Zaheer Maqsood bowled a brilliant spell and Syed Maqsood achieved a century in a thrilling fashion this time around as United Bank Limited beat G-Force Cricket Academy to register their third victory in the Group C to top the table of the One Stop Tourism 43rd Bukhatir Premier League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium organized by the Sharjah Cricket Council.
After Zaheer Maqsood captured six wickets to reduce G-Force Cricket Academy to a paltry 127, Syed Maqsood who had missed a deserving century by four runs in the first match against Sharjah Cricket Club, achieved his ton hitting a six after the scores were levelled.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, G-Force Cricket Academy Karan Kapur played confidently as he hit two boundaries and three sixes to score 38 from 34 balls.
He also shared a crucial 46-run stand with Hrithik Bhatia (18) for second wicket.
Zaheer Maqsood removed Kapur and then carried on his good work to bowl a fine spell as he ran through the middle and lower order before G-Force Cricket Academy were shot out for a mere 127 in 36.1 overs. D Shekhar (25, 61b, 3×4) and Suhain Thapar (22, 55b, 2×4) were the other batsmen who managed some decent runs.
Zaheer Maqsood bowled 9.1 overs giving away only 24 runs but accounting for six wickets while Usman Saeed claimed two in his four overs conceding just four runs.
Chasing an easy target, Syed Maqsood looked to be in a real hurry to wrap up the match as he dealt mostly in boundaries and sixes.
When Syed Maqsood reached 94 the scores were level and he needed a maximum to achieve his century. He did that to perfection sending the ball over the ropes and also ensuring UBL won the match in style by nine wickets in only 14.3 overs. His 41-ball innings was studded with eight boundaries and nine sixes.
Giving him company was Usman Saeed on 20 not out as the duo shared a 101-run unbeaten partnership for the second wicket.
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: UBL bt G Force Academy by nine wickets. G-Force Cricket Academy: 127 all out in 36.1 overs (Karan Kapur 38, Hrithik Bhatia 18, D Shekar 25, Sushain Thapar 22; Zaheer Maqsood 6/24, Usman Saeed 2/4). UBL: 133 for one in 14.3 overs (Syed Maqsood 100 not out, Usman Saeed 20 not out). Man of the match: Zahe Maqsood.