Expendabowls hit fourth Team of the Week plum at OFBC Afternoon League

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Carol Rio
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Four-time Team of the Week winner Expendabowls. (AN photos)
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Gil Catral and Vic Gonzales, both with plaques, in a group photo with the OFBC members.
Updated 20 April 2017
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Expendabowls hit fourth Team of the Week plum at OFBC Afternoon League

JEDDAH: The Expendabowls became the first to have the most number of Team of the Week victories at four by winning the coveted award during the 12th session in the OFBC Friday Afternoon League Season 6 here.
Expendabowls came up with the top tally of 20 points in a low-scoring battles on the unyieldy lanes at the Iceland Bowling Center, after a 10-10 draw against
Al-Tayyer United Contracting on total pinfalls of 2,139-2,116 and rank points of 10 and 9.
As it turned out, the sides were locked in a close fight for Team of the Week award, and it was only the rank points that eventually decided the outcome.
It was the third time in the last four weeks that Expendabowls enjoyed the limelight. They won the first of their four accolades during the third week of the four-man team league event organized by Overseas Filipino Bowlers Club.
Joel Nidoy’s Al-Tayyer ended the day on 19 points in a tie with Velocity Strikers who ended a four-week losing streak with a 12-8 victory over whipping team SGH Bowling Group on total pinfalls of 2,010-1,987 and rank points of 7-5.
Shadow Bowlers and Toshi likewise tied on 18 points after contrasting results against respective opponents Arci-5 10-10 (2,064-1,979 and 8-6) and Nilobabes 12-8 (2,000-1,985 and 6-4).
The match between RTJ Transient House and Youngsters also ended in a 10-10 draw on total pinfalls of 1,671 and 1,883 and rank points of 1-2.
Jon Belo made it a double for Expendabowls when he took the men’s Bowler of the Week award on 630 on scratch games of 222, 140 and 196 while Carol Rio of Youngsters had her first taste of the individual award when she shot 553 to become the ladies’ Bowler of the Week.
Danny Atubang tallied 525 and Marlyn Mangunay had 503 to back up Belo at Expendabowls. Gil Catral at 477 was the fourth player to count in the team.
Al-Tayyer had Alex Duma crossing 600 on 605 while his wife Carmen provided support with her 530 to go with the 507 by Jojo Esperanzate and 474 by Jack Jarin.
Gizelle Virtudazo and Toto Lim carded 521 and 509 at the helm of Velocity that also got 499 from Rhyan Tasic and 481 from Jaime “Paco” Flores.
Over at Shadow Bowlers the trio of Jhun Ejanda, Hadi Pacheo and Rosalie Due Agustin rolled 549, 528 and 522 with Hercie Bosito on 465.
Rudy “RJ” Jamon, who led the OFBC family during the masalama for team captains Gil Catral of Expendabowls and Vic Gonzales of Youngters, took charge at Transient House on 457.
Catral and Gonzales, who have since both left the Kingdom on exit-only visa, were given plaques of appreciation by the OFBC.
Toshi’s big win against league-leading Nilobabes was chiefly the work of Cesar Sacramed 536 and Cesar Pagtalunan 523 with help from Vivian Sacramed 487 and Rico Bulalayao 184.
Team standings after the 12th week:
1. Nilobabes 259.0 2. Toshi 240.5 3. RTJ Transient House 231.0 4. Al-Tayyer Contracting 207.0 5. The Expandabowls 183.0 6. Shadow Bowlers 169.0 7. Velocity Strikers 164.5 8. Arci-5 158.0 9. Saudi German Hospital 121.5 10. Youngsters 110.5


Unrivaled: India now 7-0 in World Cup games against Pakistan

Updated 17 June 2019
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Unrivaled: India now 7-0 in World Cup games against Pakistan

  • Conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm of a predominantly pro-India crowd 

MANCHESTER, UK: For such an intense rivalry, it is still a lopsided contest when India and Pakistan meet at the Cricket World Cup.

India extended their record to 7-0 against Pakistan at the World Cup with an 89-run victory in a rain-interrupted encounter Sunday that likely will remain the most-watched game of the six-week tournament.

India started ominously with Rohit Sharma scoring 140 from 113 deliveries and skipper Virat Kohli contributing 77 in a total of 336-5, a record for a One-Day International at Old Trafford.

Pakistan were always behind the run-rate required.

Fakhar Zaman (62) and Babar Azam (48) put on 104 for the second wicket but when both were dismissed by left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav within nine balls, Pakistan’s hopes faded with them.

When Hardik Pandya took wickets with consecutive deliveries in the 27th over, Pakistan were 129-5. And with a result in play because both teams had batted more than 20 overs, there was no chance of sharing points if rain prevented any more play. A delay after the 35th with Pakistan at 166-6 just prolonged the inevitable.

Pakistan were  set a revised target of 302 from 40 overs and the last five overs were a non-event with Pakistan finishing 212-6. India remained unbeaten in four games to start the tournament.

The conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm of a predominantly pro-India crowd that filled the 162-year-old venue to its 23,500 capacity. Seats were in excessively high demand, after all, with the International Cricket Council reporting more than 800,000 ticket applications for the game.

There is always extra significance when the nuclear-armed neighboring countries meet at ICC tournaments because India and Pakistan play cricket so infrequently in bilateral series.

This was no different, with a 1 billion-plus TV audience and an almost football-like atmosphere at the ground.

Kohli’s single to get off the mark was met by “Kohli-Kohli-Kohli” chants from the predominantly pro-India crowd.

Sharma set the tone with his second century of the tournament, sharing partnerships of 136 with KL Rahul (57) for the first wicket and 98 with Kohli for the second.

He seemed ready to really unleash when he needlessly paddled a ball from Hasan Ali to Wahab Riaz at short fine leg in the 38th over.

Kohli continued, becoming the third Indian batter to pass 11,000 ODI runs. In doing so in his 222nd innings, he became the fastest to reach the milestone.

Kohli was on 71 and India was 305-4 when rain stopped play for the first time in the 47th over. The India captain was caught behind off Mohammad Amir’s bowling not long after he returned from the 55-minute rain break and, surprisingly, walked off before umpire Marais Erasmus had a chance to signal him out.

There was some speculation Kohli did not edge the ball but it was inconsequential in the end, as India passed Sri Lanka’s 318-7 against England in 2006 to set the highest ODI total in Manchester.

After a batting onslaught at the top, Pakistan pegged back the run-rate slightly as Amir (3-47) dismissed Pandya (26) and then had MS Dhoni (1) and Kohli caught behind — both the ex-captain and captain walking.

Things started going haywire for Pakistan after skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and fielded, going against the advice sent via social media by Prime Minister and 1992 World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan.

Overcast and cool overhead conditions that usually would favor swing and seam bowling didn’t greatly assist the Pakistan attack, with India racing to 52-0 in its most productive opening power play of the tournament.

The Pakistan pacemen had trouble with the umpires, with Amir and Wahab each cautioned twice for running on the protected area in the middle of the pitch. One further warning would have resulted in a suspension.

It also didn’t help that opener Imam-ul-Haq got out in rare circumstances to Vijay Shankar’s very first delivery at a World Cup — it coming on the fifth ball of Pakistan’s fifth over after Shankar was asked to finish it off for injured teammate Bhuveshwar Kumar.

Pakistan’s next game is at Lord’s against South Africa, which also has three points and only remote prospects of reaching the semifinals.