Baber Ghazenfer blasted a quickfire unbeaten century to guide Welkin Warriors to a massive 10-wicket victory over CBI in the newly-launched Al Dhaid Invitation T20 Tournament organised by the Sharjah Cricket Council.
In the other matches, Welkin Warriors also recorded a comfortable five-wicket win over UCT while UAE Lions defeated TNS CC by three wickets.
Against CBI, needing 194 to win, Welkin Warriors openers were in a completely different zone particularly Ghazenfer, who dealt only in sixes and boundaries.
He blasted a brilliant 148 not out from just 43 balls of which he scored 142 runs from just fours (7) and sixes (19).
Ikram Rana played the perfect second fiddle as he scored 42 from as many balls consisting of eight boundaries to ensure Welkin Warriors overhauled the target in just 10.5 overs.
Earlier, opener Rejee Mohan hit a 42-ball 72 including 10 boundaries and three sixes and Sajil Balan (37) and Mohd Azam Khan (38) also made significant contributions to ensure CBI reached 193 for five in 20 overs.
In the other match, UCT batting first posted 217 for five in 20 overs. Akbar Ali top scored with 83 from only 42 balls peppered with seven fours and four sixes while Zeeshan Khalid and Mohammed Ajmal hit 44 and 45 from 21 and 18 deliveries respectively.
In reply Welkin CC had another great start with Ikram Rana smashing a 33-ball 65 while Gafoor chipping in with 25. But it was Adil Maloof’s innings of 54 from only 26 balls supported by five boundaries and four sixes that took them closer to the target.
Salem Qadas (26) and Waqas Jutt (24 not out) scored the important runs in the end to overhaul the target.
In another match, UAE Lions defeated TNS CC. Naeem Saiful and Fawad Jaleel claimed three wickets each while Irfan Naseem scored an impressive 62 for the winners.
Brief scores: Welkin Warriors bt CBI by 10 wickets. CBI: 193/5 in 20 overs (Rejee Mohan 72, Sajil Balan 37, Mohd Azam Khan 38; Muzzamil Rizwan 2/17). Welkin Warriors: 194 for no loss in 10.5 overs (Ikram Rana 42 not out, Baber Ghazenfer 148). Man of the match: Baber Ghazenfer.
Welkin Warriors bt UCT by 5 wickets UCT: 217/5 in 20 overs (Akbar Ali 83, Zeeshan Khalid 44, Mohammed Ajmal 45; Abdeel G 2/19). Welkin Warriors: 222/5 in 18 overs (Ikram Rana 65, Gafoor 25, Adil Maloof 54, Salem Qadas 24, Waqas Jutt 24 not out). Man of the match: Rana Ikram.
UAE Lions bt TNS CC by 3 wickets. TNS CC: 191 all out in 18.1 overs (Waseem Anwar 20, Rashid Ali 44, Falak Sher 26, Mohammad Yasir 30; Naeem Saiful 3/40, Fawad Jaleel 3/39, Touqeer Azhar 2/24, Farhan Aslam 2/27). UAE Lions: 193/7 in 19.4 overs (Irfan Naseem 62, Khurram Bari 33, Sohib Khan 24, Amjad 28 not out). Man of the match: Irfan Naseem.