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02 October 2023

Akmal, Zia sparkle in GMW Royal win

Action from the match between VIBHS and Alubond Panthers at Sharjah stadium in the Sharjah Sixes. (SUPPLIED)

By Staff

Fine batting from Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal and Owais Zia ensured GMW Royal registered a thumping 39-run victory over Vinayak Marine in the inaugural Grand Midwest Sharjah Sixes, organised by the Sharjah Cricket Council at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday night.

Batting first, GMW Royals got off to a superb start with openers Zia and Akmal providing a 57-run stand for the first wicket.

Zia smashed four boundaries and two sixes to reach a fine 37 while Akmal hammered three hits to the fence and as many over it to help GMW Royal reach a superb 88 runs in five overs.

In reply, Vinayak suffered early losses but Abdul Aziz (12) and Moin Sheikh (16 not out) did their best to rescue the team but could only manage 49 for three in five overs.

GMW Royal, earlier, were unlucky to lose to Phoenix Medicine by two runs.

Phoenix Medicine scored 81 from five overs with Sharjeel Khan top scoring with 28 while Hafiz Kaleem (23) and Parvaiz Nazir (27) were the other contributors.

Chasing GMW Blues, looked to be heading in the right direction with opener Haji Irfan scoring 30 and Faisal (12) and Afzal (21) supporting him well.

But Sharjeel Khan bowled a fine over to claim two wickets as GMW Royal just fell short by two runs to finish at 79 in five overs.

In another interesting match, GD Warriors beat Afghanistan Eagles through better wickets.

After both the teams were tied at 80, GD Warriors, who had lost two wickets as against three of Afghanistan Eagles, emerged the winners.

Brief scores:

GMW Royal bt Vinayak Marine Services by 39 runs: GMW Royal 88 for 3 in 5 overs (Owais Zia 37 rtd, Umar Akmal 36; Moin Sheikh 2 for 13) Vinayak 49 for 3 in 5 overs (Abdul Aziz 12, Moin Sheikh 16).

Phoenix Medicine bt GMW Blues by 2 runs: Phoenix Medicine 81 for 3 in 5 overs (Sharjeel Khan 28, Hafiz Kaleem 23, Parvaiz Nazir 27) GMW Blues 79 for 3 in 5 overs (Haji Irfan 30, Faisal 12, Afzal 21, Naveed Saleem 10).

GD Warriors bt Afghanistan Eagles by better wickets: GD Warriors 80 for 2 in 5 overs (Umaid Asif 11, Faizan Asif 36,Mohammad Amjad 11) Afghanistan Eagles 80 for 3 in 5 overs (F Niazai 33, M Shiwari 22 not out, Abdulah 10 not out).

VIBHS bt Alubond Panthers by 18 runs: VIBHS 94 for 2 in 5 overs (Khurram Mansoor 27, Khalid Latif 32 rtd, Tariq Haroon 14 not out, Sohail Khan 14 not out) Alubond Panthers 76 for 2 in 5 overs (Karim Sadiq 10, Rizwan Ahmed 27, Hassan Raza 30 not out).

Peach Club Lahore bt MTR Eagles by 5 wickets: MTR Eagles 38 for 3 in 5 overs (Seekander 10, Khalid 11) Peach Club Lahore 43 for no loss in 3.2 overs (Hussain Talat 22 not out, Harron Ahmed 21 not out).

VIBHS bt Phoenix Medicine by 17 runs: VIBHS 85 for 1 in 5 overs (Khurram Mansor 36 rtd, Khalid latif 31 rtd) Phoenix Medicine 68 for 4 in 5 overs (Sharjeel Khan 12, Pervaiz Nazir 12, Saqlain Haider 24; Tariq Haroon 2 for 2).