Maqbool’s unbeaten 228 highlight of ORIX Cricket Tourney
Maqbool’s unbeaten 228 highlight of ORIX Cricket Tourney
In Al Kharj Cricket Zone, Lahore Badshah routed Ayoun Al Badr by 95 runs. Batting first Lahore Badshah scored 358 off 40 overs. Yassir Maqbool’s knock of 228 came off 128 balls. He was well supported by Abdul Wahab and Adeel who scored 48 and 36 respectively. Ayoun Al Badr was all out for 263. For Lahore Badshah Waseem took 5 wickets while Irfan got 3.
In another match, KFSH Blues scored a thrilling one-wicket win over CKK. Batting first, CKK were bowled out for 271 off 37.2 overs. Imran Kifayat was the highest scorer with 77. Nouman made 60 and Omar 42. Nadeem Babar was the pick of the bowlers for KFSH Blues as he took 3 wickets. Usman and Irshad picked two wickets each.
KFSH Blues started well with openers Nasir Abbasi and Nadeem Babar scoring 50s. Nasir Abbasi (63), Nadeem Babar (51), Irshad (56) and Rehan (26) were the other run-getters. KFSH Blues lost wickets at regular intervals, but at the end achieved their target off 37.5 overs. Osman remained unbeaten on 18 and played a vital role in his team’s win.
Pak Shaheen got the better of Shouraim by 42 runs. Batting first Pak Shaheen were all out for 321. Abdul Wahid (84), Ibrar (44), Iftikhar (30), Ateeq (21) and Wahab (20) did their best. Shahnawaz took 3 wickets while Zeeshan, Faisal and Waseem got 2 wickets each. In reply, Shouraim managed to score 279. Arif remained unbeaten on 99 and Wasim scored 51. Iftikhar took 3 wickets while Wahab, Ateeq and Ibrar got 2 wickets each.
Lahore Lions beat Amir Holidays in another match of the Al Kharj Cricket Zone.
In Huraymala Cricket Zone, FUCHS beat KFSH Greens by 32 runs. Batting first, FUCHS scored 219 for 6 off 20 overs. Shahbaz Ali (71), Aziz ur Rehman (52), Owais (28) and Waqar (26) were among the runs. Tahir Abbasi took 3 wickets while Azhar Hussain got 2. KFSH Green scored 187 in reply. Fakhar top-scored with 84. Mansoor Ali supported him with 21. Javed took 2 wickets.
In a closely contested match, Combined XI beat Riyadh Panthers by one wicket. Batting first Riyadh Panthers scored 174 for 7 off 20 overs. Tauseef (49) and Sajid Cheema (48) were the main scorers. Asmat Shahzad got 2 wickets. Combined XI achieved their target off 19.5 overs. Taj Khan (66), Asmat Shahzad (25) and Ahmed Qayum (23) were instrumental in their team’s win. Raza, Zulfiqar and Hamid got 2 wickets each.
Later, batting first Stallions scored 218 off 20 overs thanks to contributions from Sohail (88), Imran Younes (24), Asif (22) and Yassir (22). Saudi Jaguars achieved their target with the last ball of the 20th over.
In Riyadh Cricket Zone, Pak Force beat Friends XI by 4 wickets. Batting first Friends XI scored 174 off 20 overs. Akif (69) and Abdulrahman (27) did their best. Pak Force achieved the target and won the match. Zeeshan took 2 wickets while Abdulrahman got 1.
Royal Strikers beat Imran XI in the Super Over. Batting first Royal Strikers scored 185. Shiju (82) and Mithun (34) were the main scorers. Imran XI also scored 185 in the stipulated 20 overs. Jijin, Siraj and Sharafu got 2 wickets each. In the Super Over, Royal Strikers made 14 and Imran XI 7.
In another match, Serendib beat Tigers by 6 wickets. Tigers batted first and scored 159 off their stipulated 18 overs. Ali scored 42 and Upol Zarief got 36. Serendib achieved their target in the last over. Jewel, Shakil and Marzan took a wicket each for Tigers.
ACC’s Development Manager, member of the 1992 World Cup winning Pakistan team, Iqbal Sikander visited the RCA Cricket Complex and praised the facilities provided at the RCA grounds. He also inaugurated Riyadh Cricket Association’s Cricket Academy. Patron RCA Mohammed Anwar presented a shield of honor to him.
What now for Saudi Arabia’s big four teams?
- Al-Hilal won their 15th top-flight title this season.
- Big summer for Saudi Arabia football with the Green Falcons at the World Cup.
Now the Saudi Professional League season is over for another year Arab News can look back at their title tilts and what the big four clubs have to do over the coming months ahead of the next season.
Coaching situation: Ramon Diaz was in charge for much of the season, but was fired in February after setbacks in the Champions League.
Assistant Juan Brown did Okay in the final stretch, but a top-class coach could get more out of this team.
Squad priorities: A reliable goalscorer to support Omar Khribin and with veteran defender Osama Hawsawi leaving for pastures new, a replacement center-back with leadership qualities. Welcoming back the major stars — Carlos Eduardo, Khribin, Nawaf Al-Abed and Salem Al -Dawsari — will be a major boost.
Aim next season: Win the AFC Champions League
Coaching situation: Sergiy Rebrov is out of contract at the end of June. His future is likely to depend on how the team fares against Al-Sadd in the second round of the AFC Champions League in May.
Squad priorities: There is not much wrong. The Jeddah giants were the highest scorers in the league last season and had the second best defense. Keeping star midfielder Leonardo fit will help as will a little cover in the center of defense. Star striker Omar Al-Somah fell out with the coach in a public way in the penultimate game of the season. It may be that one of them has to go. The Syrian has been player of the year for three years and has a longer contract than Rebrov.
Aim next season: Win the league. Maintain good performances in Asia.
Coaching situation: Krunoslav Jurcic arrived in January and the former Croatian national team boss produced an upswing in results. May just be a temporary appointment and it needs to be sorted quickly.
Squad priorities: Looks good with the Saudi Arabia national team keeper, a strong center-back pairing of Omar Hawsawi and Bruno Uvini and the full-back position seemingly sorted with the January signing of Saad Suhail. They probably need a defensive midfielder and have to keep Junior Kabananga. The DR Congo striker has shown enough in his few weeks at the club to suggest that he could be a real star next season, especially with Leonardo pulling the strings behind him.
Aim next season: A genuine title challenge and getting through the play-offs into the 2019 AFC Champions League.
Coaching situation: A bottom half finish is unacceptable for a team with Al-Itithad’s stature and history. Chilean coach Jose Luis Sierra may find that winning domestic cups is no substitute for challenging for the title.
Squad priorities: There is too much reliance on players such as Carlos Villanueva, a creative spark in the team, and Fahad Al-Ansari, the midfield engine, who are the wrong side of 30. The possible return of star winger Fahad Al-Muwallad will help, but an introduction of energy is needed.
Aim next season: Top three and, if the team wins the King’s Cup, a good showing in the 2019 AFC Champions League.