Defenders CC put up a great show as they defeated Unicon Real Estate by 54 runs in the 9th Al Dhaid Gold Cup Tournament 2016/17 at the Al Dhaid Cricket Village. The tournament is organized by Sharjah Cricket Council.

In a match reduced to 30 overs due to fog, put in to bat first, Defenders CC made a smooth start sharing 32 runs for the first wicket, thanks to openers Saif Ullah (13, 10b, 2×4) and Waseem Rana (17, 19b, 3×4).

Sheraz Sarfraz played a patient 33 from 35 deliveries including two boundaries before a few wickets fell in quick succession.

But Mahammmad Ullah fired three sixes and six boundaries to hit an excellent 63 from 54 balls while Ali Asad remained unbeaten on 49 from just 22 balls blasting as many as six sixes. Muhammed Tauqir chipped in with quick 17 as Defenders CC posted 219 for eight in 20 overs.

For Unicon Real Estate Waqar Ali bagged three wickets while Saif Ullah took two.

In reply, Unicon Real Estate got off to an exciting start with Naseeb Ullah Khan and Sajjad Ahmed making a fast start. The duo quickly added 47 runs as Naseeb Ullah Khan hit a 34-ball 35 containing five boundaries and Sajjad Ahmed scoring 23 from 13 balls.

Abdul Rehman controlled the proceedings to score a superb 66 from 56 balls including four boundaries and a six but Mohammad Tauqir came into the attack and bowled a dream spell to claim five wickets as he ripped through the middle and lower order as Unicon Real Estate were all out for 165 in 27.1 overs.

Ali Asad and Mohammad Bilal claimed two wickets each.

Brief scores: Defenders CC bt Unicon Real Estate by 54 runs. Defenders CC: 219/8 in 30 overs (Saif Ullah 13, Waseem Raja 17, Sheraz Sarfraz 33, Mahammad Ullah 63, Muhammed Tauqir 17, Ali Asad 49 not out; Waqar Ali 3/36). Unicon Real Estate: 165/10 in 27.1 overs (Naseeb Ullah Khan 35, Sajjad Ahmed 23, Abdul Rehman 66, Abdullah Azhar 14, Farooq Omer 15; Muhammed Tauqir 5/30, Ali Asad 2/27, Muhammad Bilal 2/30). Man of the match: Ali Asad. Umpires: Asif Iqbal and Hamid Mukhtar.