Butt Sports, UT Lines, Hyderabad Sharks clinch JCA Summer League openers

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Butt Sports before their match against Saudi Oil. (AN photos)
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UT Lines cricket team in a group photo.
Updated 05 October 2017
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Butt Sports, UT Lines, Hyderabad Sharks clinch JCA Summer League openers

JEDDAH: Butt Sports, UT Lines, Hyderabad Sharks and Banswada Ball Burner won their opening week matches of the JCA Summer League against respective opponents.
The total number of participating clubs are 18 divided into four groups – two each in the morning and afternoon, playing on a round robin league basis with the top four teams qualifying for the knockout stage to decide the winner and runner-up team separately for morning and afternoon leagues.
In the morning league, Butt Sports sent Saudi Oil on a leather hunt with a massive 109-run s win over Saudi Oil mainly due to Mohsin’s brilliant 121 off 39 balls and later, Mohsin (3 for 22) and Hussain (3 for 24) bowled a tight spell to bundle out Saudi Oil for a paltry 101 run. Fahad’s flamboyant knock of 72 runs of 20 balls studded with 6 fours and 4 sixes led UT Lines to a superb six-wicket win over Malik Stars despite swashbuckling knock of 82 from 27 balls with 7 sixes and 8 fours by Jahangir going in vain.
In the Afternoon League, Hyderabad Sharks, winners of Ace Travel Saudi Cup, carried their previous league form to score a precision nine-wicket win over Saudi German Hospital with Shahzad consistently dominating bowlers with a whirlwind knock of 58 of 31 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes, while his partner Yasir was more aggressive scoring an unbeaten 56 of 22 balls studded with 7 fours and 4 sixes. Banswada Ball Burner raced to a 56 runs over ICAD with Ather carving out an unbeaten 77 with 8 fours and 2 sixes.
Brief scores:
Morning League

Butt Sports (210 for 5 wickets) Mohsin 121, Saeed 2 for 41; Saudi Oil (101 all out) Ayaz 28, Mohsin 3 for22, Hussain 3 for 24
Malik Stars (165 for 6 wickets) Jahangir 82, Umar 24; UT Lines (169 for 4 in 9.1 overs) Fahad 72, Ata ur Rehman 42 runs, Shad 26
Afternoon League
Saudi German Hospital (129 all out) Irshad 28, Huzaifa 33, Mubashir 3 for 28, Shahid 2 for 35, Shahroz 2 for 25, Yasir 2 for 17; Hyderabad Sharks (130 for 1 wicket in 9.3 overs) Shahzad 58NO. Yasir 56 NO
Banswada Ball Burner (226 for 4 wickets) Aman 32, Zameer 49, Ather 77NO, Wasi 30 NO, Mohsin 2 for 46; ICAD (170 all out) Mansoor 43, Mohsin 42, Umar 3 for 26, Raheel 2 for 23


Sri Lanka Cricket suspends two caught in pitch-fixing sting

Updated 27 May 2018
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Sri Lanka Cricket suspends two caught in pitch-fixing sting

  • A player and a groundsman are suspended
  • Documentary claimed pitch was going to be tampered with ahead of England Test

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Cricket on Sunday suspended a player and a groundsman who allegedly agreed to tamper with the pitch to alter the result of an upcoming Test against England, as police launched an investigation into the claims.
The Sri Lankan board (SLC) said it had suspended the curator of the Galle International Stadium as well as a professional player, who were featured in an Al Jazeera documentary on corruption in cricket.
The board also lodged a complaint with the local police, who launched a criminal investigation into the scandal exposed by the Doha-based television network.
"Sri Lanka Cricket decided to suspend with immediate effect the alleged individuals involved in the said incident against whom the ICC is carrying out investigations," the board said.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Saturday it was investigating allegations involving the two Sri Lankans and a former Indian player, urging "all evidence and supporting material" to be shared with the investigators.
Tharindu Mendis, a player from Colombo, and Tharanga Indika, the curator of the Galle International Stadium, were featured in the documentary broadcast on Sunday, which showed them talking about doctoring pitches during a meeting with an undercover reporter.
The men were reportedly discussing ways to prepare the pitch to ensure that the first Test at the Galle ground in November against England would not end in a draw and would yield a result in less than four days.
SLC said it has appointed a three-member panel to study the issue and make recommendations to prevent any corruption at future tournaments in Sri Lanka.
A former curator of the Galle International Stadium, Jayananda Warnaweera, is already under an ICC ban for three years until January 2019 for failing to cooperate with a previous anti-corruption investigation.
Warnaweera, a former Test player, had failed to attend interviews with the ICC's anti-corruption unit. He had been previously handed a two-year ban by the local board over the same allegations.
Sri Lankan players and umpires have been accused of match fixing in the past, but Warnaweera is the highest ranking official punished so far.
Although no big-name Sri Lankan player has ever been convicted of corruption, several former stars have made allegations of either match fixing or spot-fixing -- when players deliberately bowl or field badly to give away a set number of runs.