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


Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

Updated 21 April 2018
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Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

  • Manchester United come from behind to make FA Cup final.
  • Mauricio Pochettino yet to win a trophy as manager.

A third cup final with Manchester United for Jose Mourinho. More FA Cup semifinal misery for Tottenham.
While Mauricio Pochettino wins admiration for his style of football, the manager has yet to actually win a trophy in management.
A 2-1 collapse to United at Wembley Stadium on Saturday left Tottenham reeling from an eighth successive loss in the FA Cup semifinals.
Pochettino is responsible for two of the setbacks, having also fallen short against Chelsea last season.
At the stadium where Tottenham have been playing their home matches this season, Dele Alli's goal gave the 1991 FA Cup winners hope of turning around their miserable record in world football's oldest knockout competition.
But Alexis Sanchez leveled in the 24th minute and Ander Herrera struck the winner in the second half. It ensured Mourinho, who won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at United, has a chance to also end this campaign with silverware against Chelsea or Southampton in the FA Cup final.
"We're getting used to being in finals," Herrera said. "This club is all about titles and finals."
While Mourinho has fallen short in the English Premier League behind newly crowned champion Manchester City, United are second and on course for their highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Tottenham would settle with holding onto fourth place to secure a third season in a row in the Champions League.
Liverpool missed a chance to considerably stretch its advantage over Tottenham in one of Saturday's two league games. Juergen Klopp's side threw away a two-goal lead to draw with last-place West Bromwich Albion 2-2 and move only three points ahead of Tottenham.
Chelsea, who plays Southampton in the other FA Cup semifinal on Sunday, are five points behind Tottenham with four games remaining.

POGBA TRANSFORMED
When United fell behind to Tottenham, Paul Pogba was culpable.
A high ball was launched forward by Tottenham, a lethargic Pogba didn't try to break sweat in an attempt to prevent it reaching Eriksen. It allowed the Dane to whip in a cross for Alli to slide onto at the far post and strike past David De Gea in 11th minute
Had Harry Kane made a connection at the far post with Son Heung-min's cross three minutes later, Tottenham might have extended their lead.
Instead, United were able to draw level. Pogba made amends for his earlier inertia by dispossessing Mousa Dembele and delivering a cross that Sanchez headed past static goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
Sanchez did the hard work to create the winner in the 62nd, holding off Kieran Trippier and rolling the ball into the penalty area where Jesse Lingard teed up Herrera to shoot past Vorm.