IT Works stuns PTI, Assarain routs Renaissance
October 22, 2019 | 6:06 PM
Basta openers Abrar Javed and Deepak Gakhar

MUSCAT: Nester Dhamba’s 5 for 21 was instrumental in IT Works upsetting a depleted Passage to India (PTI) side in a Premier Division 50-over League game at Oman Cricket grassy ground 1 on Saturday.

Missing as many as six of its first eleven side, PTI stuttered for a start before struggling its way to a premature stop at 110 all out in the 34 th over. Apart from Dhamb’s superb spell, Imran Muhammed bowled well too, taking 3 for 18.

Kashyap Prajapati was PTI’s lone warrior, scoring a fighting 52 off 70. Having to chase a small total, IT Works raced to the target in just 22.4 overs, scoring 113 for 3. Dhamba excelled with the bat too, scoring a solid 52 off 54 to lead his side to a 7-wicket win. Akmal Shahzad contributed a useful 30.

Brief Scores (Premier Division): Passage To India 110 all out in 33.5 overs (Kashyapkumar Prajapati 52 – 4x4, Nester Dhamba 5-21, Imran Muhammed 3-18) lost to IT Works 113 for 3 in 22.4 (Nester Dhamba 54 – 6x4, 2x6, Akmal Shahzad 30 – 5x4, Ihsan Ullah Khan 1-36, Wasim Ali 1-25, Kashyapkumar Prajapati 1-17) by 7 wickets.

Ramkumar Pandarathil rose to the occasion with a responsible half century, making sure depleted Assarain did not stumble on its way to 7-wicket victory against Renaissance in a Premier Division game at the same venue on Friday.

Missing a number of its star players, away on national duty in UAE, Assarain made sure Renaissance did not post a challenging total on the board, restricting the Premier Division newcomers to 177 for 9 in 50 overs. Bowling with great discipline, Shakeel Ahmed, Sindo Michael and Rafi Ulllah all claimed two wickets each.

The run chase proved to be a little more than a cake walk for Assarain as it raced to the target in just 20.1 overs, scoring 181 for 3. Apart from Pandarathil, Khadil Kail and Sanuth Ebrahim batted well too, contributing fluent 43 and 37


Brief Scores (Premier Division): Renaissance 177 for 9 in 50 overs (Nikhil Uttam Shinde 50 – 2x4, Adil Khan 42 – 3x4, 2x6. Shakeel Ahmad 2-29, Sindo Michael 2- 40, Rafi Ullah 2-51) lost to Assarain 181 for 3 in 20.1 overs (Ramkumar Pandarathil

60 – 7x4, 2x6, Khadil Kail 43 – 5x4, 1x6, Sanuth Ebrahim 37 – 5x4) by 7 wickets.

Sarfraz, Zeeshan power E&Y to victory

Middle order bat Omar Sarfraz finally found his feet while paceman Rana Zeeshan rocked Ooredoo with a four-wicket spell as Ernst & Young (E&Y) scored an emphatic 52-run win in an A Division clash at Oman Cricket’s grassy ground 2 on Friday.

Sarfraz struck a solid 70 off 78 balls to put E&Y on track for a fighting total after it was reduced to 65 for 3 in 11 overs. Mohammed Nayaz (31) and opener Issa Al Balushi (30) were its other main scorers before it was dismissed for 215 in the 47th over. Muhammed Waqas and Melwin Mathew bagged three wickets each.

With a 3-wicket penetrating spell of fast bowling, Zeeshan struck early blows, reducing Ooredoo to 54 for 4 in 16 overs. It was an uphill task for Ooredoo from there on and it folded up for only 163 in the 37 th over. Captain Alkesh Joshi, Pankaj Gupta and Harikrishnan picked up two wickets each.

Brief Scores (A Division): Ernst &Young 215 all out in 46.3 overs (Omar Sarfraz 70 – 3x4, 5x6, Mohammed Nayaz 31 – 3x4,1x6, Issa Al Balushi 30 – 6x4, Muhammed Waqas 3-22, Melwin Mathew 3-34, Sunil Baby 2-34) trounced Ooredoo 163 all out in 36.3 overs (Dhammika Premadasa 37 – 5x4, 1x6, Muhammed Waqas 35 – 3x4, 1x6, Rana Zeeshan 4-14, Alkesh Joshi 2-12) by 52 runs

An unbroken 122-run opening wicket partnership saw Basta CT to a big 10-wicket win over hapless OCT Amerat in a Bi Division game at Muscat Municipality ground 1.

Opting to bat first, OCT Amerat was dismissed for 119 as Qamar Nazir bowled brilliantly to bag 3 for 24 while Shahid Mehmood and Prasad Peruli took two wickets each.

Basta batted like there was no tomorrow, racing to 120 without loss in only 7.4 overs at more than 15 runs an over thanks to a whirlwind 65 off 26 balls including 7 big sixes. Fellow opener Deepak Ghakhar also scored an entertaining 41 off 22.

Brief Scores (B Division): OCT Amerat 119 all out in 27.4 overs (Nathar Pashambeh Al Balushi 23 – 2x4, Qamar Nazir Ahmed 3-24, Shahid Mehmood 2-16, Prasad Peruli 2-21) lost to Basta CT 120 for 0 in 7.4 overs (Abrar Javed 65 – 4x4, Deepak

Gakhar 41 – 9x4) by 10 wickets.

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