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19 April 2024

Azam stars in Eurocon win with all-round display

The victorious Eurocon team. (SUPPLIED)

By Staff

Mohammad Azam’s superb all-round performance ensured Eurocon coasted to victory against Multiplex International LLC in the 39th Bukhatir League ‘A’ Division Tournament organised by the Sharjah Cricket Council.

Azam first scored a gritty half century and then returned to pick three important wickets as Eurocon registered a 69-run victory at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Electing to bat first, Eurocon made a breezy start with opener Shakoor Khan scoring a 25-ball 45 consisting of five boundaries and two sixes.

Safdar Naize’s 31 came from 62 balls while Nasir Aziz took 24 balls to score 19 which drastically slowed down the run rate.

Azam (59, 72, 2x4) stepped up the ante but again was cautious as he and Umair Khan (40, 39b, 4x4, 1x6) bolstered the total adding 72 runs for the sixth wicket.

Ghafoor Butt (18) and Waqas Alvi (16) chipped in with useful contributions as Eurocon reached 265 all out in 48 overs.

For Multiplex International, Zaheer Ahmed bagged three wickets while Sharaz Khurram and Tanveer Raza accounted for two each.

It was not an easy chase for Multiplex International but Usman Khalid still managed to give a positive start scoring a run-a-ball 32 with the help of five boundaries.

But wickets fell at regular intervals despite superb knocks from Kashif Mohammad (27), Saqib Maqsood (54, 52b, 5x4, 1x6) and Yasir Mohammad (36, 53b, 2x4) as Multiplex International were all out for 202 in 43.5 overs.

Azam picked up three wickets in his 7.5 overs while Sharif Khurram bagged two for the winners.

Brief scores:

Eurocon bt Multiplex International LLC by 63 runs. Eurocon: 265 all out in 48 overs (Shakoor Khan 45, Safdar Naize 31, Nasir Aziz 19, Mohammad Azam 59, Umair Khan 40, Ghafoor Butt 18, Waqar Alvi 16 not out; Zaheer Ahmed 3 for 48, Sharaz Khurram 2 for 33, Tanveer Raza 2 for 40). Multiplex International: 202 all out in 43.5 overs (Usman Khalid 32, Kashif Mohammad 27, Saqib Maqsood 54, Yasir Mohammad 36; Mohammad Azam 3 for 28, Sharif Khurram 2 for 32). Man of the Match: Mohammad Azam. Umpires: Naveed Ismail and Syed Shabbir Ali. Scorers: Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Ramees.