UAE and Oman win

The Gulf Cup cricket tournament for nationals moved up a notch as hosts UAE and Oman chalked up clearcut victories.

The two sides are unbeaten in the competition at the Sharjah stadium after Friday night’s fixtures.

The UAE rode on fluent half-centuries by their openers Saeed Al Saffar and Qais Farooq to beat Kuwait by 169 runs while Oman accounted for Saudi Arabia by 10 wickets as both the matches turned out to be one-sided affairs, a media release from the organisers said on Saturday.

Al Saffar smashed 72 off 33 balls with five fours and four sixes while Qais weighed in with 71 off 42 balls with four fours and two sixes during their first wicket stand of 159 runs as the UAE, batting first, posted a massive 261 for five in the allotted 20 overs.

Salman Farooq (21 off 16 balls) and Mohammed Tauqir (29 off 12 balls with four fours and one six) further consolidated the gains, but it was Fahad Hashmi (38 off 11 balls with two fours and four sixes) who ended the innings with a flourish.

Kuwait, in reply, were restricted to 92 for eight with Salman Farooq taking three wickets for just 14 runs. Only two players, Fahad Bastaki (34) and A.R. Kandari (18), managed to reach the double figure mark.

In the other match, Oman comfortably held sway over Saudi Arabia. They first shot out their opponents for a meagre 57 and then raced the victory target in just 7.3 overs. Khalid Moosa toyed with the Saudi attacked, scoring 52 not out off just 30 balls with 10 fours and one six.

Earlier, Qais bin Khalid and Yousuf Rahim ran through the tentative Saudi batting, picking up three wickets each while Mohammed Ishaq further added to their woes with a two-wicket haul.

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