Qasim ton lights up Phoenix’s victory

SHARJAH - An unbeaten composed century by Mohammad Qasim helped Phoenix Medicine score a commanding 76-run victory over Cost Cutter CC in the 39th Bukhatir League ‘A’ Division Tournament organised by the Sharjah Cricket Council, according to a Press release.



Winning the toss and choosing to bat first at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Phoenix Medicine found the going right with openers Fahad Ansari and Hafiz Kaleem providing an ideal start.

Kaleem was the aggressive one slamming a brilliant 17-ball 32 consisting of four boundaries and two sixes. Ansari was joined by Qasim and the duo put on another superb stand of 70-run for the second wicket with Ansari departing scoring a steady 43 from 63 balls including two fours and three sixes.

Qasim continued to play his natural game despite his partners falling at regular intervals with Cost Cutter’s Adeel Safi making most of the damage picking three wickets and taking his tally to four.

Qasim found an able partner in Usman Manzoor (28 not out), Phoenix Medicine’s last batsman, and helped himself to a fine century. Qasim’s 108 came off 130 deliveries with the help of nine hits to the fence as Phoenix Medicine achieved a competitive 267 for nine in 50 overs.

In reply, Cost Cutter’s opener Shakoor Khan provided a strong response scoring a 87-ball 51 and Mohammad Iqbal hitting a 32 from 41 deliveries. But Daniyal Shakeel bowled a great spell to bag four wickets in his 10 overs to put Cost Cutter in the back foot.

A late Akhtar (43, 32b, 4x4, 3x6) ignited slight hopes of a fight back but it was too late as Cost Cutter folded up at 191 in 43.2 overs.

Mohsin Anwer was the other successful bowler claiming two wickets from his eight overs.

Brief scores

Phoenix Medicine bt Cost Cutter CC by 76 runs. Phoenix Medicine: 267 for nine in 50 overs (Fahad Ansari 43, Hafiz Kaleem 32, Mohammad Qasim 108 not out, Ayoub Inayat 18, Usman Manzoor 28 not out; Adeel Safi 4 for 43). Cost Cutter: 191 all out in 43.2 overs (Shakoor Khan 51, Mohammad Iqbal 32, Akhtar 43; Daniyal Shakeel 4 for 48, Mohsin Anwer 2 for 40). Man of the Match: Mohammad Qasim. Umpires: BM Abdullah and Naveed Ismail. Scorers: Muhammad Asif and Zameel Hameed


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