Pacific Ventures book quarters berth

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Pacific Ventures book quarters berth

Defending champion Pacific Ventures confirmed its spot in the quarter-finals of the Summer Indoor Tournament with a crushing 126-run win over Unique Real Estate at the ICC Academy at Dubai Sports City.

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Published: Mon 23 Sep 2013, 2:49 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:11 AM

Pacific Ventures’ players celebrate reaching the quarter-finals of the Summer Indoor Tournament at the ICC Academy.

And the side it beat in last year’s final, Danube, maintained its 100 per cent record with an 18-run victory over Googly, a win that ensured it topped its Pool.

Pacific Ventures looked as though its title defence would be doomed to fail after a shock opening loss to Xpress Money UAE Exchange in Pool D.

But needing to win both its remaining Pool matches to make the knock-out stage, it has done exactly that and is now playing like defending champions.

An enormous win by 179 runs over Standard Chartered was followed by this latest success against Unique Real Estate, a victory founded on solid batting and a devastating late burst with the ball.

Pacific Ventures lost just two wickets in compiling a score of 93 and then responded by reducing its opponent to a score of minus 33 runs.

Each match is an eight-a-side contest of 12 overs per team. Players bat in pairs for three overs each and a side loses five runs every time it loses a wicket.

Unique Real Estate was never in the hunt to chase down the demanding total but it lost eight wickets in the last three overs of its innings to give the final result a very one-sided look.

Kumara P was Pacific Ventures’ player of the match, following up his innings of 13 with bowling figures of four wickets for minus 18 runs. Sameer Nayak and Rohan Nayak each took three wickets.

The win places Pacific Ventures on top of Pool C but it will slip into second spot if Xpress Money UAE Exchange beats Standard Chartered in the final preliminary stage encounter in that section.

The top two sides from each of the four Pools will contest the quarter-finals.

In Pool A, Dubai Lions and SFS are set to compete to determine which of them will move forward alongside Noor Cricket Club while it is a similar scenario in Pool B where DBMSC Steel and RSA Logistics are set to battle it out to decide which will make progress alongside the Rowdy Cricketers.

Commenting on the latest action ICC Academy Head Coach Mudassar Nazar, the former Pakistan all-rounder, said: “It would have been easy to write off Pacific Ventures after its opening loss but it has responded superbly and remains very much in the hunt for honours.

“But although its players will know they have done something very impressive by getting through to the quarter-finals after that initial defeat, those players will also be aware of the task that lies ahead of them.”

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