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21 May 2024

Saqib cracks ton in Abu Dhabi Gymkhana win

Abu Dhabi Gymkhana club. (SUPPLIED)

By Staff

Saqib Shah sent Wings XI CC bowlers on a leather hunt scoring a blistering century as Abu Dhabi Gymkhana secured a big 136-run victory in the 39th Bukhatir League ‘A’ Division Tournament organised by the Sharjah Cricket Council.

Winning the toss and offering Abu Dhabi Gymkhana to bat first turned to be a huge mistake for Wings XI as Saqib tore apart the bowlers.

His amazing knock of 159 from an equal number of balls contained 14 hits to the fence and six over it.

Mohammad Shafique played a cameo later during the innings scoring a brisk 48 from only 37 deliveries including two fours and three sixes as Abu Dhabi Gymkhana amassed 289 for eight in 50 overs.

Wings XI succumbed to pressure as they lost four quick wickets for just 21 runs on board.

Shahid Yousuf (57) and Fawad Khan (39) struck in the middle but could only delay the inevitable as Wings XI were bundled out for 153 in 32.2 overs.

Brief scores:

Abu Dhabi Gymkhana bt Wings XI CC by 136 runs: Abu Dhabi Gymkhana: 289 for 8 in 50 overs (Saqib Shah 159, Arfan Haider 29, Ali Azmat 21, Sajjad Saeed 20, Mohammad Shafique 48; Peter Connel 2 for 90). Wings XI: 153 all out in 32.2 overs (Shaiman Butt 19, Shahid Yousuf 57, Fawad Khan 39; Asif Khursheed 3 for 40, Adeel Raja 2 for 35, Mohammad Rehan 3 for 34, Zeeshan Safir 2 for 18). Man of the Match: Saqib Shah. Umpires: Iftikhar Ali and Fida Abbas. Scorers: Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Ramees.