KAIA opens account with victory in CIT SPL

Naseem Al Zahra before its match against MCH Green.
Updated 15 December 2016
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KAIA opens account with victory in CIT SPL

JEDDAH: KAIA opened its account beating Peeran XI by eight wickets in the 8th week matches in the CIT SPL cricket tournament at JCA Cricket Complex Usfan.
Held under the auspices of Jeddah Cricket Association, the event is sponsored by Canadian International Trading (CIT) and co-sponsored by Initial Services Group, Ace Travel and Tours, Maui Jim, Hyderabad Sharks, Pepsi (SIPCO), Mizo Juices (Arrow Foods), Khind Electronics and Bison.
Chief guest of the week’s matches and man of the match presentation was Syed Ali Mahmood, professor in King Abdul Aziz University and chief patron of Global Network of Telangana NRI’s. Guest of honor was Syed Khaja Viqaruddin, president Twin Cities Youth Welfare Association. Other distinguished guests were Khaja Muzaffaruddin, Syed Salman, Nadeem Abdul Basith, Mahmood Misri, Syed Mohiuddin Quadri and Abdullah Afzal.
After the 7th week matches were washed out due to heavy downpour, the 8th session saw fine all round performances in all matches.
KAIA scored its first win of the league with a dazzling 8 wicket win over Peeran XI thanks to Khalid’s unbeaten 69 and 2 for 35. Mohammad Shahzad of Hyderabad Sharks scored the week’s only century – scintillating 129, and then took one wicket to lead his team to a 15 runs win over Saudi German Hospital that earned him Player of the Week award. Abdul Quddus continued his all round performance with 74 runs and 3 for 38 to help Pepsi Deccan Knight score a five-wicket win over Hala International School. Shahbaz Rasheed’s spell of 4 for 30 and 32 runs was instrumental in MCH’s unbeaten run, this time getting the better of Pak Shaheen by 6 wickets. Naseem Al Zahra inspired by Usman Saeed’s rich haul of 6 for 31 after Nadeem’s elegant knock of 87 beat MCH Green by 23 runs. Ace Travel beat Malik XI by a whopping 126 runs thanks to Asif’s unbeaten 57 and Moazzam’s 61 runs.
Match summaries:
Hyderabad Sharks beat SGH by 15 runs: Hyderabad Sharks 214 for 7 in 20 overs. Mohammed Shahzad 129, Taher 22NO, Waqas 2 for 25, Umer 2 for 41. Saudi German Hospital 199 for 8 in 20 overs. Izhar 51, Taqi 28, Omer 27NO, Shahid 3 for 42, Mohd. Hassan 2 for 38.
Man of the Match: M. Shahzad
Pepsi Deccan Knights beat Hala International School by 5 wickets: Hala International School 209 for 7. Shahzad 40, Zahid 39, Amer 31, Jawwad 31, Shahjahan 29, Abdul Quddus 3 for 38. Pepsi Deccan Knights 211 for 5 in 17.5 overs. Abdul Quddus 74 NO, Syed Afroz 40, Abdul Raheem Mazhar 27NO, Sohail Bin Halais 27, Rafaqath 2 for 31.
Man of the Match: Abdul Quddus
MCH Premier beat Pak Shaheen by 6 wickets: Pak Shaheen 183 all out. Usman 70, Faisal 29, Shahbaz Rasheed 4 for 30, Wahid 3 for 17. MCH Premier 185 for 4. Irfan 64, Kashif Shafiq 52 NO, Shahbaz Rasheed 32, Atta Ur Rehman 2 for 19. MOM Shahbaz
KAIA beat Peeran XI by 8 wickets: Peeran XI 155 all out in 20 overs, Shakeel 61, Farooq 28, Ehsan 2 for 26, Khalid 2 for 35 runs. KAIA 159 for 2 in 14.5 overs Khalid 69NO, Majid 56, Abdur Raheem 2 for 31. MOM Khalid
Naseem Al Zahra beat MCH Green by 23 runs: Naseem Al Zahra 195 for 5. Nadeem 87, Osman Butt 44, Aamir Wahla 26, Qaiser 3 for 31, Azhar 2 for 27. MCH Green 172 for 9. Rana Shahzad 47NO, Mani 35, Usman Saeed 6 for 31. MOM Saeed of Naseem
ACE Travel beat Malik XI by 126 runs: ACE Travel 246 for 5. Moazzam Shaukat 61, Asif 57 NO, Bilal 41 in 27 balls, Nasik 2 for 44, Amer 2 for 54. Malik XI 119 all out Ilyas 39, Irshad 24, Abdul Wahed 3 for 10, Waqas 2 for 29, Rashed 2 for 32. MOM Asif


FOUR THINGS WE LEARNED: A classic clash, sublime New Orleans Saints and a bad break for Alex Smith

Updated 20 November 2018
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FOUR THINGS WE LEARNED: A classic clash, sublime New Orleans Saints and a bad break for Alex Smith

  • Saints once again show why they are serious Super Bowl contenders.
  • Unlucky Alex Smith suffers a horror injury.

LONDON: This is the time of year that can either make or break a team’s regular season. Are they headed for the playoffs or are they set to be on holiday in January? Here is what we learned after week 11 of the NFL.

RAMS AND CHIEFS SERVE UP A CLASSIC

Where to start analyzing Monday night’s epic in Los Angeles? It was certainly one of the best games of gridiron I have ever seen. From the first kick-off to the final seconds, both sides threw caution to the wind, with the Rams winning by three points in a 54-51 nail-biter — on the way to producing a classic clash that will still be talked about for years to come. 
American Football is often criticized for being too “stop-start,” but watching these two Super Bowl favorites go hammer and tongs for four quarters would have been enough to convert any detractor.
To put into context just how explosive both teams were, it was the first time two teams have scored more than 50 points in a match in the history of the NFL.
While many are praising the defensive qualities of a playoffs-bound Chicago, we are just glad the defensive units did not bother showing up for this one and we had the privilege of watching two blistering offenses in full flow. If either of these teams goes on to win the Super Bowl, they can pinpoint this match as one of the key moments of their season.

It was raining touchdowns in the all-time classic between the Chiefs and the Rams.



SAINTS CHANNELLING THE SPIRIT OF 2009

When the league fixtures were announced in the summer, the Saints-Eagles match-up was singled out as a test of the two team’s NFC championship credentials. Unlike the Rams and Chiefs extravaganza, though, this ended up being a damp squib of a game. 
Philadelphia just did not turn up, while the Saints — the hottest team in the league at the moment — were imperiously led by Drew Brees to a blowout 48-7 win, which now sits in the record books as worst defeat in the Eagles’ history. 
Brees threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns, meaning that the 9-1 Saints have now scored 40-plus points in three matches in a row and have become the first team in the Super Bowl era to post at least 40 points six times in the first 10 games of the season. It will take a very good team to stop this Saints side from claiming glory in Atlanta next February.

Drew Brees was once again in imperious form for the ever-improving and dangerous Saints. 



PURE ATHLETICISM TRUMPS TACTICAL PLAY-CALLS

Gridiron is an extremely technical and tactical sport, with coaches and players spending weeks perfecting certain plays. But sometimes a moment of sheer athletic prowess wins out and blows all the spreadsheets and playbook analysis out the window. Week 11 saw its fair share of brilliant moments — from Kenny Golladay’s sublime touchdown catch for the Lions against Carolina, to Juju Smith-Schuster’s unbelievable grab for the Steelers on a late, game-winning drive, not forgetting Odell Beckham’s strength to hold on in the end-zone for a Giants score against Tampa Bay. And those moments are exactly why millions of people tune in to the NFL every week.

Kenny Golladay with his moment of magic during Detriot's 20-19 win over Carolina. 



THOUGHTS WITH ALEX SMITH

Much progress has been made in preventing concussion and serious head injuries in the NFL in recent years. Rule changes and safety measures have been implemented, and we are beginning to see a reduction in the number of head and neck traumas. But in sport, horror injuries can happen — and there is little the league can do to prevent the kind of leg breaks Washington’s Alex Smith suffered during their game against the Texans. Everyone watching immediately knew the severity of the break, and it is clear Smith faces a lengthy recovery. Such injuries can end careers. Here’s hoping he makes it back.

Alex Smith being stretchered off after his horror injury suffered against the Texans.