Muscat: Assarain A registered a comfortable six wicket win against Passage to India thanks to a brilliant 104 (87b, 1x6 and 14x4) from skipper Arif Hussain, following his 150 last week and an excellent spell of bowling from Mohammed Nadeem who ended with bowling figures of 4 for 58 off 10 overs including a maiden over.
The Muscat Pharmacy & Stores LLC sponsored 50 overs a side A Division match was played during the week end at the Ministry Ground at Al Amerat.
Batting first Passage to India (PTI) were tottering with the scoreboard reading 137 for the loss of sevn wickets off 34.5 overs. PTI thanks to a 123 run eighth wicket partnership between No.5 batsman Abdulahad Malik 143 (104b, 1x6 and 19x4) and Aamir Ali batting at No.8 making a valuable 63 (76b, 6x4) reached 267 off 49.3 overs. Mohammed Abbas 2 for 43 off 10 overs including four maiden overs and Sindo Michael 2 for 54 off nine overs lent valuable support to Mohammed Nadeem.
Assarain in reply were off to a solid start with openers Arun Poulose 71 (98b, 7x4) and Zeeshan Maqsood 48 (44b, 7x4) being associated in a 78 run partnership for the first wicket off 14 overs.
Thereafter Arun together with Arif put together 103 runs for the second wicket to help reach the target with 14 deliveries to spare losing four wickets. Jaymin Tailor picked up two wickets giving away 65 runs off 10 overs.
Brief scores: Passage to India 267all out off 49.3 overs (Abdulahad Malik 143 and Aamir Ali 63; Mohammed Nadeem 4/58, Mohammed Abbas 2/43 and Sindo Michael 2/54) lost to Assarain A 268 for the loss of 4 wickets off 47.4 overs (Arif Hussain 104, Arun Poulose 71 and Zeeshan Maqsood 48; Jaymin Tailor 2/65).
Points: Assarain A – 4 points (5 games – 17 points) and Passage to India – Nil points (4 games – 5 points).