Pakistan School & College reach semis Kuwait U-18 school cricket

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 2: In an exciting match, Pakistan School & College, Salmiya overpowered the talented bunch of Future Star cricket academy team to reach the semi-final of the ongoing Gulf Four U-18 cricket tournament organized by Kuwait Cricket Under the auspices of ACC development program. Pakistan School & College captain Abdul Jabbar called the coin correctly and decided to bowl first. Devastating fast bowling by Nidal accounted for both the Future star openers but the talented Zakharia Liaqat Ali and dependable Future star captain Ali Zaheer slowly build up the total to 79 when Ali Zaheer’s sudden rush of blood saw him deceived by a beauty of the delivery from Abdul Jabbar and wicket keeper did the rest. Zakharia’s innings was a stamp of a class as he on drove and pulled with authority to score a solid 49 runs with 2 sixes and 4 hits to the fence. Mustaq played a polishing innings of 20 to take Future Star total to 112 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs. Nidal 2-13 & Abdul Wahab 2-21 were the pick of Pakistan School & College bowling.

Stocky Abdul Wahab and hard hitting opener Qasim opened the innings for Pakistan School & College and in the second over, Qassim was well caught at deep third man for 1. Thereafter, Abdul Jabbar & Abdul Wahab combined to play quality cricket as the duo excelled in their running between the wickets and punched with awesome power to post a century partnership to notch up victory in the 15th over. Abdul Wahab clouted two huge sixes & 3 fours to remain unbeaten with a gritty 49 runs while the stylish Abdul Jabbar played an elegant knock of 44 runs with 5 boundaries. Mustaq & Zakharia took a wicket each for Future Stars academy.
Mohammed Tahir Khan, Director of Future Star Cricket Academy presented the Player of the match trophy to Abdul Wahab of Pakistan School & College for his all round performance with bat & ball. While the match was supervised by Riaz Choudhry and Imran Mustafa.

In the second match Star studded Friends XI yet again displayed their talents to score a comfortable victory over Cricket Coaching club and advanced to the next round. Winning the toss & batting first CCC were soon in trouble as Friends XI fast bowler Salman ran through the top order. Allen with 13 runs & Ilham with 14 runs were the only batsmen to show some resistance as CCC were skittle out for 80 runs. Right arm spinner Ahmed was the pick of the Friends XI bowlers as he spun the ball viciously to bag 4 wickets for 14 runs. Salman bowled well to take 3 for 21 runs.

CCC did well to capture the wicket of Zahid & Nabeel cheaply but Husnain ( 17 runs) and yet another swash buckling innings of 41 runs in 13 balls by Mudassar enabled Friends XI to notch up victory in the 8th over. Mudassar played a cameo innings as he struck 3 huge sixes & three fours to the delight of the spectators and led the team for an emphatic victory. Clive, Andrew & Chris took a wicket each for CCC. Abdul Qayoum and Naimatullah Nadeem were umpires. Iqbal Rajpurkar a senior cricketer of Kuwait handed over player of the Match award to Ahmed of Friends XI for his excellent bowling.


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