Winter Cup cricket tourney takes off in Riyadh

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Updated 27 December 2012
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Winter Cup cricket tourney takes off in Riyadh

The ISC MASH Winter Cup got off to a flying start with century and number of fifties being scored on the opening day last week. It was giving a festive look on the ground as the players wearing their team colors were battling out for their respective teams at the Eidga ground, giving a wonderful sight to watch. The tournament was inaugurated by A, Qadir Mirza, Group General Manager of Banque Saudi Fransi.
Mirza declared the games open. The colorful opening ceremony, which included prizes, cups and trophies were unveiled by Mir Muzaffer Ali, general manager of Jahan Jewelary Co, Riyadh. Nazeer, captain of MCC took the oath on behalf of all the players. The function was also attended by Nadeem Abu Harba, operations manager of SAICO.
Mohammed Mustaq, vice president for operations of Mash Logistics, the sponsors of tournament, announced to sponsor the tournament every year, while responding to the response and enthusiasm of the cricket players and audience on this occasion.
He said that he would love to promote cricket in Saudi Arabia. Muntashir, Mujtaba and Ridaa, the young cricket enthusiasts along with all the guest, released a flock of pigeons in the air to declare the start of the games.
Dr Gayas Ahmed, chairman of the organizing committee, welcomed the guests and Mohammed Kaleem, secretary, delivered the vote of thanks. A total of six matches were played on the opening day and all the games were played under neutral umpires and with match referees to give maximum fairness to the game. The results and scores are given below.
Results:
Parker CC 241-6 off16 overs. Imran-55 (22) Asfaq 42 (11) Sajid 2-51 Deccan Champs-175-9 off 16 overs. Sajid 39 (13) Ashfaq 3-33 Ataulla 3-29. Parker won by 66 runs. Man of the match: Ashfaq
United XI: 156 off16 overs. Jaan -67 (23) Abbas 3-23; Ilyaz 2-16. Saico C C khawar 81 (27). Saico won by 8 wickets.
Man of the Match: Khawar
Reliance 255 for 2 off 16 overs. Aamir 109 (47) 12-sixes, 4-fours. Rouf 59 (24), Ata 39 * (15). Alga Champs 178 off 16 overs. Moiz 41 (30), Obaid 40 (16 ). Reliance C C won by 76 runs.
Man of the Match: Aamir
Dar Twister 144-4 off 16 overs. Haider 60 *(24), Waqas 3-23. Arima C C 146 off15 overs. Butt 35 (24), Haider 3-32. Arima won by 5 wickets.
Man of the Match: Waqas.
Mohammadans C C 142-9 off 16 overs. zain 58 *(38), Sharieff 3-41. Chennai XI 145-6 off 12.3 overs. Naina 74 * (31), Zain 2-25. Chennai XI won by 4 wickets.
Man of the Match: Naina
Mohammed Bangalore C C 162-6 off16 overs. Ishtiaq 35 (24), Rahman 2-28; irfan 2- 27. Crescent C C 163-3 off 11.5 overs. Mustaq 51* (15), Baseer 48* (16). Crescent C C won by 7 wickets.
Man of the Match: Mustaq


Ramadel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Yerry Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts

Updated 25 June 2018
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Ramadel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Yerry Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts

  • The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament
  • The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal

KAZAN: Radamel Falcao, Yerry Mina and Juan Cuadrado scored as stylish Colombia boosted their World Cup last 16 hopes with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Poland on Sunday.
In a match destined to see the loser sent home after the group stages, Colombia overcame a nervous start against Adam Nawalka’s men to move up to third place in Group H, one point behind Japan and Senegal.
The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament.
“I’m very sorry and very sad about the result, but tomorrow’s another day and we have to come to terms with things,” said Poland coach Adam Nawalka.
“Our players did their best until the end of the game. We lost to a very strong team and this is something we have to accept.
“I extend my congratulations to Colombia.”
The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal, who drew 2-2 with Japan earlier in the day.
Colombia’s march to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago came thanks to James Rodriguez’s six-goal tally for Los Cafeteros.
And days after a troublesome calf injury restricted him to a half-hour cameo role as 10-man Colombia stumbled to a 2-1 defeat against Japan, the Bayern Munich midfielder was back to his best.
Starting alongside Juan Quintero and Cuadrado on the right, Colombia’s ultra-offensive starting line-up was a forewarning.
After riding a tense start that forced Mina and then Wilmar Barrios to react quickly to thwart early threats from Robert Lewandowski, Colombia eventually got into their stride.
Cuadrado was wasteful on several occasions when finding space deep on the right flank.
The Juventus winger’s trickery would eventually pay dividends, but it was Falcao — who has dreamed all his life of scoring a World Cup goal — who turned on the style, dancing through the Polish defense to win the corner that led to Colombia’s opener.
Rodriguez’s short corner eventually found Quintero, whose smart through ball back to Rodriguez gave him time and space to curl a perfect left-footed cross that Mina rose to header powerfully past Szczesny on 40 minutes.
Colombia resumed in positive fashion, Cuadrado holding up well to set up Falcao for a first-time drive that sailed over Szczesny’s crossbar.
A Colombia counter saw Falcao’s drive from the edge of the area deflected out for a corner.
Nawalka replaced Dawid Kownacki with the more experienced Kamil Grosicki and the switch almost paid dividends.
Only the bravery of goalkeeper David Ospina saved Colombia from conceding what looked like the equalizer when he rushed out to block from Lewandowski after the Bayern Munich striker did well to get a shot away from a long ball from midfield.
Poland threatened again, but when Lewandowski got his head to a cross into the area he was marked by both Mina and Davinson Sanchez.
Colombia, however, were not to be denied.
When right-back Sanitago Arias found Quintero, the midfielder sliced Poland’s defense apart with a low pass that found Falcao on the run before he beat Szczesny down low with the outside of his right boot.
Five minutes later, Rodriguez produced arguably the assist of the night, drawing several Polish players on the left flank before somehow finding Cuadrado on the run with a superb cross-field pass that the pacey winger tucked away.