By the Grace of Almighty Allah, Eastern Arabia C.C. won their 8th match against Emerald Ashes CC.
Al Markb Main League 40/40
Date – 20/01/2017
A terrific team effort from Eastern Arabia CC was almost enough to see them over the line against Emerald Ashes CC on a cold Friday 20th January 2017.
For much of the day Eastern Arabia CC seemed to be in control of their own destiny. The captain Imran Rasheed who never loses any toss once again won the toss and elected to Ball first. Eastern Arabia missing their pacers had 4 spinners and the only pacers was Mr dependable Muzahir khan who usually bowls in the depth overs had to start with the new ball. There was a breakthrough in the very first over to put Emerald ashes CC straight away on the back foot, and a 2nd too in quick sessions. Sharath and Biju had different plans where they played with steady heads and were all over Eastern Arabia CC bowlers. The score book read at 164/2 in the 20th over and it looked like EACC had to chase a big target and it’s was not looking good. Captain Imran took the responsibility on himself and claimed the much needed breakthrough of Biju and got his team back on track. Then it was never look back for EACC and got Emerald ashes CC all out for 211 in the 30th over.
Imran Rasheed – 3 wickets
Prashantha – 3 wickets
Imran Polali – 2 wickets
EACC started the innings with their every green openers Niyas and Surjith with a bang… but Emerald ashes got rid of the dynamite Surjith soon. Niyaz was then joined by Afwan and both played with ease and before lunch EACC score was 47/1 in the 7th over. Right after lunch Emerald Ashes got a wicket of Niyaz. Emerald Ashes CC were back on track and they grouped and fought hard. Wickets kept falling which was due to some sharp catches by Emerald Ashes CC. Now it was game on for Emerald Ashes.
EACC was reduced to 7 when the score read 121… Then walked in the ever dependable Mr Muzahir khan who batted with great good sense, dispatching the bad balls and picking up singles and a lost cause slowly began to look possible again. Emerald Ashes got the big fish Muzahir (46) out when 11 was required. EACC needed just 11 more runs with just 1 wicket remaining. Ejas and Faizan fighting for the team. Emerald Ashes had their fielder’s right up to cut the singles and attack on the last wicket to clinch the victory… Ejas and Faizan rotated the singles safely and 4 runs were required for victory for EACC and just 1 wicket for Emerald Ashes. “It is never over until it’s over” was the slogan for both the teams… There comes the big shot by the Ejas to clinch the victory for his team…
So, after a disappointing start, the boys turned this game around and ended up playing some good cricket – well done mates.
Result – Eastern Arabia CC won the match by 1 wicket
MOM – Muzahir Khan