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Ali powers UBL to President’s title
James Jose / 4 February 2012
ABU DHABI — Amjad Ali clubbed his way to a swashbuckling half-century to help UBL defeat Thrifty Car Rental and clinch the prestigious President’s Cup ‘B’ Division cricket tournament at the Shaikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
The southpaw smashed an unbeaten 91, including three consecutive sixes to seal the comprehensive eight-wicket win. It was the fourth final that UBL had contested and this was their second piece of silverware.
Amjad Ali was adjudged the Man of the Final and also the Man of the Tournament. He racked up 239 runs and took 11 wickets conceding 60 runs. His highest score was 170 against Bin Ham Travel.
Opting to bat, Thrifty Car Rental spluttered to 148 for the loss of eight wickets in their 25 overs.
They never really got going with wickets falling at regular intervals with left-arm spinners Ahmed Raza and Fayaz Ahmed doing the damage along with captain Qazi Ayub.
Raza snapped up three for 25, while Fayaz Ahmed took two for 19. Qazi Ayub picked up two wickets for 27.
Lower-order batsman Mohammed Ghafoor put some sort of respectability to their total by scoring an unbeaten 36 from 32 balls after they were six down for 78. Ghafoor knock was studded with three sixes and a boundary. Mohammed Raza remained not out on 18 from 12 balls with one boundary.
Earlier, opener Syed Nawaz made 25 from 22 balls with one six and two boundaries. One-down batsman Mohammed Muzammil stroked 17 from 18 balls with three boundaries.
In reply, despite the loss of an early wicket, that of opener Zubair Nadeem, the other opener Amjad Ali tore into the Thrifty attack. Amjad Ali smacked five sixes and eight boundaries as he made 91 from 56 balls. Amjad and Abdullah Afzal put on 99 runs for the second wicket before Afzal departed after making a run-a-ball 36 with four boundaries. Amjad took them through by firing three consecutive sixes off Rehman Gul in the 18th over, in what turned out to be the final over.
UBL were richer by Dh 5,000 and a trophy, while Thrifty Car Rental receieved Dh 4,000. Dilan Chandaka of Al Fahim was adjudged the Best Batsman and received Dh 300. Chandaka scored 364 runs at an average of 91. His highest score for 113. Mudasir Ijaz of ADAT was adjudged the Best Bowler and receieved Dh 300. Ijaz snapped up 14 wickets for 121 runs including a hat-trick against Daman Insurance. Man of the Tournament Amjad Ali received Dh 500.
A special trophy was also awarded to the team deemed to have best upheld the ‘Spirit of the Game’ in accordance with its’ highest values. A core committee of the Council Umpires adjudicated the winner of this award and it went to UAE Exchange.
It was the sixth edition of the tournament and 40 teams took part in the competition. A total of 95 games were played over the course of the tournament.
The highest score of 391 was scored by Nissan Al Masaood against Bankers XI. There were a total of 12 centuries in the tournament and the highest score was unbeaten 170 by Amjad Ali.
Thrifty Car Rental: 148 for 8 in 25 overs (Mohammed Ghafoor 36 n.o, Syed Nawaz 25, Mohammed Raza 18 n.o, Mohammed Muzammil 17, Ahmed Raza 3-25, Fayaz Ahmed 2-19, Qazi Ayub 2-27) lost to UBL: 149 for 2 in 17.3 overs (Amjad Ali 91 n.o, Abdullah Afzal 36) by eight wickets.
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