United Bank Limited and Skybridge Freight Solutions emerged the clear winners on the 11th day of the 29th Ramadan Rathath MF Cup 2017, organized by the Sharjah Cricket Club.
While UBL eased past Metal Plast by seven wickets, Skybridge Freight Solutions outlasted Bukhatir XI by 64 runs.
At the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, electing to bat first, Metal Plast were left ruing their decision as they lost two quick wickets. Dilhara Lokuheltige showed some respite with a 21-ball 24 consisting of two boundaries and a six but wickets kept tumbling at the other end Metal Plast were left tottering at 72 for nine. Thanks to a final wicket partnership of 44 runs between Dinesh (18 not out, 15b, 2×4) and Madhu Shanka (17 not out, 12b, 3×4), Metal Plast managed to reach 116 for nine in 20 overs.
Mujahid Amin and Zaheer Maqsood were the star bowlers for UBL claiming three wickets each while Mohammad Boota bagged two.
Chasing a relatively easier target, UBL powered past the target in just 12.4 overs thanks to a brilliant unbeaten 50 from Mohammad Boota. His 28-ball innings which consisted of two hits to the fence and five over it, earned him the man of the match award.
Usman Saeed gave him company and the duo shared an unbroken 81-run stand of the fourth wicket to help UBL achieve 121 for three.
Syed Maqsood scored a 10-ball 20 earlier in the innings.
In the other match, batting by choice, Skybridge Freight Solutions got off to a rousing start with opener Fawad Jalil firing a 42-ball 75 peppered with five boundaries and as many sixes.
Naveed Mohsin blasted an unbeaten 60 from only 32 deliveries including three fours and five sixes as Skybridge Freight Solutions posted an impressive 191 for four in 20 overs.
In reply to a tough target, Bukhatir XI lost three wickets for 33 runs with only CP Rizwan showing some resistance with a gritty 26 off 16 deliveries.
Zawar Fareed (25, 29b, 1×4) and Adnan Mufti (35, 21b, 1×4, 4×6) stitched together a vital partnership of 61 runs for the fourth wicket but both ended up being run out.
Once they fell none of the other batsmen could prevail as Bukhatir XI were bundled out for 127 in 17.5 overs.
For the winners, Saqib Manshad and Mohammad Tariq each claimed three wickets.
While Rathath MF is the main sponsor Rainbow hospitality is the associate sponsor.
Brief scores: United Bank Limited bt Metal Plast by 7 wickets. Metal Plast: 116/9 in 20 overs (Dilhara Lokuheltige 24; Mujahid Amin 3/19, Zaheer Maqsood 3/11, Mohammad Boota 2/21). UBL: 121/3 in 12.4 overs (Syed Maqsood 20, Mohammad Boota 50 not out, Usman Saeed 32 not out; Madhu Shanka 2/18). Man of the match: Mohammad Boota
Skybridge Freight Solutions bt Bukhatir XI by 64 runs. Skybridge Freight Solutions: 191/4 (Fawad Jalil 75, Naveed Mohsin 60). Bukhatir XI: 127 all out in 17.5 overs (CP Rizwan 26, Zawar Fareed 25, Adnan Mufti 35; Saqib Manshad 3/27, Mohammad Tariq 3/28). Man of the match: Fawad Jalil.