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Zone-V whip Zone-IV by innings to head standings

Zone-V whip Zone-IV by innings to head standings

KARACHI: Zone-V are the new leaders in the Karachi region standings in the PCB Regional Inter-district Under-19 Cricket Championships after cantering to an innings win against Zone-IV here on Wednesday.

In the third-round fixture at the Landhi Gymkhana Ground, Zone-V overwhelmed Zone-IV by innings and 51 runs to register their first outright success in the competition.

In other two games, Zone-VI and Zone-III claimed three points each after drawing against Zone-II and Zone-VII, respectively.

Resuming the last day of the two-day tie at 152-4 in reply to Zone-IV’s 126, Zone-V finished their first innings at 311-8 in the allotted 70 overs. All-rounder Tauseeq Ahmed scored a fine 91 with the help of a dozen boundaries while Shahid four fours in scoring exactly 50.

Left-arm spinner Daniyal Naveed grabbed five wickets for 101 runs.

Starting their second innings with a deficit of 185 runs, Zone-IV were dismissed for just 134 in 46.2 overs as their batsmen fell prey to paceman Saif Ali Ghauri (4-9) and the left-arm spin duo of Shahid Khan (3-43) and Mohammad Ashar Qureshi (3-51).

With 10 points from this fixture, Zone-V now have a total of 16 from three matches.

Zone-VII avoided a certain defeat against Zone-III after following on at the NBP Sports Complex.

Replying to Zone-III’s massive 406-7, Zone-VII were restricted to 213 in 66 overs after beginning their overnight innings at 66-2. Harman Waris was the top scorer with 55, featuring seven fours.

Israr Ahmed was the most successful wicket-taker with 4-61.

Batting again Zone-VII limped to 103-6 in 53 overs when the game ended. Ghani Kakar hit six fours in making 51, while Israr claimed three more wickets to finish with match bag of seven for 82.

Zone-II, who lead the standings before Wednesday with 13 points, saw Zone-VI take three points against them at the UBL Sports Complex.

Fahaddis Bukhari played a captain’s knock to guide Zone-VI from 125-6 to 219 all out in their response to Zone-II’s first-innings tally of 191. Fahaddis hammered nine boundaries and one six in his 50. Alam Khurshid Shah also made an invaluable 33 (six fours).

Mohammad Asad snared three wickets for 35 runs.

In the remaining time before stumps, Zone-II collected 225-6 in their second innings. The highlight being Saeed Raza hitting up an undefeated 100 with 16 boundaries embedded in it. Ammad Alam struck nine fours in scoring 41.

In their two appearances, Zone-VI have six points.

Matches in the fourth round starts from Friday with Zone-I facing Zone-IV at the TMC Ground, Zone-II taking on Zone-III at the NBP Sports Complex and Zone-VI playing Zone-VII at the UBL Sports Complex.

Scores and results on Wednesday (final day of two):

Summarised scores:

At NBP Sports Complex, Karachi: Match drawn.

ZONE-III 406-7 in 66 overs declared (Imran Shah 107, Rabaish Ahmed 101, Azam Khan 70, Ram Ravi 59, Usaid Ahmed 50; Daniyal Mansoor 3-62, Saad-ur-Rehman 2-58); ZONE-VII 213 in 66 overs (Harman Waris 55, Azizuddin 37, Daniyal Matloob 30, Mohammad Shoaib 29, Rahim Afridi 23; Israr Ahmed 4-61, Abrar Ahmed 2-38) and 103-6 in 53 overs (Ghani Kakar 51, Azizuddin 23; Israr Ahmed 3-21, Abrar Khan 3-26).

At Landhi Gymkhana Ground, Karachi: Zone-V beat Zone-IV by an innings and 51 runs.

ZONE-IV 126 in 45.3 overs (Hanif Azad 51, Adil Ali 26; Mohammad Asher Qureshi 4-45, Shahid Khan 2-6, Saif Ali Ghauri 2-38) and 134 in 46.2 overs (Abdullah Rafay 27, Daniyal Naveed 25; Saif Ali Ghauri 4-9, Shahid Khan 3-43, Mohammad Ashar Qureshi 3-51); ZONE-V 311-8 in 70 overs (Tauseeq Ahmed 91, Shahid Khan 50, Farooq Ali 35; Daniyal Naveed 5-101).

At UBL Sports Complex, Karachi: Match drawn.

ZONE-II 191 in 51 overs (Mohammad Asad 90, Mohammad Ali Butt 32, Ali Shah 29; Ali Hyder 4-25, Mohammad Hassaan Khan 3-27, Alam Khurshid Shah 2-77) and 225-6 in 49 overs (Saeed Raza 100 not out, Ammad Alam 41; Fahaddis Bukhari 2-16; ZONE-VI 219 in 68.3 overs (Fahaddis Bukhari 50, Alam Khurshid Shah 33, S.M. Tahami 26, Saad 26; Mohammad Asad 3-35, Kahaf Patel 2-20, Nadir Shah 2-27, Junaid Khan 2-75).

Published in Dawn, April 30th, 2015

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