Al Ghamdi, Aims bin Delamah win in Alturki cricket league

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Updated 18 January 2013
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Al Ghamdi, Aims bin Delamah win in Alturki cricket league

Al Ghamdi struggled to get the better of Team Abbasi by 2 wickets in the Premier Division Alturki cricket league, organized by the Eastern Province Cricket Association.
Team Abbasi batted first and made 205 runs. Tahir top-scored with 52 runs. Iftikhar Ali and Ahsan claimed 2 wickets each. Al-Ghamdi got to their target off 28.4 overs. Nadeem Nawaz with 42 runs was the highest scorer. Farrukh took 3 wickets.
In second match, Aims bin Delamah scored a comfortable 33-run win over Marooj Rawan KGC.
Aims put on board 240 runs of which Waseem Malik contributed 95 runs. Rizwan Haider and Ali Raza grabbed 2 wickets. KGC managed 206 runs. Nadeem Zahoor with 65 was their highest scorer. Amir Sohail, Sohrab and Waseem Malik claimed 2 wickets each.
In the First division, Khobar Badshahs comprehensively beat Al Fattah Friends XI by 42 runs. Khobar Badshahs batting first set up a total of 294 runs. Kashif Munir scored an unbeaten 95. Ali Rizwan gave him full support and scored 87.
Safiullah took 2 wickets. Friends XI tried to make a fight of it but managed 252 runs. Nasir with 74 runs was the highest scorer.
Ali Rizwan took 3 wickets while Waqas Alvi bagged 2.
In another match of the same division, Harley Davidson beat DHL by 48 runs. Harley Davidson batting first scored 268 runs. Yasir Mahmood (72) and Tairim Tamake (66) were the top performers. Mehboob Karim took 3 wickets. DHL’s batting crumbled and managed only 220 runs. Kashan Raheel was the highest scorer with 59 runs. Tajamal Hayat bagged 3 wickets while Akram Qadri claimed 2.
Bin Delamah Adapco defeated Ashes XI by 4 wickets.
Ashes XI batted first and made 179 runs. Rajesh and Yasir scored 72 and 40 runs respectively. Sadiq Rafiq Mohammad wrecked the rival batting lineup and claimed 5 wickets. Bin Delamah achieved their target comfortably with everyone chipping in.
Nabeel Khalid (34) and Kashif Butt (26) were at the wicket. Rajesh took 3 wickets.
Pak Saudi routed Team Ignition by 170 runs. Pak Saudi won the toss, batted first and scored 307 runs. Asif Abid scored a magnificent 110 runs which included 12 fours and 2 sixes. Nasser took 3 wickets.
Team Ignition only made 137 runs. Irshad made 45 runs. Usman took 5 wickets.
Asia XI beat Imran Tiger Academy by 9 wickets. ITA batted first and scored 188 runs. Asif scored an unbeaten 42 runs. Qaiser claimed 2 wickets. Asia XI comfortably reached their target with ease. Opener Iftikhar Ahmed scored an unbeaten 80 runs while Ghulam Fareed was the highest scorer with 83 runs.
In a crucial encounter, Gyptech Dolphins beat Al-Tuwairqi by 4 wickets.
Al-Tuwairqi batted first and made 174 runs.
Aftab (97) was the only batsman who resisted the furious bowling of Gyptech. Hamza Naeem took 3 wickets while Muneeb and Shiraz got 2 each. Gyptech chased with comfortable ease. Usman Quddusi (37) and Salman Quddusi (32) did their best. Anwer and Sheraz took 2 wickets each.


Saudi Arabia step up their World Cup preparations by flying to Switzerland for training camp

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Saudi Arabia step up their World Cup preparations by flying to Switzerland for training camp

  • Squad of 28 to be based in Zurich
  • Friendlies on the horizon against Italy and Peru

Juan Antonio Pizzi has taken a 28-man squad to Zurich for the final stage of the Green Falcons’ World Cup preparations.
The party flew out of Jeddah late last night and landed in Switzerland early this morning. There they will be joined by Fahad Al-Muwallad and Salem Al-Dawsari who will fly in from Spain after playing for Levante and Villarreal on Saturday night.
The three-week training camp in the Swiss resort town of Bad Ragaz gives Pizzi the chance to get stuck into some intense tactical and physical work with his players and decide which five players to leave out of his squad. He must whittle down his list down to 23 by June 4, which gives the players get two final chances to stake their claim for a seat on the plane in friendlies against Italy on May 28 and Peru on June 3. By the time they play Germany in Leverkusen on June 8, Pizzi will have named his party for the assignment in Russia.
Pizzi is clearly much nearer knowing who he will take as he has only made minor changes to the squad he named for the recent wins against Greece and Algeria.
Al-Ittihad goalkeeper Assaf Al-Qarni replaces his club teammate Fawaz Al-Qarni as the fourth stopper in the squad, as Pizzi looks settled on retaining Al-Ahli duo Yasser Al-Mosaileem and Mohammed Al-Owais in addition to Al-Hilal’s Abdullah Al-Mayouf. One of those four will fail to make the cut as no team takes four goalkeepers to the World Cup.
There were no changes in the backline where the former Chile boss is opting for harmony. Eight of the nine defenders called up ply their trade at Al-Hilal or Al-Ahli, while Al-Nassr’s Omar Hawsawi rounds off the selection. One defender might have to make way and Al-Hilal teammates Mohammad Jahfali and Ali Al-Bulayhi could well find themselves vying for one spot on the plane to Moscow.
Abdullah Otayf and Taisir Al-Jassim look to be firm favorites to make the starting XI in the base of midfield, while the third central spot is up for grabs. Hussein Al-Moqahwi has regularly featured in that position, but Salman Al-Faraj’s return from a long injury saw him start both friendlies in the Spain training camp. Abdulmalik Al-Khaibari could emerge as the more conservative midfield enforcer against stronger sides.
The center of the pitch is where the most intense battle of positions will take place. As many as three midfielders could be left behind come June 4. Ibrahim Ghaleb has already been left out and he may be joined by Al-Shabab duo Hattan Bahebri and Abdulla Al-Khaibari. One of Mohammad Kanno and Mohammed Al Kuwaikbi could be the last man to be dropped in two weeks’ time.
Up front, Harun Kamara, a surprise call-up for the recent friendlies, failed to retain his spot in the squad so Mohannad Assiri and Mohammed Al-Sahlawi will battle it out for the sole striker position.

Squad
Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al-Owais, Yasser Al-Mosaileem (Al-Ahli); Abdullah Al-Mayouf (Al-Hilal); Assaf Al-Qarni (Al-Ittihad)
Defenders: Motaz Hawsawi, Saeed Al-Muwallad, Mansour Al-Harbi (Al-Ahli); Osama Hawsawi, Mohammed Jahfali, Ali Al-Bulayhi, Mohammed Al-Burayk, Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal); Omar Hawsawi (Al-Nassr).
Midfielders: Abdullah Al-Khaibari, Hattan Bahebri (Al-Shabab); Abdulmalik Al-Khaibari, Abdulla Otayf, Salman Al-Faraj, Mohammed Kanno, Nawaf Al-Abid (Al-Hilal); Taisir Al-Jassim, Hussein Al-Moqahwi (Al-Ahli); Mohammed Al-Kuwaikbi (Al-Ettifaq); Salem Al-Dawsari (Villarreal); Fahad Al-Muwallad (Levante); Yahya Al-Shehri (Leganes)
Forwards: Mohammed Al-Sahlawi (Al-Nassr); Mohannad Assiri (Al-Ahli)