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Bounce Club, Nishtar Club win basketball contests

Bounce Club, Nishtar Club win basketball contests

KARACHI: Bounce Club and Nishtar Club struggled to overcome Arambagh Club and Karsaz Club respectively on the opening day of the Sindh Sports Board (SSB) Ramazan Cup basketball tournament at Arambagh floodlit court on Monday night.

After some ups and downs, Bounce Club carved out 43-39 point victory over Arambagh Club in extra time after both teams were locked 38-all in the regulation time.

Bounce, who trailed 6-7 in first quarter, garnered 16 points in the second as against 11 by their opponents to lead 22-18 at half time.

However, the winners succumbed to opponent’s pressure and squandered their lead in the third quarter to 27-28 scoring five points against Arambagh’s 10 before winning the last quarter 11-10 but to no avail as both were tied at 38-all.

In the extra five minute, Bounce managed to score five points while Arambagh could only score one.

Mohammad Aqib of Bounce Club, who was declared Man of the Match, scored 13 points and was assisted by Mubashir 10. Fawad Anwar and Wajid Ahmed scored 12 and eight for losers.

In the next match, guided by Talha Amjad’s heroics, Nishtar Club recovered from the deficit to turn the tables on Karsaz Club 41-38 in another nail-biting finish.

Nishtar, who led the first quarter 13-6, was in hot waters as they trailed 17-18 at half time. The two teams were locked 29-all in third quarter as Nishtar scored 12 against 11 by Karsaz. The last quarter made all the difference which Nishtar won 12-9.

Talha, who won Man of the Match award, finished with a score of 18. He was followed by Ali Chenzeb 13.

Shahmir, Anas Khan and Bakhtiar scored 13, 13 and 12 respectively for losers.—Sports Correspondent

Sohail hat-trick secures draw for Lions

LAHORE: A hat-trick from Rana Sohail Riaz helped Lahore Lions earn a 3-3 draw after trailing 0-3 against Karachi Sharks as three more matches were decided in the 1st OGDCL Five-A-Side Hockey Tournament under the floodlights of the National Hockey Stadium here on Monday night.

Two-goal Hasan Anwar gave the Sharks their first goal in the second half after a barren first period of play. Amad Butt then doubled the lead 2-0 before Hasan again scored to give Shark an impressive 3-0 lead.

But the Lions roared back through Rana Sohail, who slammed thrice to steal the show.

Earlier, Islamabad Fighters earned their second consecutive victory when they trounced Quetta Warriors 7-5 thanks to fine hat trick by Awais-ur- Rehman, the hero of Pakistan 1-0 victory against India in the last South Asian Games held in India this year.

But even the committee, assigned to decide man-of-the-match overlooked Awais’ heroics by declaring M. Rashid for the award despite the recipient scoring one goal.

Rizwan Senior (2) and Wasim Akram (1) were the other scorers for the winners.

From the losing side, Kashif Javed (2), Shaharyar, Fayyaz Yaqoob, Kashif Ali added one goal each.

In the last match of the night, Faisalabad Falcons seized their second win when they outgunned Peshawar Panthers 8-2 as Dilber, Atif Mushtaq, Atiq Rashid all contributed two goals each for the winners while Mohsin Sabir and Mubashar Ali chipped in with one goal each.

For the losing side, Samiullah Khan scored both the two goals.—Sports Reporter

Imad inspires Omar Associates to victory

KARACHI: Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim produced a brilliant show under pressure as last year’s runners-up Omar Associates pulled off an exciting five-wicket victory over K-Electric in the fourth Naya Nazimabad Ramazan Cup late on Monday night.

Imad struck an unbeaten 57 after claiming two wickets for 15 runs at the Lawai Cricket Stadium to win the man-of-the-match award from chief guest Saleem Karim, president of Pakistan Disabled Cricket Association.

Chasing a modest target of 117, Omar Associates slumped to 30-5. But Imad and Bismillah Khan turned the course of the match with two balls to spare in a magnificent unfinished partnership of 90.

Imad’s 49-ball innings contained six boundaries and a pair of sixes, while Bismillah hit 39 from 29 deliveries with the aid of four fours and one six.

Pakistan Under-19 all-rounder Mohammad Hassaan Khan grabbed four wickets for 19 runs with his left-arm spin and began Omar Associates’ early slide in the run chase by dismissing Zakir Malik and Usman Khan on the first two deliveries of the innings.

Earlier, K-Electric were bowled out for 116 on the last ball of their 20 overs after being put into bat. Fazal Subhan contributed 30 off 26 balls with three fours and one six. Rizwan Khan made 23 with two fours. Imad and fellow left-arm spinner Fawad Khan chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Summarised scores:

K-ELECTRIC 116 in 20 overs (Fazal Subhan 30, Rizwan Khan 23, Majid Khan 15; Imad Wasim 2-15, Fawad Khan 2-33); OMAR ASSOCIATES 119-5 in 19.4 overs (Imad Wasim 57 not out, Bismillah Khan 39 not out; Mohammad Hassaan Khan 4-19).—Sports Reporter

All-Pakistan Ramazan Football Cup

LAHORE: The All-Pakistan Ramazan Football Cup Tournament will be played at two venues in Model Town under floodlights from June 23 to July 3.

Overall, 48 clubs have confirmed their entries for the tournament, which will be played on knock-out basis.

The clubs who have confirmed the entries include Real Club, Fame Club, Fame Sports Club, Lahore United Club, Jallo Club, Okara Academy, Jamshoro Sindh Club, ABC Shahkot Club, Murad Club, Baba Cargo Club, Mangamandi Club, Black Pool Club, Al-star Club, Sparton Club, Khaksaar Club and Edger Club.

Published in Dawn, June 22nd, 2016

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