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


WORLD CUP REVIEW: Magic Luka Modric, Paul Pogba perfection and a blundering Brazilian

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WORLD CUP REVIEW: Magic Luka Modric, Paul Pogba perfection and a blundering Brazilian

  • Our goals, players, and team of the tournament

France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia on Sunday was the best World Cup final since 1982 and closed out what was a brilliant, drama-packed tournament. Here we look back at the past four and half weeks in Russia to give you our highlights of a memorable month.

MATCH OF THE TOURNAMENT — Belgium 3-2 Japan

In a tournament packed with tense, closely fought matches this was easily the most dramatic. With 21 minutes to go Belgium’s “Golden Generation” were 2-0 down and staring at a shock second-round exit at the hands of Japan. But they proved that alongside the flair and finesse, they also had backbone as strikes from Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini levelled the score before 90 minutes. That then set up a memorable finale as the Red Devils brilliantly counterattacked in added time with Romulu Lukaku dummying for Nacer Chadli to fire home the late winner. Subs bench: France 4-3 Argentina, Spain 3-3 Portugal, Spain 2-2 Morocco.

PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT — Luka Modric

There was a moment in Croatia’s 2-1 extra-time win against England where the midfield maestro’s legs had clearly gone and he was running on pure adrenaline. Yet, even after 105 minutes Modric still went in search of the ball, still looked to create the all-important winner, he never gave up and never looked anything other than pure class. That summed up the entire tournament for the Real Madrid man, and although he ended up on the losing side in the final he was easily the most impressive player in Russia. Subs bench: Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Eden Hazard.

GOAL OF THE TOURNAMENT — Benjamin Pavard - vs. Argentina, Round of 16

There are certain ingredients you need to win goal of the tournament. A touch of brilliant technique, a dollop of great team play, a slice of “did you just see that” reaction, and for it to come at an important time in the match. Pavard’s volley from 30 yards had all four of those in abundance: 2-1 down to Argentina in the second-round clash, Les Bleus were in need of a bit of magic and while Mbappe rightly took many of the plaudits for his two goals, it was Pavard’s strike that galvanized the French and set them on their way to World Cup glory.

SHOCK OF THE TOURNAMENT — Germany’s early exit

If anyone tells you they thought the defending champions would not get out of the group, there is a very high chance that they are lying. They were ranked No.1 and, while they came into the tournament with a few issues (Leroy Sane dropped, Mezut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan’s photo op with Turkish president Recep Erdogan), no one thought they would depart as early as they did. They were outclassed by Mexico, needed a last-minute winner against Sweden and looked clueless during their 2-0 defeat to South Korea — it was as embarrassing as it was surprising.

LOSER OF THE TOURNAMENT — Neymar

Where do we start? We could go with the pathetic diving and play acting which would have shamed a four-year-old, the fact he rarely hit the heights that would befit the most expensive player in the history of the game, or we could go with his ridiculous haircut. But what most embarrassed him was his naked narcissism. The fact is that Philippe Coutinho was Brazil’s best player in Russia, but Neymar insisted on taking all the free kicks and being the center of attention. The sooner he realizes that football is a team game and that there are players as good, if not better, than him then the sooner Brazil may win the World Cup again. As long as they pander to Neymar’s inflated opinion of himself they have little chance.

TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT. (3-5-2)

Goalkeeper — Jordan Pickford (England): Was the star of England’s unexpected march to the semifinals.

Defense — Raphael Varane (France): The best player in the best defense of the whole tournament, sheer class. Harry Maguire (England): Made a name for himself in Russia, will be around for many years to come. Diego Godin (Uruguay): As dominant and solid a defender as you are likely to find.

Midfield — Thomas Meunier (Belgium): In a side packed full of attacking talent Meunier proved one of the most dangerous attackers from deep. Ivan Perisic (Croatia): Brilliant on the ball and always a threat, Perisic was one of the key men behind Croatia’s run to the final. Luka Modric (Croatia): The best player on the ball in Russia was also the best player in the tournament. Paul Pogba (France): How Manchester United fans will wish he could reproduce his mature and dominating performances in Russia for them. Eden Hazard (Belgium): The best dribbler in Russia was always a constant menace for opposition defenses.

Forwards — Kylian Mbappe (France): It is frightening to think just how good he can become. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium): All his goals came from open play and was one of the key reasons behind Belgium’s good tournament.

Subs bench: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Yerry Mina (Colombia), Kieran Trippier (England), N’Golo Kante (France), Denis Cheryshev (Russia), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).