Lahore Lions enter BSF T20 semis

Updated 23 November 2012
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Lahore Lions enter BSF T20 semis

Lahore Lions thrashed Shouraim by 97 runs to cement their place in the Super League semifinals of the BSF T20 Cricket Tournament, organized by the Riyadh Cricket Association last Friday.
Batting first Lahore Lions scored 207 for 4 off 20 overs. Omar Zafar top-scored with 83 runs. He was well supported by Awais 56, Mansoor 37 and Nawaz 27. Faisal, Zeeshan, Mubashar and Imran grabbed a wicket each for Shouraim.
Chasing a target of 208, Shouraim collapsed and were bowled out for 110 off 16 overs. Amin was the only batsman who stayed at the wicket and scored a stubborn 26.
In another match of the same division, Lahore Badshah routed KFSH Blues by 10 wickets. Batting first KFSH Blues scored a competitive 197 for 6 off 20 overs. Fakhar (51), Imtiaz (39), Qaiser (22), Khurram (22) and Nasir Abbasi (21) were the main run getters. Yassir got two wickets.
Lahore Badshah were home after 17.1 overs. Wahab Khan played a magnificent unbeaten knock of 102; Asim retired hurt on 41 while Yassir made 30.
In the last match of the Super League Amir Holidays were comfortable winners against FUCHS by 81 runs. Amir Holidays made first use of the pitch and amassed 234 off their stipulated overs. Ahtisham was the highest scorer with 77. Nadeem (41), Irfan (34) and Kamran (31) were the other contributors. Riaz and Mohsen got 2 wickets each.
FUCHS managed only 153 off their 20 overs. Mohsen (40) and Waqar (37) did their best. Arsalan bagged two wickets.
In the Premier League 1, Hyderabadi Warriors scored thrilling two-wicket win over CKK. Batting first CKK scored 192 off 20 overs. Imran played a match valiant knock of 85. Syed Mubashir took 2 wickets.
Hyderabadi Warriors reached their target after 19 overs. Syed Mubashir scored a match winning innings of 82. The other scorers were, Abdul Majid (32), Shahnawaz (24) and Syed Naser (22). Nadeem took 4 wickets.
Later, Stallions scored a convincing 98 runs win over Thales. Batting first Stallions scored 232. Thanks to a scintillating 122 by Asif Mehmood. He was well supported by Junaid (52) and Amir (26). Asim took 2 wickets. Thales was bundled out for 134. Saad scored 30. Sohail and Sajid got 3 wickets each.
In the last match, RAC beat Riyadh Fighters by 22 runs. RAC scored 217 off 20 overs. Mubashir (52) and Aftab (49) were the main scorers. Nusrat got 3 wickets. Riyadh Fighters managed 195. Imran Younous was the highest scorer with 53 runs. Yassir (35) and Arshad (29) did their best. Sarfraz got 4 wickets and Waqas 3.
In Premier League 2, Lahore Badshah Green eased past Friends XI by 9 wickets. Friends Xl batted first and made 174 off 20 overs. Aftab got 3 wickets, Jahangir 2 and Asif 1. Lahore Badshah Green achieved their target off 15.2 overs. Amir (58), Afzal (46) and Zeeshan Butt (36).
Match between Pak Force and AB Contracting ended in a tie. Pak Force scored 219 off 20 overs. Ismail got 2 wickets. AB Contracting also scored 219 off 20 overs. Hilal played an outstanding innings of 115. Ismail (45) and Waseem (25) were the other run getters. Shahid got 3 wickets.
Kashmir Press routed Tigers by 10 runs. Batting first Kashmir Press scored 202 off 20 overs. Kifayat Khan (59), Raheem (36), Zahid (34) and Shabab (30) were the main contributors. Bilal got 2 wickets. Tigers scored 192 off 20 overs. Jewel was the top scorer with 32 runs. Waris, Danish and Amjad took 2 wickets each.
Imran XI scored a thrilling 8-run win over Combined XI. Batting first Imran XI scored 183 for 5 off 20 overs. Hazrat (54), Israr (35), Imdad (29) and Israr (24) were on the scorers list. Asmat, Ahmed and Munir took a wicket each. Combined XI batsmen tried their best but managed 175 for 8 off 20 overs. Kashif scored 54 and Naeem 25. Hussain got 4 wickets while Zain grabbed 2.
RCA President Tariq Javed visited the RCA Cricket Complex and met with all the teams. He thanked them for their support and cooperation. He assured them that RCA would take every possible step to promote the game of cricket to new heights in the region. He announced that RCA would play intercity matches this season with EPCA and YACA. He also announced that an RCA team would go for an tour abroad.


Liverpool's Andrew Robertson ready for Roma Champions League test

Updated 23 April 2018
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Liverpool's Andrew Robertson ready for Roma Champions League test

  • Young Scottish star was very impressive during Liverpool's 5-1 aggregate destruction of Man City in last-eight clash.
  • Robertson refuses to take Roma lightly after their shock victory over Barcelona in the last round.

LIVERPOOL: With a desire stoked in the stands of Parkhead, Andrew Robertson is now fired up to fulfil a childhood dream.
While following the fortunes of Celtic, the defender’s first Champions League final memory was when Zinedine Zidane volleyed Real Madrid to success in 2002 as the contest was staged in Robertson’s home city of Glasgow. He was just eight years old.
While Robertson was deemed too small to play for his boyhood idols, released at 15 with a future uncertain, he has grown to prove his worth on Europe’s biggest club stage with Liverpool.
Now, with a semifinal encounter against AS Roma after beating Premier League champions Manchester City in the last eight, he wants to emulate those Reds heroes who lifted the trophy five times before.
“I was a big Celtic fan growing up and my heroes were Henrik Larsson and Co,” Robertson told Arab News ahead of tonight’s first-leg clash 
at Anfield.
“But these heroes who have won the European Cup and Champions League for Liverpool, you have to look up to them — and we want to emulate them and hopefully get a winner’s medal too.
“The club’s won it five times and the history of the club has always been this, the Champions League, where the fans create a special atmosphere and the club challenges for the trophy. It would be unbelievable to be a part of that history.
“This is the highlight for me so far and an incredible feeling, but it just makes you hungry for more. I don’t want it to end.
“As a kid, you sit back and watch how great it would be to play in this competition, let alone in the final.
“I always used to go to Celtic and we didn’t progress very far in the Champions League, but the occasions at Parkhead were always unbelievable.
“The fans at Celtic are incredible, world renowned, but Anfield was unbelievable against Man City and we have another chance for them to create that same atmosphere and hopefully we can put in another great performance.”
Having beaten Pep Guardiola’s City so convincingly, 5-1 over two gripping games, Liverpool will start favorites against Roma.
That is despite the Italians upsetting Barcelona in the previous round with an epic 3-0 win in the second leg after a 4-1 loss at the Nou Camp.
But Robertson will take nothing for granted against a Roma side who last reached the final in 1984 where they were beaten by Liverpool in a penalty shootout at their Stadio Olimpico home.
“Barca are an unbelievable team,” added the Scotland left-back, 24. “But let’s not kid ourselves. For Roma to score three goals against Barcelona, that’s special.
“They’ve been unbelievable this season too in the Champions League and deserve to be in the semifinals. It will definitely not be an easy game.
“But once you get to the semis, the fear of who you are playing has gone because you know how good the teams are.
“It’s like you look forward to the possibility of playing in the final, that’s what drives you forward. We will have fire in our bellies because we are so close to getting there.”
Jurgen Klopp’s men will no doubt be looking to Mohamed Salah to conjure more magic against the club he left in the summer for £36.9 million ($51.5 million).
But Robertson insisted Liverpool are no one-man team and the Egyptian, crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night after scoring 41 goals in an unforgettable campaign, epitomizes a team united and ambitious in their quest for glory.
“He’s just unbelievable,” said Robertson of the frontman.
“In the first half (of the second leg) against Man City we struggled to get him in the game and he wasn’t quite at it. But the second half he was different class and pops up with a goal to help us win it. That’s what he does.
“His goals have been incredible and long may that continue. He’s a great guy, so humble, and for someone who has done so much this season he’s so down to Earth.
“That’s credit to our squad because we don’t let anyone get ahead of themselves.
“Mo is no different, he’s a lovely person and stands for what we are as a team.”

 

HEART OF GOLD

Five years ago Andrew Robertson was playing in the fourth tier of Scottish football with Queen’s Park and earning extra money by selling concert tickets in the corporate offices at Hampden Park.
Last summer he suffered relegation from the Premier League with Hull City before Liverpool signed him for £10 million ($13.9 million).
In a career fraught with setbacks and hardships, he has been grateful, supporting foodbanks that help those in need.
“It’s all about giving something back to the less fortunate,” said Robertson.
“I’m in a fortunate position where I do a job I love and get paid well and it’s nice to give something back, especially in my hometown. I’ll always do that.
“It’s been a great journey for me in my career, and I’ve enjoyed every minute. But I don’t forget where I came from. Maybe it is rare, but a lot more people are doing it now and I hope even more will.”