Dubai: Touseef Qadri and Touseef Ahmad helped Wombats Cricket Club tame hosts Ocean Fair International by 30 runs in the final to lift the Rons Enviro Cup at the Ocean Fair Sports Club ground in the Dubai Investment Park last weekend.
Opening the innings for Wombats, Qadri carried the bat to hit an unbeaten 75 while their young captain Nael Tanvir and Roshan Khan hit 17 runs each. Though Ocean Fair’s Waheed Ahmad took two wickets for 18 runs and Shafaqat Ali also took wickets for 21 runs along with Raja Waqas, who bagged two for 24. Wombat posed a challenging 135 for six in the allotted 20 overs.
Ocean Fair, who have often chased such scores easily, were bowled out for 105 in just 18.1 overs through Touseef Ahmad’s spell of three for 14, which was well backed by Tashfen Yasin and Abid Nini with two wickets each. Raja Waqas’ fighting 40 runs went in vain as except for Salman Randawa (18), none of the other batsmen rose to the challenge.
Qadri not only bagged the man of the final award but also the man of the tournament prize, while his teammate Adnan Qaseer won the best bowler award. Ocean Fair’s Razwan Khan was adjusted the best batsman of the tournament. Joseph Johan of Rons Enviro Care gave away the prizes.
The Dubai Cricket Counci’s Gold Cup tournament began at the ICC Academy ground through some splendid batting performances. Syed Maqsood of Defenders Cricket Club cracked a whirlwind 106 runs off just 35 balls with eight sixes and a dozen fours. His knock helped Defenders beat Globelink Weststar Shipping by seven wickets. Maqsood made Globelink’s total of 200 for 9 look an easy target and won in 16.3 overs.
Mohammad Boota, who got picked into the UAE team through his consistent form, gave Car Fare Chargers two victories through two half centuries. In the first match, Car Fare defeated Fly Emirates by four wickets through his knock of 71 and in the second match he cracked 54 runs along with Hafeez Kaleem 74 to give his team 66 runs win over Abu Dhabi Gymkhana.