Danube Tigers clinch Chairman’s Cup opener

The Dubai Cricket Council’s (DCC) Chairman’s Cup 30-overs-a-side tournament got off to an excellent start at the Fairground of the Dubai Men’s College over the weekend.

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Published: Mon 24 Mar 2014, 11:37 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:19 PM

The biggest upset of the day was the defeat of Grand MidWest Royals. The side was packed with former Pakistan internationals like Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Asif — to name a few — but they were completely outplayed by Danube Tigers who won by a comprehensive 70-run margin.

With a strong bowling lineup captain Naveed Saleem won the toss and put Danube in to bat. But their first breakthrough came only after Danube openers put on 68. Abid Ali and Sami Ullah were going great guns. Abid scored 39 from 34 balls with five boundaries while Sami Ullah hit 37 from 34 balls with six fours and a six.

There was a collapse in the middle-order but Asad Shafiq (23) and Adnan Mufti (27) brought some stability towards the end. No. 8 batsman Usman Khalid then played a superb cameo scoring 36 from 23 balls which had five hits to the ropes and one over it.

Usman just went hell for leather which turned the tide in Danube’s favour and later earned him the Man of the Match award.

GMW began well with their openers getting into double figures but that wasn’t good enough and neither was a solid 39 from middle-order batsman Sarfraz Ahmad as no other batsman could stand their ground and GMW folded up easily for 130.

Some disciplined bowling led by Rohan Mustafa (3/25) was the result of Danube’s massive win. He was ably supported by Zahoor Khan (2/31), Usman Khalid (2/18) and Dastagir Rana (2/33).

In the other match Multiplex pulled off a four-run win over Interface.

Batting first Multiplex posted 205 with half centuries from Haroon Ahmad (62) and Fawad Ali (50 not out). Zeeshan Khan chipped in with 33.

Interface gave it a good chase with Salman Babar scoring 47 to lay the foundation. But despite unbeaten knocks from Zeeshan Akmal (50) and Fawad Ghafoor (30) Interface ran out of overs and fell short by five runs for victory.

Seven Seas were too good for Yogi Group in the last match winning it by 60 runs.

Half centuries from Ibrahim Mudassar (68) and Hasnain Raza propelled Seven Seas to 218 and later Waheed Ahmad bagged four wickets to bundle Yogi for 158.

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