TNS CC and UAE Lions made their way into the semifinals posting convincing victories in the newly-launched Al Dhaid Invitation T20 Tournament organised by the Sharjah Cricket Council.
Yasir Mehmood and Faisal Amin scored half centuries as TNS CC posted a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Eids CC.
Batting first, Asghar Khan made a strong start for Eids CC scoring a fine 48, Sangram hit 17 while Majid Bashir cracked 20 as Eids CC posted 150.
Waseem Anwar was the best bowler for TNS CC claiming three wickets while Altaf Raj and M Ahmad claimed two each.
In reply, Yasir and Fahid Amin shared an impressive century stand to guide TNS CC past the target in 12.5 overs.
While Yasir Mehmood hit an unbeaten 36-ball 61, Faisal Amin cracked 60 not out from 27 balls.
In the other match, UAE Lions defeated Taha CC by 10 wickets. Chasing 133 to win, Irfan Naseem fired an unbeaten 74 from just 29 deliveries consisting of nine boundaries and four sixes while Khurram Barvi hit a 29-ball 48 to guide UAE Lions to a brilliant victory.
Earlier batting first, Taha CC top order did not have much to contribute but Ankit Gadia (23) and Adnan Habib (35, 31b, 4×4) shared a crucial contribution before Adnan Ali hit a late 22 off 12 balls to help Taha CC post 132 in 20 overs. M Naeem claimed four wickets.
In the semifinals, UAE Lions will meet Commercial Bank International while Welkin Warriors CC will take on TNS CC at the ground 1 and 2 respectively at Al Dhaid Cricket Village grounds.
Brief scores: TNS CC bt Eids CC by 8 wickets. Eids CC: 150 all out in 20 overs (Asghar Khan 48, Sangram 17; Waseem Anwar 3/29, Altaf Raj 2/23, M Ahmad 2/15). TNS CC: 152/2 in 12.5 overs (Falak Sher 20, Yasir Mehmood 61, Fahid Amin 60). Man of the match: Yasir Mehmood.
UAE Lions bt Taha CC by 10 wickets. Taha CC: 132 all out in 20 overs (Ankit Gadia 23, Adnan Habib 35, Adnan Ali 22; M Naeem 4/14). UAE Lions: 133 for no loss in 10 overs (Irfan Naseem 74 not out, Khurram Barki 48 not out). Man of the match: Irfan Naseem.