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CHAIRMAN XI DOWN ICOC IN A THRILLING FESTIVAL SHOWDOWN

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Captain Fayyaz Hussain (L) of Chairman XI receiving the cup from Nasim Ul Ghani.

RIYADH, Dec. 22 – The Chairman XI emerged victorious by a narrow margin of four runs against ICOC XI at the Sulhay ground in a festival match which was played in the honor of ICC official for the Asia region, Nasim Ul Ghani who visited Riyadh recently.
Large holiday crowd saw Chairman’s captain Fayyaz Hussain won the toss and elected to bat. They made 151 for 8 in the allotted 20-overs. Javed remained 33 not out. Afzal Pasha 23, Saif-ur-Rehman 22, Arshad 17 and Wahab Khan 16 were the other run makers. For the losers, Nazeer captured three wickets for 33. Javed Munawar and Jamel Khan shared two wickets for 22 and 18 runs.
ICOC began well and although they lost only two batsmen, but they managed 147 after the end of their stipulated overs. Arif Mehmood added useful 38 and was unbeaten at the crease. Captain Nadeem Baber made 34, Owais Ahmed 33 and Mustafa Butt 28 not out. Muhammed Aamir and Iftikhar Qureshi picked up a victim each by giving away 30 and 35 runs. Umpires Maqsood and Rehmat Jalil declared Nazeer the man of the match. The best batsmen were Arif Mehmood and Javed. Jameel Khan was the best bowler.
Chief guest, Ghani gave away the awards to the winning team and some deserving individuals based on their performances. The ICC official who left Riyadh after his fact finding tour for Madinah, Yanbu and Jeddah said, that he was surprised to see a large crowd and the great organization here. The sweet memories of this trip would always be remembered by me.
Amongst the other important personalities who graced the occasion are Dr. Saleh Al Othaim, Dr. Saleh Sonbul, Abdul Qadeer Mirza, Jawad Khalifa, Sarwat Pervez, Ejaz Ahmed Choudhary, Kamran Khan, Muhammed Khurshid, Muhammed Aslam, Fazalur Rehman, Tariq Jafri and Sajjad Zaheer.
This festival match was sponsored by Shamshad Ali Siddiqui – Amaq contracting est., Salim Malik – Al Kabeer food, B. L. Vijay – Al Othman Agricultural production and processing establishment displaying their NADA brand products, Rehan Khan – Nivea products, Pepsi Cola, Lahori Khabay, Muhammed Saeed – Sports Ghornatah and Al Injezat (Bugshan).

RECORDS CREATED In a related development, few records were created in the RCL Cup 40-overs tournament when Friends and Pak Shaheen clashed against each other which the former won in the end by 214 runs. Here, for the victors Mirza Saifur Rehman and Afzal Pasha made record partnership of 355 runs. Rehman made 205 with the held of ten sixes and thirteen boundaries. He played beautifully which delighted the crowd. Pasha remained on 150 not out. He hit seventeen boundaries and also played with confidence. The victors made a total of 408 runs. In reply, Pak Shaheen were bundled out for just 144. Abid 52, Anwar 31 and Zulfiqar 22 were amongst the runs. Fayyaz, the captain, captured four wickets and Imran made hattrick by claiming three wickets.

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