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02 October 2023

Afghanistan Eagles soar in Sharjah Sixes

Former Pakistan international Rana Naveed in action for Peach Club Lahore at the Sharjah Sixes. (SUPPLIED)

By Staff

F Niazi slammed an unbeaten 34 as Afghanistan Eagles edged MTR Eagles by three wickets in the inaugural Grand Midwest Sharjah Sixes, organised by the Sharjah Cricket Council at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday night.

The visiting Afghanistan team showed their prowess from the word go chasing a target of 61 to win.

Fazal Zazai provided the Afghan team a quick start smashing 11 runs and also sharing an important 23-run for the opening wicket with Noorul Haq (8).

Two quick wickets were the only moments MTR Eagles could relish before Niazi arrived to finish of the match in style. His innings was studded with three sixes and two boundaries as Afghanistan Eagles scored 62 for two in 4.3 overs.

Earlier, batting first, MTR Eagles were given a strong start with opener Seaknder scoring an unbeaten 30 consisting of four boundaries and one six. Khalid supported him scoring nine as MTR Eagles reached a challenging 60 for one in five overs.

In another match, Pakistan cricketer Abdul Razzak’s amazing knock went in vain as GMW Royal lost to Peach Club Lahore by five wickets.

GMW Royal posted a brilliant 81 for two in five overs thanks to a quickfire 34 not out from Razzak. His innings was studded with four sixes. Awais Zia also chipped in with an unbeaten 21.

Peach Club Lahore took off immediately during their chase with opener Asim Saeed scoring an unbeaten 35 with the help of five sixes while Hussain Talat smashed 28 not out as Peach Club Lahore surpassed the target in four overs.

GMW Royal also lost their second match to Alubond Panthers by four wickets while GMW Blues provided some solace defeating Young Talent CC by a comfortable five wickets. Haji Irfan and Afzal were the star performers scoring an identical 28. 

In the other matches, VIBHS handed Young Talent CC a 62-run win while a late 22 from P Achuthan helped Chanaayka Kerala 6s score a close one-wicket victory over Radio Mirchi.

Brief scores:

Afghanistan Eagles bt MTR Eagles by 3 wickets:
MTR Eagles 60 for 1 in 5 overs (Seaknder 30 not out, Khalid 9) Afghanistan Eagles 62 for 2 in 4.3 overs (Fazal Zazai 11, F Niazi 34 not out).

GMW Royal bt Peach Club Lahore by 5 wickets: GMW Royal 81 for 2 in 5 overs (Awais Zia 21 not out, Abdul Razzack 34 rtd) Peach Club Lahore 83 for no loss in 4 overs (Asim Saeed 35 rtd, Hussain Talat 28 not out, Rana Naveed 14 not out).

Alubond Panthers bt GMW Royal by 4 wickets:
GMW Royals 54 all out in 4.5 overs (A Zia 14; K Sadiq 2 for 12, G Butt 2 for 7) Alubond Panthers 55 for 1 in 3.5 overs (K Sadiq 32 rtd, H Raza 12 not out).

GMW Blues bt Young Talent CC by 5 wickets: Young Talent 62 all out in 5 overs (Y Bahmad 11, W Mirza21 not out, W Ilyas 10) GMW Blues 3 for no loss in 3.2 overs (Haji Irfan 28 not out, Afzal 28 not out).

VIBHS bt Young Talent CC by 62 runs:
VIBHS 98 for 4 in 5 overs (K Latif 10, T Haroon 22, M Salman 19, S Khan 18 not out) Young Talent 36 all out in 4.5 overs (Y Bahmad 13).

Chaanakyas Kerala 6s bt Radio Mirchi by 1 wicket: Radio Mirchi 51 for 2 in 5 overs (Kabir Khan 15, S Khan 26 not out) Chanaakyas Kerala 52 for 4 in 4.5 overs (Gopakumar 22 not out, Riyaz 8 not out).