Oman Cricket: Maqsood’s ton in Assarain win
Zeeshan Maqsood played a captain's innings of 102, Vinukumar Gopalakrishnan scalped four and Muhammed Nadeem’s allround show (45 and 3-47) led defending champion Assarain CT to a 23-run win over Enhance CT in an Oman Cricket Premier Division match at Al Amerat on Friday.
Maqsood’s knock included ten boundaries and four sixes as he helped Assarain post a challenging total of 232 in 46.2 overs. The other major contributor was Nadeem, who scored 45. Ahmed Fayyaz Butt led the bowling honours with four wickets while Sanuth Mohamed Ebrahim bagged three wickets.
Opener Khawar Ali led the chase for Enhance with a run-a-ball 88 punctuated with nine fours and three sixes. Enhance was cruising at one stage as it reached 158 for three.
However, Nadeem sent back Khawar in the 31st over, the first of his three wickets, to trigger the slide. Mehran Khan’s quickfire 43 took Enhance closer to victory but Vinukumar's late spell saw Enhance bowled out for 209 in 46th over.
Brief scores: Assarain 232 all out in 46.2 overs (Maqsood 102, Nadeem 45; Butt 4-36, Ebrahim 3-19) beat Enhance 209 all out in 45.3 overs (Khawar 88, Mehran 43; Vinukumar 4-7, Nadeem3-47).
Other results: A Division: IT Works 142 all out in 42.2 overs (Jibran Yousuf 32, Hassan M 29; Asim Kamal 3-20, Tauseef Ahmed 3-28, Muzammil Ilyas 3-34) lost to Salman Stores 144-7 in 32.1 overs (Asgar Shaikh 32, Muhammed Azeem 23 n.o.; Amir Hussain 2-41, Fawad Ali 2-47).
B Division: SARCO 213-8 in 30 overs (Ajay Menon 55 n.o., Pradeep Salian 49; Satnam Singh 3-19, Asif al Balushi 2-31, Aroan Dadyus 2-38) defeated Zawawi Powertech Engineering 69 all out in 15.3 overs (Zahid Hafiz 6-14, Rakesh Patel 2-18).
White Lotus International 225-7 in 30 overs (Shuaib Ismail al Balushi 107, Muhammed Nadeem Ashaq 84; Shameer Kariadan 3-35, Shaidh K 2-44) beat FAP UTSC 205 all out in 28.2 overs (Faleel Thailakandy 48, Jaleel Mahmood 40).