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Lions roar to win Arabian Cricket

A total of eight Dubai Cricket Council ‘A’ Division teams took part in the event.

By Kt Report

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Published: Mon 23 Mar 2015, 1:59 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:56 PM

Danube Lions stamped their authority over Alubond Tigers

Inspired by Asif Ali’s superb unbeaten 93 runs, Danube Lions roared to a massive 122-run margin win over Alubond Tigers in the final of the Arabian Cricket League played at the Dubai Sports City.

A total of eight Dubai Cricket Council ‘A’ Division teams took part in the event.

The previous game between the finalists saw Danube winning by four wickets as its players chased down the 174 they required with just one ball in hand.

But with the Lions batting first this time, it soon became apparent those same players were in no mood to let matters get so tight in the final.

Shahzad Manna (64 off 47), got the ball rolling for Danube and there was a late flourish from Fakhar Zaman (25 off 13), but the headlines was grabbed by Asif Ali.

Asif Ali’s 93 not out was studded with six sixes and seven fours and his explosive batting ensured Danube post 225 runs.

The target was a daunting one for the Tigers and the side never looked to be in contention as Danube finished the job with aplomb by restricting the opponents to 103 runs.

Amir Hayat started the Tigers rot with two wickets for 21 runs before Emmad Ali, who finished with a four-wicket haul for 14 runs, administered the final rites.

The Alubond Tigers side were ultimately bowled out in 15.4 overs.

Dubai Sports City, Crystal Gallery, the Dubai Cricket Council and the Khaleej Times supported the tournament.

Danube Lions were awarded the trophy produced by Crystal Gallery along with the winners cheque of Dh20,000.

Danube Lions’ Asif Ali picked up Dh1,000 for the player of the final while his teammate Asif Iqbal also found himself Dh1,000 richer when he was named player of the tournament.



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