Junaid, Tusif, Ashfaq, Rizwan, Furqan excel


JEDDAH — Butt Sports will clash with Center System Group in the final of the Ace Travel Saudi Cup, sponsored by Ace Travel Group and organized by Jeddah Cricket Association (JCA) under auspices of Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation.

In the semifinals, Butt Sports narrowly beat Al Burj by 12 runs while CSG thrashed ICAD by 71 runs. Butt Sports led by Muhammad Junaid aggressive 62 and Tusif patient 51 reached a respectable total of 192 for 6. However, Al Burj fought hard with Ashfaq’s knock of 50 in 32 balls while Zeeshan chipped in with 29 but eventually Butt Sports bowler Abdul Rahman tightened the grip with a spell of 2 for 41 to give his team a narrow win by 12 runs and a place in the final.

In the other low-scoring semifinal encounter CSG were bundled out for 161 in 19 overs, Mohsin and Ateeq bowled well in tandem picking up 3 wickets each, only Abdul Malik (48) and Jahangeer (46) offering resistance. In turn ICAD themselves were bundled out for a paltry 90 as Rizwan mesmerized them with penetrative spell of 4 for 8 with good support from Furqan and Khalid picking up 3 and 2 wickets respectively to give CSG 71 runs win and place in the final.

Butt Sports beat Al Burj by 12 runs

Butt Sports 192 for 6 20 overs Muhammad Junaid 62 (38b), Tusif Ashraf 51 (40b), Irfan 22, Atta 2 for 42. Al Burj 180 for 7 20 overs Ashfaq 50 (32), Zeeshan 29, Abdul Rahman 2 for 41.

CSG beat ICAD by 71 runs

CSG 161 all out Abdul Malik 48, Mohd Jahangeer 46, Ateeq 3 for 28, Mohsin 3 for 29, Tayabullah 2 for 50. ICAD 90 all out Waqas 26, Mohammad Rizwan 4 for 8, Furqan 3 for 29, Khalid 2 for 20.


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Cup semifinals

Earlier Al Burj, CSG, Butt Sports and ICAD entered the semifinal of Ace Travel Saudi Cup, sponsored by Ace Travel Group and organized by Jeddah Cricket Association (JCA). In the quarterfinals CSG beat United XI in an exciting encounter by 16 runs, Butt Sports had the better of Chinar beating them by 4 wickets, Al Burj cruised past ARM United with a 5 wicket win while ICAD had an easy win over Kashmir Stags by 58 runs.

CSG Beat United XI by 16 runs

CSG 197 for 8 20 overs. United XI 181 for 8 20 overs.

Butt Sports Beat Chinar by 4 wickets

Chinar 185 for 6 20 overs. Butt Sports 186 for 6 19.4 overs.

ICAD beat Kashmir Stags by 58 runs

ICAD 182 for 6 20 overs. Kashmir Stags 124 all out

ARM United 220 for 8 20 overs. Al Burj 163 for 5 13 overs. — SG

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