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

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

Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

Updated 17 January 2019

Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

  • A double from Almoez Ali means Qatar top Group E.
  • Juan Antonio Pizzi's men now face Japan in second round on Monday.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia now know they will have to overcome Japan in the second round if they are to keep their hopes of a fourth Asian Cup title alive. 

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Qatar meant Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men finished second in Group E — both sides went into the top-of-the-table clash knowing they had already secured a spot in the knockout stages. 

A brace from Almoez Ali in Abu Dhabi was enough to give Qatar the three points and leave them top of the group. 

From the kick-off the Green Falcons were the ones who looked the more likely to make the initial breakthrough —  Fahad Almuwallad slamming a right-foot shot against the post after 22 minutes.

Qatar captain Hasan Al-Haydos then missed a penalty in the 42nd minute after Ali had been clattered in the box.

But Ali, who scored four goals in Qatar's 6-0 rout of North Korea last weekend, made no mistake in first-half stoppage time.

He calmly slotted the ball past Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais to become the first player to score six goals in a single Asian Cup since South Korea's Lee Dong-gook in 2000.

Ali subsequently headed in a seventh goal of the tournament 10 minutes from time, celebrating with a jig of delight.

While the defeat was not ideal Green Falcons coach Pizzi said he was still hopeful Saudi Arabia would be able to go far in the tournament. 

"It was an intense game but we have to hide our feelings and prepare for the last 16," Pizzi said.

"We were missing quality in the final third and individual errors have cost us," he added.

"But we will bounce back. I respect every team left in the competition, including Japan, but I don't feel that we are inferior to them in any way."

Qatar, who have never gone beyond the quarterfinals, advance to face Iraq in the last 16.