Oman Cricket: Young Shuaib shines as OCT Muscat upset Sinha
September 11, 2017 | 5:26 PM
by Times News Service
OCT Muscat players pose for a group photo after their win over Sinha CT. Photo - Supplied

Muscat: Star Omani all-rounder Shuaib Ismail Al Balushi commissioned all his talent to survive a searing spell of fast bowling by Sinha pacer Fonzeka who threatened to win the game singlehandedly for his team OCT Muscat while chasing a lowly 113 in an A Division league cricket match at MOS Ground I.

OCT Muscat did finally reach the target but not before losing eight wickets in the process. Shuaib struck eight fours in his match-winning knock of 52 off 47 balls. Majid Hussain Al Balushi was the other notable scorer with a fighting 21. Fonzeka returned impressive figures of six wickets for 26 runs in nine overs, two of which were maidens.

Baddage Don claimed two for 22. Sinha, put in to bat first, struggled against the onslaught of OCT Muscat bowlers and were bowled out for a meagre 113. Only Lakmal showed some resistance, scoring 31. Zubair Akbar Al Balushi turned out to be the most successful bowler, taking five wickets for 36 in his quote of 10 overs.

Brief scores: Sinha 113 all out in 38 overs (Lakmal 31; Zubair Akbar Al Balushi 5/36) lost to OCT Muscat 117 for 8 in 24.1 overs (Shuaib Ismail Al Balushi 52, Majid Hussain Al Balushi 21; Fonzeka 6/26, Baddage Don 2/22).

Mott Macdonald maul MARH

A brilliant all-round display by Sagar Ingle powered Mott Macdonald to an eight-wicket win over Moosa Abdul Rahman Hassan (MARH) in a D Division T20 encounter at Municipality Ground II.

Chasing a modest target of 125, Mott Macdonald raced to victory in just 11.4 overs thanks to a brilliant 51 by Sagar who had also bowled well to claim two wickets.

Earlier middle order batsman Vishal Shetty played a responsible knock of 64 to lend MARH innings some momentum.

Brief scores: MARH 125 for 5 (Vishal Shetty 64, Mohammed IrfanIsrar 30; Sagar Ingle 2/17, Jijo Jackson 2/27) lost to Mott Macdonald 126 for 2 (Sagar Ingle 51, Tawsif Tambe 38).

Victory for Gazal Spices

Gazal Spices team celebrate after defeating Oasis Water. Photo - Supplied

Gazal Spices got their season off to a flying start, beating Oasis Water by four wickets in an E Division match at Municipality Ground III.

Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, Gazal Spices restricted Oasis Water to 135 and then chased the total down in just 14.3 overs.

Brief scores: Oasis Water 135 for 5 (Jerrin Davis 44, Anoop Kizhakke 27; R. Viyath 2/19) lost to Gazal Spices 136 for 6 (Owais Muhammed 38, Sajeev Sebastian 38).

Sushil stars for Khalsa

Khalsa United players after their win over RAHRC. Photo - Supplied

Khalsa United put up a solid show in the season’s first outing, wining their F Division match against RAHRC by 57 runs, thanks to brilliant all-round display by Sushil Kadam at Municipality Ground IV.

Having set a target of 200 to win, Khalsa restricted RAHRC to just 133 in the allotted 20 overs.

Brief scores: Khalsa United 199 for 9 (SushilKadam 42, Shahid Ali Chohan 42, Muhammed Pervez 31; Mohammed Firoz 2/34, Ajithkumar Krishna 2/29) bt RAHRC 133 for 9 (KarthikRajappa 30; SushilKadam 3/19, Muhammed Paervez 2/26).

Adeel lifts Mani Azad

Hard-hitting opening batsman Adeel Anwar smashd 80 off 41 balls to pave the way for Manis Azad International’s comfortable win against OCT Al Hail B in their G Division match at Municipality Ground IV.

Facing a daunting task of having to chase 194, OCT Al Hail B could manage only 127 for nine in 20 overs.

Brief scores: Manis Azad International 194 for 6 (Adeel Anwar 80, Mohsin Ansari 24; RashidRasool 3/30) bt OCT Al Hail B 127 for 9 (Khalid Rahim 53; Tariq 2/24, Riaz Abdul Kayum 2/17, Anil Anwar 2/19, Saleem Salam 2/30).

Sketch International win

Sketch International defeated TR Engineering thanks to Din Mohammed’s impressive four-wicket spell in their H Division game at OAC ground. Batting first, Sketch International scored 153 for eight and then bowled out their opponents for 139 in 18.3 overs.

Brief scores: Sketch International 153 for 8 (Bhatia 34, Zainuddin 23; Dosani 2/32) bt TR Engineering 139 all out (Shaikh 29; Din Mohammed 4/39, Murgha 2/13).

Kone trounce Al Siraj

All-rounders Rijo Kuriakose and Harshith Kumar led Kone CT to an easy 45-run win against Al Siraj Holdings in an I Division game at OAC Ground. Batting first, Kone scored 179 for nine thanks to superb batting by Rijo (50) and Harshith (52). Al Siraj could only score 134 for 9. Mahesh Kumar took four wickets for 27.

Brief scores: Kone CT 179 for 9 (Rijo Kuriakose 50, Harshith Kumar 52; Balasubramanian Ramadasan 2/10, Krishna Kumar 2/40) bt Al Siraj Holdings 134 for 9 (Krishna Kumar 44, Sandeep Penumudi 40; Mahesh Kumar Pillai 4/27, Harshith Kumar 3/27, Rijo Kuriakose 2/16).

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