Rana steers Alubond to Big Forty title

Rana steers Alubond to Big Forty title

DCC 40’s Club may have finished with the wooden spoon but Muhammad Afzal gave his team something to celebrate after he was adjudged the Man of the Tournament.



Alubond Cool & Cool team pose win the winners trophy. — Supplied photo

Alubond Cool & Cool team pose win the winners trophy. — Supplied photo

Dubai — Akbar Rana played a stellar role as Alubond Cool & Cool cruised past DCC 40’s Club without a sweat in the final of the Dubai Cricket Council’s Big Forty cricket tournament at the Sevens ground on Tuesday night.

Rana scalped three wickets after his skipper Shaji Ul Mulk won the toss and put DCC 40’s Club in to bat. Having skittled them out for 151 in 24.1 overs, Alubond got to their target in 23.5 overs for the loss of five wickets. Rana chipped in with some invaluable 29 runs to help his team home while he also walked away with the Man of the Match award.

Qader Khan too played an important role in Alubond’s victory but was unfortunate to have lost out on the award to his teammate after he took two wickets for 11 runs and top-scored for his team with 39 runs.

Alubond’s Muhammad Ajmal managed one wicket in the final but his overall performance in the tournament — where he took 13 wickets from 5 matches — fetched him the Best Bowler of the Tournament.

DCC 40’s Club may have finished with the wooden spoon but Muhammad Afzal gave his team something to celebrate after he was adjudged the Man of the Tournament.

DCC were off to a flying start with their openers Abbas Khan and Saeed Al Saffar adding 50 runs for the opening wicket. But Akbar Rana trapped Saffar (19) and Saleem Saeed sent Vijay Mehra for an early shower as Alubond found their way back.

And when they got Abbas, who was looking in good nick, out immediately Alubond had their tails up. Abbas was going great guns having scored 37 from 40 balls with six boundaries.

But Gaby Alex took it upon himself to carry the team’s burden. With not much support from his teammates he played some fluent strokes hitting two massive sixes and a four. But once he was run-out for 47 from 38 balls the innings folded up for 151.


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