3 in 21 overs (Amir Qureshi 25, Inam Farid 61, Pervaiz Ahmad 27, Ghafoor Butt 103 not out, Raheel Ishtiaq 21 not out, Sajjad Hussain 1/42, Azeem Ansari 1/50, Waris 1/45). Man-of-the-match: Ghafoor Butt of SKMC CC.

‘B’ Division:

Nael Bin Harmal CC lost to Kashmir CC by 6 wickets. Nael Bin Harmal CC 182/5 in 22 overs (Ram Singh 18, Rajesh 56, Jagdeep 42, Ashok 12, Ajay 25, Imran 2/39) vs Kashmir CC 183/4 in 15.5 overs (Mahnaz 23, Imran, Sajid 58, Aftab 55 not out, Fiaz 12, Ram Singh 2/45). Man-of-the-match: Sajid of Kashmir CC.

Al Faraa Blues lost to Al Shuja CC by 7 wickets. Al Faraa Blues 175/8 in 22 overs (Mohammad Kamran 34, Ashraf 26, Mohammad Faisal 18, Manmohan 19, Jasbir Singh 29 not out, Kareem 24, Hussain 2/40) Al Shuja CC 176/3 in 18.4 overs (Adil Ghafoor 81 n.o., Qasir 25, Ejaz 38, Hussain 14 not out). Man-of-the-match: Adil Ghafoor of Al Shuja CC.

Al Ain Badshah beat Tabeer CC by 71 runs. Al Ain Badshah 262/4 in 21 overs (Mujeeb Ali 43, Rizwan Mohammad 59, Akhtar Chaudry 103, Nasrullah 2/33) vs Tabeer CC 191/7 in 21 overs (Mohammad Riaz 24, Syed Imran 45, Adil Baig 20, Shahid Bajwa 18, Mohammad Jameel 17, Zaheer Ahmad 4/19, Amir 2/8). Man-of-the-match: Akhtar Chaudry of Al Ain Badshah.

Capital CC lost to ICC by 8 wickets. Capital CC 122 in 21 overs (Mohammad Nawaz 32, Shahid Mohammad 21, Sarfraz Mohammad 19, Ranji K 2/8, Shahid 2/27, Mani 2/5) vs ICC 123/2 in 13.5 overs (Amit Nair 13, Navneeth Sudakaran 18, Antony Susith 16 not out, Bose Prathab 45 not out). Man-of-the-match: Bose Prathab of ICC.

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