27 Dec 2018

Domestic Cricket Review - 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 26th December 2018



A successful couple of weeks for PACC was capped off by a big win over DLSW CC in the annual Quaid I Azam cup. After winning the FITCH U19 Championship and their Saturday and Sunday league games, they then went on to secure an innings and 92-run victory, making it back to back victories for them over DLSW CC in 2-Day cricket. Tanwir Afzal -who took 14 wickets in last year’s matchup- scored 165, and Yasim Murtaza returned match figures of 10/82. A full review of this game can be found here.
PACC 315 a/o (90) beat DLSWCC 101 a/o (33.3) and 122 a/o (52.2) by an innings and 92 runs | Scorecard



In a match shortened to 46 overs a side due to some early morning rain, PACC elected to bat first after winning the toss. They lost a wicket first ball, as seamer Mohammad Imran gave USRC the perfect start to the innings, but then Tanwir Afzal (44 off 58, 5 fours, 1 six) and Zeeshan Ali (77 off 72, 9 fours, 1 six) proceeded to dominate. The pair put on a rapid 111 run partnership in the next 19 overs, before Tanwir was dismissed just one blow short of a well-deserved fifty.
That was the opening USRC needed, and a couple of overs later they struck three times in the space of 15 deliveries to have PACC 5 down for just 151. But PACC fought back – with half the innings to go, Daniyal Bukhari and Manjinder Singh rebuilt, and put on 88 runs in the next 14 overs. ‘Sunny’ Singh did the bulk of the scoring, hitting 55 off 46 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes, and after he was dismissed, Hamaz Mohammad joined Daniyal to take 56 runs off the next 39 balls. Hamaz was dismissed in the final over for a quick 25, and Daniyal hit the final ball of the innings for four to take PACC to 300, ending on 63 not out (59 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes). An excellent recovery after the wobble in the middle of the innings. The USRC bowling struggled, with only one bowler managing an economy under 5. Shan Sarwar and Awais Mohammad Senior taking 2 wickets apiece.
After giving his side a strong start with the bat, Tanwir then gave them a strong start with the ball, taking 3 wickets in a 3-over new ball burst. After 5 overs, USRC were 27/3, and they never recovered. Every PACC bowler managed at least a wicket, and outside of Daniyal Butt (37 off 24, 4 fours, 2 sixes), no USRC batsman offered any real resistance. They were shot out inside 14 overs for just 83.
PACC Elite 300/7 (46) beat USRC/MCC 83 a/o (13.5) by 217 runs (D/L method) | Scorecard



USRC/MCC continued their unbeaten run in Saturday cricket with a 6-wicket victory over the KCC Tartars at KCC. The hosts elected to bat first at the toss, but struggled against the new ball, being reduced to 41/4, before the spinners got to work dismantling the rest of the lineup.  Adit Gorawara stood firm with 54 (55 balls, 5 fours, 1 six), and was the last man dismissed, runout attempting a quick single. Sagar Modi scored 29, but no other batsman crossed double digits for the Tartars, and they finished with 115 runs on the board. Young quick Zakir Hayat -drafted into the USRC/MCC Championship squad after an impressive showing for the Independents in the FITCH U19 Championship earlier this month- took 2/28 in his first Saturday outing, while veteran spinner Shan Sarwar finished with 4/16 from his 7 overs.
In reply, Ghulam Iqbal (7-0-25-3) and Saad Mahmood (7-1-35-3) made life difficult for USRC in the chase, taking 3 wickets a piece. Ghulam did the damage with the new ball, reducing USRC to 17/3, and Saad struck at regular intervals after that. In between, Aftab Ahmed had to retire hurt, as KCC piled the pressure. Thankfully for USRC, Awais Mohammad Senior stood firm. He battled away for 58 (68 balls, 5 fours, 4 sixes), and guided the chase expertly. Only one other batsman crossed double digits, and no one else scored more than 12, but enough players stuck around with Awais long enough to ensure victory for USRC. He was dismissed in the 26th over with the score at 106, and USRC lost another wicket in the 28th, but Kashif Shams and Zakir Hayat ensured there would be no further hiccups, Kashif hitting the winning runs two balls into the 30th over.
USRC/MCC Championship 119/6 (29.2) beat KCC Tartars 115 a/o (32.1) by 4 wickets | Scorecard 

It really was PACC’s week, as they secured a thrilling, come-from-behind victory against DLSW Sarjan in a low scoring game at Mission Road on Saturday. They won the toss and elected to bat first, but found themselves 11/3 in 4 overs. Mohsin Khan and Ursalan Abdul did the damage with the new ball for DLSW, and Mohammad Aryan coming on first change picked up two more, including Wajib Shafi for a hard fought 24. Hamaz Mohammad (12 off 28) fell the over after, and PACC were now 51/6 and struggling. Nasrullah Rana and Gurjit Singh (16 off 28) scored some vital runs, and Nasrullah was 9th man dismissed for 36 (54 balls, 5 fours) having taken PACC past 100. PACC were soon bowled out for 121. Ursalan Abdul was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 4/27 in his 7 overs, and Mohsin Khan bowled his 7 for just 13 runs and a wicket.
In reply, DLSW lost an early wicket, but looked poised for a comfortable win – Hiren Patel (47 off 81, 5 fours) and Ibraheem Mohammad (25 off 37, 1 four, 2 sixes) taking Sarjan to 65/1 in the 14th over. Daniyal Bukhari then dismissed Ibraheem, and this triggered a bit of a wobble. Bukhari struck again in in the 18th over, and Muhammad Azam in the 23rd and 25th. Despite these wickets, DLSW Sarjan were still in pole position – 101/5 with 10 overs to go. But then came the collapse. Nabeel Mohammad was introduced into the attack, and struck right away, with the key wicket of Hiren Patel. A quiet over from Azam was followed by a runout from Nasrullah, and at 107/7, the strike bowlers were re-introduced. Bukhari struck first ball of the 29th over and conceded just 1 run, Nasrullah struck first ball of the 30th and bowled a maiden, and Bukhari wrapped the innings up first ball of the 31st! In all, Sarjan’s last 6 wicket fell for just 9 runs, and PACC completed an unlikely victory. Bukhari finished with 4/19 in 6.1 overs, as PACC narrow the gap between themselves and DLSW Sarjan at the top of the table.
PACC Championship 121 a/o (34.4) beat DLSW Sarjan 110 a/o (30.1) by 11 runs | Scorecard




The Cheetahs emerged victorious against the Lions in the U-17 Elite Division DLSW Derby this Saturday at Mission Road. Opting to bat first, they piled on 208/6 in their 35 overs, primarily thanks to Heet Dani’s 88* (116 balls, 8 fours). The opener batted through the innings, and received plenty of support – four other batsmen crossed double digits, but no one scored more than 28 (which Darshan Shah scored in just 17 balls). Haris Muhammad took 3/49 for the Lions, and there were economical spells from Jaiveer Sandhawalia (7-0-19-0) and Daniel Nasir (4-2-7-0), but the bowling in general struggled to contain the Cheetah’s batting. In reply, the Lions could only manage 134, and were bowled out in 30 overs. There were contributions from HK Women’s National Squad member Shanzeen Shahzad (28), Jaiveer Sandhawalia (34) and Haris Muhammad (30*), but no batsman could kick on and make a big score. Partik Vasandani (7-0-24-3 and a runout), Vansh Jain (7-0-27-2) and Nikshay Saraf (5-0-27-2) did the job for the Cheetahs, and helped them secure a comfortable 74 run victory.
DLSW Cheetahs U17 208/6 (35) beat DLSW Lions U17 134 a/o (29.5) by 74 runs | Scorecard