Fernando, Ali shine in NMC’s easy win over Fly Emirates

SHARJAH - Niresh Fernando slammed a brilliant half-century while Ahsan Ali returned with a tidy four-wicket haul to steer New Medical Centre (NMC) to a convincing 77-run victory over Fly Emirates in the 37th Bukhatir League ‘A’ Division Tournament, organised by the Sharjah Cricket Council, at the Sharjah stadium on Thursday night.

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Published: Tue 26 Apr 2011, 12:57 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 6:28 PM

Fernando hit an exact 50 off 64 balls with five fours to lead the NMC batting charge. With Indika Sampath (44 off 28 balls with two fours and four sixes), Sandeep Shetty (42 off 33 balls with six fours) and Gyan Silva (41 not out off 50 balls) also making useful contributions, NMC did well to post a challenging total of 277 in the allotted 45 overs.

Rehan Adil and Javed Ismail picked up two wickets each, but the NMC batsmen were hardly threatened. Fly Emirates, in reply, were bowled out for 200 in 38 overs.

Nigel Fernandez top-scored with 45 off 70 balls while Javed Ismail (30 off 28 balls) and Mohammed Iqbal (26 off 17 balls) also had good starts, but they failed to convert them into big innings they needed to match pace with the asking rate. Ahsan Ali bowled really well to keep the Fly Emirates batsmen on the back foot. He conceded 49 runs for his four wickets. Ahsan was well assisted by Shadeep Silva who snared three for 34 to help NMC seal a comfortable win in the end.

Brief scores:

NMC beat Fly emirates by 77 runs: NMC 277 for seven in 45 overs (Niresh Fernando 50, Indika Sampath 44, Sandeep Shetty 42, Gyan Silva 41 not out, Saqib Ali 26; Rehan Adil 2-46, Javed Ismail 2-50) Fly Emirates 200 all out in 38 overs (Nigel Fernandez 45, Javed Ismail 30, Mohammed Iqbal 26; Ahsan Ali 4-49, Shadeep Silva 3-24), Man of the match: Ahsan Ali of NMC. Umpires: Arshad Ansari and Hamid Mukhtar. Scorers: Mohsin Butt and Sarwar.

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