Muscat: Al Twarja Trading and Ardaf Trading recorded contrasting victories to advance to the semifinals of the Oman Cricket Salalah-organised Pocari Sweat Salalah Cricket League on Friday.
In the second round of the knockout stage of the league, Al Twarja Trading defeated First Technology by six wickets to move into the semifinals while Ardaf Trading recorded a 65-run win over Samra United to book their place in the next stage.
Earlier in the morning, Taba Trading defeated United Professional by 11 runs and Al Qasid won by four wickets against Ghazal Kadra in the first round knockout matches.
The three-team semifinal lineup will be completed after the final match of the second knockout stage on February 17. The semifinals will be played on round robin league format with the top two qualifying for the final, which is scheduled for March 3.
Taba Trading 188 for 6 in 20 overs (Naushad 52 retd hurt, Shailesh 43 n.o.; Shamsheer 2/18, Aslam 2/36)bt United Professional 177 in 19.3 overs (Shihab 51, Shabeer 42; Sachin 2/28, Numan 2/33, Naushad 2/28). Man of the match: Naushad (51 runs, 2 wkts).
Ghazal Al Kadra 105 for 10 in 14.5 overs (Janeesh 15, Vijay 15; Sanjeeb 5/18, Pradeep 2/18, Sunil 2/21) lost to Al Qasid 108 for 6 in 15.1 overs (Anup V 46 n.o., Ratheesh 15; Vijay 3/24, Janeesh 2/19). Man of the match: Sandeep (5 wkts).
First Technology 127 in 20 overs (Abhijith 40, Muneer 23; Rajeesh 3/23, Sanooj 2/24; Asif Ali 2/26) lost to Al Twarja Trading 128 for 4 in 15.1 overs (Asif Ali 36, Sanooj 31 n.o). Man of the match: Sanooj (31 not out, 3 wickets).
Ardaf Trading 171 in 20 overs (Shahbaz Scored 44, Zain 32; Mohammed Mujahid 4/30, Mohammed Tahir 2/33) bt Samra United 106 in 18.2 overs (Tahir Yunis 20, Jabbar 14 runs; Rubab Ali 3/15, Ilyas 3/24, Shahid 1/7). Man of the match: Shahbaz (44 runs, 1 wicket).