New Medical Centre win UAE's oldest cricket tournament

Ijaz brothers help their team defeat Fly Emirates in the final of the 34th edition of Bukhatir A division league.

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Members of the New Medical Centre team with Waleed Bukhatir, chairman, Al Dhaid Cricket Village, and officials.
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Sharjah: New Medical Centre (NMC) have emerged as the champions of the UAE's oldest domestic cricket tournament through the heroics of twin brothers Asim Ijaz and Atif Ijaz.

In the final of the 34th edition of the Bukhatir League A division tournament, NMC defeated favourites Fly Emirates by two wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The tournament lived up to its reputation of producing exciting finishes.

Chasing a moderate total of 159 runs set by Fly Emirates, NMC fought hard to reach the target, losing eight wickets in 47.3 overs.

Left-arm spinner Atif Ijaz, wrecked the strong Emirates batting line up taking four wickets for 12 runs while Asim Ijaz hit a 51 to ensure NMC's victory.

Emirates' Khurram Khan, who won the best batsman award, top scored with an elegant 58, but his knock was in vain.

Summarised scores: New Medical Centre beat Fly Emirates by two runs: Fly Emirates 159 in 41.3 overs (Khurram Khan 58, Amjad Javed 32, Mohammad Iqbal 26; Atif Ijaz 4 for 12, Shadeep Silva 2 for 10, Saqib Ali 2 for 35, Manjula Guruge 2 for 45) NMC 163 for 8 in 47.3 overs (Asim Ijaz 51, Niresh Fernando 31, Indika Sampath 28, Arshad Ali 3 for 21, Sameer Zia 2 for 30). Man of the Match: Asim Ijaz .

Player of the Tournament: Amjad Javed. Best Batsman: Khurram Khan.

Best Bowler: Jaffar Amir.

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