Sirajuddin stars in Falcons win over Gujranwala

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Updated 18 January 2013
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Sirajuddin stars in Falcons win over Gujranwala

Falcons scored a thrilling five-run win over Gujranwala in the Amaq Cup T20 cricket tournament, organized by the Riyadh Cricket League.
Falcons made first use of the track and put up 201 for 6 off the stipulated 20 overs. Nazim Siddiqui (56) Nadeem Shah (46) and Sirajuddin (42) were their main scorers. Ashraf bagged 2 wickets. Saleem and Owais shared two wickets.
Gujranwala came close but failed to reach the target and finished with 196 for 9. Ashraf (36) and Dastagir (30) were their top scorers. Sirajuddin did most of the damage as he took 4 wickets. Sohail Behram got 2 wickets.
Man-of-the-Match: Sirajuddin.
In another match, Samarwa scored 242 for 3 against Black Caps. Abu Baker (76), Shakeel (53) and Asif Sheikh (38) were among the runs. In reply, Black Caps managed 170 for 7 off their stipulated overs and lost by 72 runs. Sanaullah (46), Moqeen (37) and Bilal (35) did their best. Abu Baker and Aasif Sheikh shared four wickets.
Man-of-the-Match: Abu Baker.
GamePro routed Royal Fighters by 73 runs. Batting first Game Pro scored 189 for 6. Imran Gavanji (82) and Khaleel Goltay (48) were the main run getters. Tawwab and Shariq took 2 wickets each.
In reply Royal Fighters were bowled out for 117.
Ameen (37), Izhar (23) and Mustafa (25) did their best . Imran Gavanji took 3 wickets while Farhan and Zakaria Hasan took 2.
Man-of-the-Match: Imran Gavanji.
In another match, Karachi Titans scored a comfortable eight-wicket win over Cyberoam. Batting first Cyberoam made 141 runs off 20 overs. Adil (52) and Amjad (30) were the main scorers. Rizwan took 3 wickets, Saleem took 2.
In reply Karachi Titans achieved their target for the loss of 2 wickets off 12.3 overs. Bilal scored a match winning 68 runs while Rizwan got 25.
Man-of-the-Match: Rizwan.
Later, Maestro walked past Bhatkal Warriors by 10 wickets. Batting first Warriors totalled 93 runs. Fahad was the top scorer with 22 runs.
Rahil Lala bowled magnificently and took 4 wickets while Saqib and Imran took 2 wickets each.
In reply Maestro achieved their target off 6.2 overs without any loss. Feroz Khan scored a well-made 66 runs and Shoaib got 19.
Man-of-the-Match: Rahil Lala.
In the last match, Super Green got the better of Riyadh Sports Club by 5 wickets. Riyadh put up 160 for 9 with Kifayat the highest scorer with 60 runs.
Dastageer bagged 3 wickets while Riaz Ahmed got 2.
In reply Super Green achieved their target for the loss of 5 wickets off 15.5 overs. Sajed (37), Khawar (28) and Noman (21) were among the runs. Sattar bowled well for his 3 wickets.


Wenger to leave Arsenal after two decades in charge

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Wenger to leave Arsenal after two decades in charge

LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to leave at the end of the season after a reign of almost 22 years that made him the most successful boss in the Premier League club’s history.
“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season,” the Frenchman said in a statement issued by the Gunners on Friday.
Wenger, 68, has been with the North Londoners since October 1996 and is by far the longest-serving current manager in English football.
He will be out of contract at the end of the season.
Arsenal are currently a distant sixth in the league but are in the semifinals of the Europa League, which represents their only realistic route to the Champions League next season.
“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years. I managed the club with full commitment and integrity,” said Wenger, who urged the fans to stand behind the team to end the season on a high.
Arsenal’s majority owner Stan Kroenke said it was “one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport.
“One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene has brought to the club on and off the pitch,” he said.
“His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.”
Wenger won three Premier League titles, including going unbeaten for an entire season, seven FA Cups and took Arsenal into the Champions League for 20 years in a row. They won the league and FA cup double in 1998 and 2002.
The club said a successor would be appointed as soon as possible with German Thomas Tuchel, out of work since leaving Borussia Dortmund almost a year ago, installed as the early bookmakers’ favorite.