MUSCAT: Brilliant match-winning performance by Shuaib, who slammed 131 and then bagged 6 for 18, powered Al Mardhuf CT to a massive 164-run victory against OCT Seeb in a B Division game at Muscat Municipality ground 1 in Amerat on Friday.
OCT had to pay a heavy price for putting Al Mardhuf in after winning the toss as its opponents piled up a huge 270 for 1 in 30 overs thanks to superb knocks by Shuaib (131 off 90) and Nadeem (109 not out off 83). The duo was also involved in a 246-run stand for the opening wicket. Shuaib then bowled brilliantly well, taking six wickets while Shanidh claimed 2 wickets for only 3 runs.
Brief scores: Al Mardhuf CT 270 for 1 in 30 overs (Shuaib 131 – 23x4, 1x6, Nadeem 109 not out – 16x4) thrashed OCT Seeb 106 all out in 19.1 overs (Abbas 39 – 5x4, Issam Uthman 23 – 3x4. Shuaib 6-18, Shanidh 2-03) by 164 runs.
Al Mada Engineering win
In another B Division clash, Sameer Sheik’s magnificent spell and Jaleel Mahamood’s sterling all-round show helped Al Mada Engineering to a comfortable 8 wicket win over Ernst and Young (E&Y) at Muscat Municipality ground 2.
Sameer was instrumental in having E&Y dismissed for 154 in the 29th over, taking 5 for 21 while Jaleel bagged 3 wickets for 24. Mohammed Nayaz (37 off 40) and Issa Al Balushi (32 off 29) were the main scorers.
Al Mada raced to the target in only 20.3 overs, scoring 158 for 2 thanks to Jaleel’s brilliant 54 not out. Ashok Patel (40) and Nishanth Menon (26 not out) were the other notable scorers.
Brief scores: Ernst & Young 154 all out in 28.1 overs (Mohammed Nayaz 37 – 3x4, Issa Al Balushi 32 – 3x4, 1x6. Sameer Sheik 5-21, Jaleel Mahamood 3-24) lost to Al Mada Engineering 158 for 2 in 20.3 overs (Jaleel Mahamood 54 not out – 7x4, Ashok Patel 40 – 7x4, Nishanth Menon 26 not out – 5x4) by 8 wickets.
Yousuf shines for Bank Muscat
Star Omani player Yousuf Al Balushi stroked a masterful 97 to script a narrow 10-run victory against National Bank of Oman (NBO) in a D Division clash at the same venue later in the day.
Batting first in a battle of big banks, Bank Muscat piled up 202 for 5 in 20 overs thanks to Yousuf’s superb batting in which he also slammed 5 huge sixes. Abbas Al Balushi was impressive too in his knock of 41 not out.
NBO gave the big total a valiant chase but fell short by 10 runs, scoring 192 for 7 in the stipulated 20 overs. Mustansar Hussain (68 off 38) and Maanas Kapoor (45 off 21) played superbly but could not really take their side to victory. Mohsin Nazir and Nishanth Bhavsar took two wickets each for Bank Muscat.
Brief scores: Bank Muscat 202 for 5 in 20 overs (Yousuf Al Balushi 97 – 10x4, 5x6, Abbas Al Balushi 41 not out – 2x4. Moazzam Shah 2-30, Zaheer Abbas 2-39) defeated NBO 192 for 7 in 20 overs (Mustansar Hussain 68 – 12x4, Maanas Kapoor 45 – 2x4, 3x6. Mohsin Nazir 2-31, Nishanth Bhavsar 2-34) by 10 runs.
Faizaan stars for Ideal
Faizaan Muhammed steered Ideal International to a nail-biting 3 wicket win against Oasis Water in an E Division match at Muscat Municipality ground 3.
Oasis Water was bundled out for 155 in 18 overs. Ratheesh Parambil (29 off 17) and Javed (28 off 18) were the main scorers. Faizaan Muhammed and Haneef Hodekar took two wickets each.
Ideal achieved the target on the penultimate ball of the final over, scoring 159 for 7. Batting at number 7, Faizaan contributed vital 48 not out to ensure a thrilling win for his side. Shameel Mohammed (32) and Akbar Shaikh (27) batted well too. Javed and Mansoor Veedu claimed two wickets each.
Brief scores: Oasis Water 155 all out in 18 overs (Ratheesh Parambil 29 – 5x4, Javed 28 – 6x4. Faizaan 2-17, Haneef Hodekar 2-21) lost to Ideal International 159 for 7 in 19.5 overs (Faizaan Muhammed 48 not out – 8x4, Shameel Mohammed 32 – 5x4. Javed 2-15, Mansoor Veedu 2-21) by 3 wickets.