Globelink Weststar CC made a prolific start to their campaign posting a highly impressive victory against General Petroleum and in the process shattering a few records in a Group D match of the One Stop Tourism 43rd Bukhatir Premier League organized by Sharjah Cricket Council.
As many as three centuries were scored as Globelink Weststar plundered a mammoth 518 for four in 50 overs to light up the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and ensuring they defeated General Petroleum by a massive 389 runs. This was also the highest total, a domestic record, scored in Bukhatir League. The previous best was 465 runs scored by One Stop Tourism in 2015. The margin of victory of 389 runs was also a record.
It was a dream toss to win for Globelink Weststar despite the early loss of Vineeth Viswanathan for just 11.
What happened there after was only a sight to behold. Renjith Mani and Jiju Janardhanan got into a total aggressive mood as they hammered the General Petroleum bowlers all around the park.
Both dealt in boundaries and sixes as the duo smashed 172 runs just in boundaries and sixes during their brilliant 211-run association for the second wicket.
Janardhanan finally succumbed hitting a 65-ball 112 peppered with 11 boundaries and five sixes.
Anfal PM who joined Mani further made the bowlers look ordinary as they continued the scoring spree. This third-wicket partnership was worth 124 runs when Mani got out on 157. His 115-ball innings was filled with 20 hits to the fence and three over it.
At this stage Globelink Weststar were 393 in 38.3 overs and a 500 plus total never looked a possibility.
But the way Subin Sulaiman along with Anfal controlled the proceedings meant Globelink Weststar amassed 518 for four in 50 overs.
Anfal remained unbeaten on 128 from just 70 balls consisting of eight boundaries and seven sixes while Sulaiman hit 50 not out from 22 deliveries including five fours and three sixes.
For General Petroleum the chase was as good as over from the start and the heavy target put immense pressure. Wickets fell at quick succession as General Petroleum were shot out for just 129 in 33 overs. Rafiullah Rahimi (24), Ghiyas Uddin (26) and Arif Hadawal (26) were the only batsmen who managed decent scores.
For the winners, Sharan Pinto and Anfal PM bagged three wickets each.
The One Stop Tourism 43rd Bukhatir Premier League is sponsored by One Stop Tourism and Delhi Nihari, Cool and Cool and General Petroleum are the associate sponsors.
Brief scores: Globelink Weststar bt General Petroleum by 389 runs. Globelink
Weststar: 518/4 in 50 overs (Renjith Mani 157, Jiju Janardhanan 112, Anfal PM 128 not out, Amjad Javed 17, Subin Sulaiman 50 not out; Arif Hadawal 2/105). General Petroleum: 129 all out in 33 overs (Rafiullah Rahimi 24, Ghiyas Uddin 26, Arif Hadawal 26; Sharan Pinto 3/15, Anfal PM 3/8). Man of the match: Anfal PM.