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Aiko Mobile lift Pakistan Day Cup

Newly branded team dominate seven-a-side tournaments

  • By K.R. Nayar, Chief Cricket Writer
  • Published: 17:52 August 20, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: Aiko Mobile team, formerly known as Massa Cricket team, won the 66th Pakistan Independence Day Cup tournament held at the Seven Seas Sport Club ground in Dubai Investment Park.

Massa team continued their winning run despite the change in their name and stopped Seven Seas by 13 runs in the final. This team has been dominating in tournaments held as part of the celebrations for India’s Independence Day and UAE’s National Day.

Speaking to Gulf News, Tariq Butt, the organiser of these tournaments for over 25 years, said: “Massa has made it a habit of winning these tournaments. They had won the India Independence Day Cup and UAE National Day Cup and have clinched a hat-trick.” This tournament was held under the auspices of the Dubai Cricket Council with sponsorship support from Atif Waheed of Golden Line and Freddy Sidhwa of Seven Seas.

Aiko has been specialists in seven-a-side format, which is followed in these tournaments. In the final, Aiko Mobiles scored 81 for 2 in the five overs and restricted Seven Seas to 68 for 2. The star players for Aiko were their batsmen Hazerat Hussain and Hasnain Raza who both hit 30 runs each.

Earlier, Aiko reached the final beating Careem Club by 61 runs while Seven Seas stopped Enoc by 45 in the semifinal.

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Brief scores

Semifinals: Aiko Mobiles bt Careem CC by 61 runs. Aiko Mobiles 93 for 2 in 5 overs (Waheed Ahmed 31rtd,, Amjad 31rtd, Farid 2 for 8). Careem CC 32 in 5 overs.

Seven Seas Strikers bt ENOC by 45 runs. Seven Seas 71 for 1 in 5 overs.(Qader 30 rtd, Shabir 15) ENOC 25 in 3 overs (Noman 14; Shafaqat 3 for 5, Sharaz 2 for 10).

Final: Aiko Mobiles bt Seven Seas by 13 runs Aiko Mobiles 81 for 2 in 5 overs (Richie 30 rtd, Yousif 30 rtd). Seven Seas 68 for 2 in 5 overs. (Hazerat Hussain 20, Hasnain Raza 20; Habib 2 for 10).

Individual awards: Best bowler: Shafaqat (Seven Seas), best batsman: Waheed Ahmed (Aiko Mobiles), Man of the tournament: Qadir Nawaz (Seven Seas).

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