Muscat: Platinum Services Diamond (PSD) lost the final game of thier league campaign to White Lotus but still emerged the champions of Al Ansari Group-sponsored B Division.
PSD ended the season with 20 points from nine matches while second-laced Zawawi Powertech Engineering netted 19 points. White Lotus was sixth with 11 points.
Star Omani all-rounder Shuaib Ismail Al Balushi and fellow opener Muhammed Nadeem Ashaq’s unbroken 231-run opening partnership led White Lotus to a stunning 10-wicket victory against table toppers PSD in a match played at Muscat Municipality Ground II in Al Amerat.
Shuaib slammed a scintillating unbeaten 102 off 56 balls while Muhammed Nadeem Ashaq whacked 98 off 50 to get their team to a one-sided win.
PSD had done well to score 227 for nine in 28 overs instead of 30 as two overs were lost to slow over rate by White Lotus. Mahbub Alam (53 off 51), Ahmed Murtaz (33 off 18), Imran Rijvi (31 off 20) and Muhammed Umar (31 off 32) were the main scorers.
Captain Neil Paily claimed three wickets while Nazish Mohammed and Malik Ali Khan took two each.
In a stunning display of batting, White Lotus overhauled the target in just 17.4 overs, scoring 231 for no loss.
Brief scores: PSD 229 for 7 in 28 overs (Mahbub Alam 53, Ahmed Murtaz 33, Imran Rijvi 31; Nail Paily 3/46, Nazish Mohammed 2/45, Malik Ali Khan 2/46) lost to White Lotus 231 for no loss in 17.4 overs (Shuaib Ismail Al Balushi 102 n.o., Muhammed Nadeem Ashaq 89 n.o.).