National Veterans T20 Cup begins in LahoreArchive
LAHORE: Two matches of the National Veterans T20 Cup, organised by the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association, were played in Lahore on Wednesday.
In the first match played at Shah Faisal cricket ground, Amar Cables defeated Sialkot Gold by five runs.
Batting first Amar Cables scored 170 for loss of two wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Amar Ilyas scored 64 while former Pakistan captain Saleem Malik scored 62.
In reply, Sialkot Gold scored 165 runs for the loss of five wickets. Zahid Rasheed scored 54 and Mohammad Yaqoob 42.
In another match played at KRL Ground, Rawalpindi, Lahore Lions defeated Askari Greens Rawalpindi by nine wickets. Batting first, Askari Greens Rawalpindi scored 135 for loss of six wickets in allotted 20 overs. Nirfan Bhatti scored a fluent 50. Imtiaz Shah, Javed Hayat and Ghaffar Kazmi of Lahore Lions took two wickets each. The required target was achieved by Lahore Lions for the loss of just one wicket. Dastagir Butt struck 69 and Rizwan Naseer a patient 54.
Karachi Omar Associates are the defending champions while the tournament is being organised by PVCA for the fifth consecutive year where players over 50 years of age are eligible to play.
Six teams of the country are taking part in the tournament which is divided into two groups. Group ‘A’ comprises Lahore Lions, Islamabad Panthers and Rawalpindi Askari Greens while Group ‘B’ consists of Amar Cables Lahore, Omar Associates Karachi and Sialkot Gold.
The top two teams will play the semi-finals on Saturday and the final on Sunday in Lahore.
The Omar Associates team is led by Ashraf Pakhali while other members are Zafar Ali, Imtiaz Safdar, Sajid Ali, Yahya Toor, Tahir Rasheed, Azharur Rehman, Sajid Ansari, Kamil Khan, Amir Hameed, Mohammad Fayyaz, Fareeduddin, Ali Akber, Syed Anwer Ali.
Khawaja Kaleem is the team manager.
Published in Dawn, April 17th, 2015
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