x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Zia helps Gasco snuff out Royal challenge

Gasco, Al Marjan Herbs and NPCC advanced to the quarter-finals of the UAE Exchange Centre Division Two tournament after victories over Royal, Dhabi Defenders and Rocks respectively.

ABU DHABI // Gasco, Al Marjan Herbs and NPCC advanced to the quarter-finals of the UAE Exchange Centre Division Two tournament after victories over Royal, Dhabi Defenders and Rocks respectively. The opener Imran Zia paved the way for Gasco with a breezy 82 in his team's total of 246-5 in their allotted 25 overs. In reply, Royal were restricted to 195-8.

Zia hit seven boundaries and three sixes in his 54-ball knock, and shared a 121-run stand for the third wicket with Shahram Butt (68). Wasim Rashid produced a cameo 25-ball 59 not out to swell the total. Mohammed Shahzad took 5-14 to skittle out Dhabi Defenders for just 74 in reply to Al Marjan Herbs' 133 and set up a quarter- final showdown with William Hare Abu Dhabi Gymkhana 'B'. Gasco face NPCC meet in the last eight stage. Darwish bin Ahmed clash with Al Fahim and Gamco meet Abu Dhabi Gentlemen in the other games.

Brief Scores: Gasco bt Royal by 51 runs. Gasco 246-5 in 25 overs (Imran Zia 82, Shahram Butt 68, Wasim Rashid 59 not out). Royal 195-8 (Mohammed Tayab 48); Al Marjan Herbs bt Dhabi Defenders by 59 runs. Al Marjan Herbs 133 all out in 23.3 overs (Suleman Khan 46, Zayed Ali 3-12). Dhabi Defenders 74 all out in 15.4 overs (Mohammed Shahzad 5-14); NPCC bt Rocks by 11 runs. NPCC 171 in 24.3 overs (Faisal Iqbal 63, Abrar Hussain 3-24). Rocks 160.

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