Abu Dhabi Gymkhana and Danube Lions notch wins
UAE players hogged the limelight in the two matches played in the DCC Elite Cup 50 overs tournament at the Fair ground oval in Dubai over the week-end.
Irfan Haider and Rohan Mustafa played match winning roles to lead Abu Dhabi Gymkhana and Danube Lions to facile wins in the Dubai Cricket Council run tournament.
Abu Dhabi Gymkhana rattled off 252 runs riding on good batting essays from Irfan Haider who made 62 and Ali Azmat who top scored for his team with a knock of 75 before he was run out.
Irfan hit six fours in his knock while Azmat slammed eight fours and a six.
Sajjad Saeed then hoisted three sixes, while Awais Aftab struck a quick 39 runs to help their team race to 252 runs.
Farooq Cricket Club lost two early wickets as Adeel Raja picked up Asim Saeed and Ahmed Shaukat to jolt them.
Experienced Rashid Khan then played a patient knock and found a good ally in Aamir Ifthikar who made 28 runs with two fours.
Rashid shepherded the other batsmen and kept his team in the hunt with a knock of 53 off 77 balls hitting a six and four boundaries before he was picked up Irfan Haider who had earlier taken the wicket of Aamir Ifthikar.
Shehzad Khalid remained unbeaten as their innings folded for 187 runs.
In the second game a strong Ibsons team was restricted to 183 runs as spinners Sanjeewa Dias and Rohan Mustafa bowled telling spells bagging four and three wickets respectively.
UAE all-rounder Fayyaz Ahmed coming in to bat at number eight top scored for them with a whirlwind knock of 44 runs in 17 balls in which he hit seven fours and two sixes to helpIbsons notch 183 runs.
Earlier Ibrahim Malik contributed 30 runs while Baber Malik 33 with two sixes.
In reply Danube Lions ensured their second win with a good start by their openers Asif Iqbal 23, and Andri Berenger 53, putting on 64 runs for opening stand in the first 16 overs.
Young Andri hit five fours in his knock of 53 which gave his team the required impetus to push on.
Skipper Syed Maqsood utilised his vast experience to ensure a win for Danube making 50 runs in 83 balls with three fours to scamper past the target in 48 overs.
Rohan Mustafa rounded off a good day making 26 with two fours to bag the man of the match award.
Abu Dhabi Gymkhana beat Farooq CC by 65 runs
Abu Dhabi Gymkahana 252 runs for 5 wickets 46 overs (Saqib Shah 21, Ifan Haider 62, Ali Azmat 75, Awais Afrat 39no, Sajjad Saeed 23no)
Farooq CC 187 all out in 41.1 overs (Rashid Khan 53, Aamir Ifthikar 28, Adel Reyal 15, Shahzad Khalid 23no, Jamshed Ahmed 2 for 44, Adeel Raja 3 for 21, Irfan Haider 2 for 39)
Man of the match: Irfan Haider of Abu Dhabi Gymkhana.
Danube Lions beat Ibsons CC by 4 wickets
Ibsons 183 all out in 38.4 overs (Ibrahim Malik 30, Baber Malik 33, Irfan Haji 14, Fayyaz Ahmed 44, Tahir Mughal 24, Rohan Mustafa 3 for 39, Sanjeewa Dias 4 for 28)
Danube Lions 184 for 6 in 48 overs (Asif Iqbal 23, Andri Berenger 53, Syed Maqsood 50, Rohan Mustafa 26, Usman Mushtaq 2 for 36)
Man of the match: Rohan Mustafa of Danube Lions.
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