Title hat trick for Almasa

Almasa IT Distribution retained the Dulsco Ramadan Twenty20 title defeating Carfare Dubai by 28 runs in the final played at Zabeel Park Cricket ground on Saturday night.

By (KT Report)

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Published: Tue 21 Aug 2012, 12:09 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:49 PM

Batting first, Almasa IT Distribution were all out for 145 runs and later restricted Carfare Dubai to 117 for four to complete a hat-trick of victories by winning the 11th edition of the Dulsco Ramadan tournaments, the oldest cricket tournament being played during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

“We are very happy to retain the title,” said Almasa captain Pervaiz Ahmed after their victory. “It was a team effort; our team had been bonding well for the last two years. I was hoping to get 140 and we did get that score in the end thanks to the last over in which we scored 24 runs. Good fielding finally brought us our third consecutive victory,” Ahmed added.

Almasa have been taking part in tournament since its inception and have lost seven semi-finals in a row and now have won the titles thrice in a row.

Losing captain Hitesh Parekh said they were happy to be in the final. “We bowled well in the initial stages and reduced them to four for 50 at one stage but in the last over we conceded too many runs,” Parekh said. “The early loss of Kaleem also prevented us to make a chase,” he added. “In our debut we lost in the quarter-finals then we lost in the semi-finals the following year and now in the final. We hope we make it to the victory podium next year,” he quipped.

Almasa made a disastrous start losing opener Asif Iqbal and Ali Waqas on 14 and were in reduced to 22 for 3 but two good final overs helped them set up a target of 146 for Carfare Dubai. Shafqat Ali, who was named the man of the final, was the top scorer for the winners with 30 which included four sixes. Amjad 29, opener Yousaf Butt 21, Ashraf 19, Qasim Butt 18 and Shibit 13 were the other contributors for the winners. Harry and Shahid claimed two wickets each whilst giving away three and 24 runs. Gopal, Asghar, Kaleem and Kashif picked up one each.

Carfare Dubai began their chase disastrously losing their reliable opener Kaleem Burhan for four at the score of six. Carfare never recovered from Burhan’s loss and lost wickets at regular intervals. Three run-outs also made it difficult for Carfare Dubai as they lost momentum and ended on 117 for four. Shoiab Butt 19, Azhar Gul 19, and Asghar Butt 8 were all stranded in the middle. Babar and Kashif remained not out on 20 and 27 runs respectively.

Shafqat Ali of Almasa was named the best bowler of the tournament for his 10 wickets, Ali Waqas, also of Almasa, was declared the best batsman for his 224 runs which included 17 sixes and eight fours. Kaleem Burhan of Carfare Dubai was adjudged the best player of the tournament for his 198 runs, including a century (128), 20 sixes and five fours and seven wickets.

Prakash Madalkar, Johnson Alexander, Prakash Parab, Mohammed Bilal, Mohammed Ayub, Paresh Karia, Javed Butt of Dulsco and Farooq Siddique and Gopal Jasapara of Dubai Cricket Council were present and gave away the prizes. Rafik Shaikh, sports administrator, proposed the vote of thanks.

Brief scores

Almasa IT Distribution beat Carfare Dubai by 28 runs. Almasa 145 all out (Shafqat 30, Amjad 29, Yousaf Butt 21, Ashraf 19, Qasim Butt 18, Shibit 13; Harry 2-3, Shahid 2-24, Asghar 1-15, Kashif 1-15, Kaleem B 1-29, Gopal 1-33). Carfare Dubai 117 for four (Kashif 27*, Baber 20*, Azhar Gul 19, Shoiab Butt 19). Man of the final: Shafqat Ali of Almasa IT Distribution. Man of the tournament: Kaleem Burhan of Carfare Dubai Best bowler: Shafqat Ali of Almasa IT Distribution Best batsman: Ali Waqas of Almasa IT Distribution.

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