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Lahore Amar Cables lift National Seniors Cup

Lahore Amar Cables lift National Seniors Cup

SIALKOT: Northern regions winners Lahore Amar Cables clinched the National Seniors Cup cricket title after sealing a five-wicket win over southern region champions Karachi Omar Assoc­iates in the floodlight final at the Faraz Sports Ground in Sialkot the other day.

According to details made available by the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA) here on Monday, Karachi Omar Associates were bowled out for 121 in 28.1 overs after put into bat.

The Karachi outfit lost top three batsmen for as many runs as Sajid Ali, Nadeem Shaikh and Azhar Ali could make only one run each. The innings was revived by Imran Javed who battled for 64 balls to make 38 with the help of one six and five fours.

Adnan Malik’s unbeaten 22 off 25 balls, containing one six and two fours, allowed Karachi Omar Associates to raise a fighting total. The spin trio of Shakeel Malik (2-8), Akbar Ali (2-15) and Rehan Rauf (2-26) caused most damage after medium-pacer Rehan Riaz took 2-29.

Set a modest target of 122 in 30 overs, Lahore Amar Cables romped home with more than 13 overs to spare with opener Jamshed Suleiman contributing 38 off 39 balls. His opening partner Ahmed Shahab struck four boundaries in 12-ball 19 while Afzal Shah hit one six and two fours in 21 off 15 balls.

Leg-spinner Mahmood KK with 3-22 was the pick of the Karachi Omar Associates bowlers.

Later prizes were distributed with Fazal Jilani being the chief guest. He presented the winner’s trophy and a cheque of Rs 150,000 to Lahore Amar Cables skipper Amir Butt. The owner of the champion team further announced another purse of Rs 150,000 for the winning the trophy.

Karachi Omar Associates skipper Jaffer Qureshi received the runners-up trophy and a cheque of Rs 75,000 while individual awards were clinched by Mohammad Javed (best batsman), Shakeel Malik (best bowler), Azhar Khan (best wicket-keeper) and Bilal Khilji (best all-rounder).

PVCA chairman Fawad Ijaz Khan, while recognizing the phenomenal growth of cricket activities in the industrial town of Sialkot, praised the development of a high quality cricket stadium in the city famed for producing sports goods, leather garments and surgical equipments.

The tournament saw a record number of 107 teams from 52 cities participating.

Published in Dawn, May 09th, 2017

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