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EMERALD ASHES won the 1st Match of on going Al Turki Super Cup T20 against Al Bawardi CC by 37 Runs

Emerald Ashes won the toss and elected bat first. Rajesh Radhakrishnan and Kishor Rajan open the innings in an awesome style. It was absolutely treat to watch. Both Rajesh and Kishor was in a good mood and they were hitting brutally all the bowlers of Al Bawardi at all the areas. Kishor playing for Emerald after a long gap and shows his class and power of hitting and made a class half century ( 51 from 36 balls )with the help of 5 fours and 2 huge sixes.

Rajesh was really brutal and hitting sixes and fours in good style. He made an outstanding remarkable 100 from 38 balls. Both Rajesh and Kishor made a huge partnership of 205 Runs in just 15.3 overs. Kishor got out in 51 and Rajesh continued his batting and was got out in 146 Runs from just 56 balls with the help of 18 fours and 8 towering sixes. Unfortunately he lost his 150 just four runs behind.

After Kishor & Rajesh got out, Bawardi started attaching and taken quick wickets of Emerald Ashes to stop their run getting and end the innings 243 Runs .

Pick of Wicket of Bawardi –
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Shoaib 4-0-45-2

As everyone knows Bawardi has the capacity to chase huge runs and they have proved this many times in EPCA. Shoaib & Feroz open the innings for Bawardi and they have played fantastic innings and used the power play in their own style. Especially Shoaib was danger in one end.

5th over of Rajesh made a double break for Emerald Ashes. Feroz were bowled and Shaib caught in the mid-wicket region gave Emerald some energy to come back to the game. Ashes made breaks in every interval, only Liyakath shows some explosive batting made 69* from 32 balls.

Well played Bawardi, they tried their best to chase the target but end the inning by scoring 206 Runs.

Pick of Wickets – Rajesh    4-0-43-4

Shanavas 3-0-16-2

Rasheed  4-0-40-1


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On Friday, the 20th of January, at KCC #15, Khobar Blasters CC came in all set to take on Zalmi United CC and to continue their exemplary winning run. KBCC were well prepared to execute their 5th consecutive win in 6 matches.

The match kicked off with KBCC winning the toss and electing to bat. The opening duo of Anfin and Riyas kept the scoreboard ticking at a reasonable rate before the team lost Anfin in the 4th over. Came in, KBCCs master blaster, Kiran Kumar, in the most sensational form of his career, to again build on a big innings as he always does. Irrespective of wickets falling at the other end, Kiran kept the scoreboard moving with his regular boundaries and exceptional running between the wickets. Kumar Das (26) supported well to build a much needed partnership with Kiran, who in due course, completed his 4th century (108 off 90 balls) of the tournament. He was very unlucky to get out trying to up the scoring rate and eventually fell in the 35th over. Ultimately, KBCC ended their innings for 223/10 in 38.4 overs credit to some good bowling by the ZUCC bowlers.
Though the score seemed modest to chase down, KBCC held confidence that the game could be won by the bowlers and exceptional fielding efforts which has been the core of the team. ZUCC were off to an amazing start with Yasir (45) and Saddam (45) taking the score to 99/0 in 14 overs, well set to win the game in no time. KBCC, however, had other plans with Anfin coming in and picking the wicket of Saddam breaking the partnership, depriving the duo of a century stand. The very next ball, Kumar scalped Yasir, depriving both batsmen of their 50s. KBCC then took charge with an impressive comeback by taking regular wicket through some exceptional bowling and fielding; ZUCC witnessing another exceptional bowling performance from the Blasters as was faced by their predecessors. KBCC kept up the reputation of breaking down batting orders by ultimately, scalping Syed Qamar who stood defiant in the middle and pretty much got close to taking the match away. In a very tense finish with ZUCC requiring just 11 from 5 overs and 1 wicket remaining, an excellent running catch by Arafath Hashim, off Jiby, ZUCC were bundled out for 212 in 35.1 overs. Scalps by Kiran (4), Kumar (2). Anfin (1), Kahab (1), Jiby (1) and Arafath (2 catches and a run out) were exceptional during this defense of an arguably modest total.

Khobar Blasters won the game by 11 runs. Kiran Kumar was once again the very deserving Man of the Match, his 4th in 6 matches, for his scintillating all-round performance with a century (108) and 4 wickets





It was a cold Friday morning and Khobar Blasters CC. were all thumbed up and determined to pull up their sleeves for their 4th victory out of 5 matches . The toss was won by Khobar Blasters who elected to bat first. The openers, Jiby Mathew and Anfin gave a good start putting up 64 on the scorecard before Jiby was caught out for 24 in a good one-handed catch by Sohail. Came in the in-form Kiran Kumar all set to stay and score big starting off with two well timed boundaries.  But KBCC soon lost Anfin (31), followed by last game half-centurion Shamnad (13) Tariq (21) and Ajmal (11) trying to raise the scoring rate. Kiran kept one end strong with his solid and classy batting. He was then joined by Elyas (23 n.o) who teamed up with Kiran (95 n.o) and ensured no more wickets were lost and finished the innings with a 6th wicket  partnership of 73 runs at 263/5 in the allotted 40 overs.

Going in to bowl with a reputation of crashing through reputed batting orders, KBCC were determined to repeat the feat here as well. The opening bowlers, Tariq and Noushad ensured the batsmen never got comfortable in scoring and Young Stars CC kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Tariq, with his excellent pace and bounce took 4 wicket while medium pacer Kumar took 2. Kiran cleaned up the middle-lower order with his spin taking 4 wickets, while Anfin and Noushad kept the other end tight with their excellent bowling. Eventually, Yung Stars CC were bundled out for 189 runs in 30 overs giving Khobar Blasters a 74 runs victory,  thereby keeping their 2nd position intact on the points table. Overall, this was an excellent team effort with 4 wins out of 5 matches and looking  forward to many more victories with the grace of Almighty Allah.

The man of the match was adjudged Kiran Kumar for his all-round performance with a blistering 95 and 4-wicket haul








SKFCC beat Kanoo AlDossary by 33 runs in the AlMarkb main league
Winning the toss in the cold and windy morning SKFCC won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Kashaan Raheel and Asif Mughal gave a quick start playing very well in the power play. Kashif Mehar was outstanding with his bowling never giving away easy runs to the SKFCC Openers. However, Kashaan 39 and Asif Mughal 40 put on 79 runs in 11.3 runs and both fell on the same score and the score read as 79/2 in 12.1 Overs. Experienced Waseem Malik and Faraz started to build up the innings slowly, however at the end of 20th Over Faraz (20) had to retire due to severe cramps in his legs. SKFCC were 123 for 2. Irfan Farooqui Joined Waseem Malik and he who is out of touch, showed his glimpses of power hitting scoring 38 in 21 balls and unfortunately he was run out due to misunderstanding. Imran Farooqui coming lower in the batting order fell cheaply, Leaving SKFCC 178/4 in 27 Overs. Waseem and Sohail once again started to rebuild the innings. Waseem who scored a wonderful century against Marooj Rawan fell while trying to accelerate the score board for well compiled 67 runs. Salman is yet to find his touch fell cheaply for 7, However the young fast bowler of SKFCC Bilawal Butt joined Sohail and he having other plans scoring a breezy 24 of 17 and remained unbeaten. Sohail was excellent in running between the wickets building up the partnership and holding one end for SKFCC scored 40. In the bowling department Kashif Mehar was impressive with his spell bowling his 8 overs at the trot for just 38 runs and took the prize wicket of Asif Mughal. Zaigham Abbas was impressive too to take 2 for 42. The rest of the bowlers supported these two.
Replying to the required run rate of 7.25 runs per over, Naheed as usual took off scoring as many as 15 runs in the very first over, thereafter the experienced Asif Mughal and Faraz gave no room for easy runs. Naheed was first to depart scoring 22 runs of faraz. Bilalwal was swinging the balls both ways but was unlucky to get the edges of the batsmen. Nazim was out caught behind of Bilawal. The run machine Munawar joined Kashir Mehar. But Asif Mughal was too good for Munawar who fell cheaply for 11. He was followed by Akhter Mehmood to a wonderful faster one, trapping Akhter plump in front. Faisal Shahzad the talented south paw was impressive with the bat, scoring runs in singles and doubles and was ensuring that Kashif was getting more the strike. AlDossary Kanoo were 143/5 in 20 overs. Kashif struggling with his cramps was unable to bat, he was trapped leg before for 60 of Waseem Malik while trying to play the reverse sweep. Zaigham Abbas joined Faisal and these two were playing were good and kept the score board tickling slowly and steadily within the asking run rate. Once Faisal was out scoring 54 and both the fast bowlers took over and Imran Talib in particular was good to get three wickets of AlDossary Kanoo and they were bundled out of 252 in 36.1 overs.

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Albawardi won against Gladiators by 83 Runs.

Batting first Albawardi posted a total of 269/9 in 40 overs and bowled out Gladiators on 186/9 in 32.1 overs. Albawardi’s batting was powered by a brilliant opening stand between Mohammad Shoaib ( 74 runs from 52 balls) & Feroz Khan (82 runs from 54 balls) in the first 20 overs, The second 20 overs saw the Gladiators bowlers clawing back into the game by removing some quick wickets especially  Talhra Shahit (8-1-45-3) & Saif ur Rahman (8-0-44-3).  But the middle and lower order batsmen especially Baseer Irshad, Sharafat Ahmed & Surakat Ahmed  showed some resistance and contributed well to take Albawardi’s total to 269/9 in 40 overs.

Gladiators going in to chase the total were immediately pushed onto the back foot by some brilliant pace bowling from Mohammad Shoaib (7.1-0-26-3) & Muhsin Khan (7-0-49-2)  and later  Shiyad Mohammed Ali (8-0-42-3) and Raqeeb Hussain (3-0-21-2) continued further. The top scorers for Gladiators were Mohammed Iqbal with a fighting 66 from 70 balls and Talhra Shahit 55 from 37. Gladiators were bowled out on 186/10 in 32.1 overs.

Mohammad Shoaib was adjudged Man Of The Match for his brilliant all-round performance.



Al Markb Main League 40/40 – SAIPEM CC defeated Royal Kashmir CC by 9 wickets in 17.4 Overs.

Saipem secured a convincing 9 wickets win in their first match against Royal Kashmir

MOM’s-Nishant Govindan(107* runs on 70 balls) & Imthi Kangr (75 runs on 35 ball & 5 overs 15 runs 3 wickets)

Match details as follows,,,,,

Early December morning ……cold as it can get with chilled wind freezing anything that it touches…….the only warmth you could feel was in Team Saipem Boiz warming up to take on Royal Kashmir for their first game in Al Markab Main League 2016-17.
It was suppose to be a 40overs contest where both teams bat out a maximum of 40overs but Team Saipem had other plans in mind…….guess it was plan C.

Winning the toss Team Saipem put Royal Kashmir in to bat first. The team brief was quick with Skipper Nishant saying ” Boiz Its cold let’s finish this quick” the instructions were simple no mercy, no retreat let’s do this Saipem way!!

Sarwar Khan was entrusted with the new ball and the call paid off in the very first over as he removed Royal Kashmir opener Junaid. Sharing the new ball at the other end was Mujtaba A.K.A Sunny!! In the winter cold, sun was up but without any warmth or shine……instead it was Sunny who actually shined with removing the other opener in his first over. Sarwar gave Royal Kashmir no chance to regroup by striking again leaving opposition 3 down for just 21 runs.

Shoaib and Yasir tried to stabilize Royal Kashmir Inngs but just when a crucial partnership was building Saipem vice captain Rajeesh Ahmed removed Yasir with deceiving flight and turn. Rehman in his amazing spell of 5 overs gave only 15 runs claiming 3 wickets, ensuring no further potential partnerships to build. Rashid bowled exceptionally well and kept flirting with batsmen’s outside edge by bowling just outside off stump line. Mutti and Akhtar gave good support at the other end. The only considerable resistance from Royal Kashmir was show by Shoaib who worked his way to a well struck 50 under pressure but was eventually trapped by Rajeesh Ahmed who claimed 3 wickets in the match. The passion and flair in Saipem bowling attack wrapped up Royal Kashmir Inngs to a below par total of 189.

Saipem was required to score 190 runs in 40 overs to win. Skipper Nishant went in with Rehman who was already having a good day claiming 3 wickets. Rehman is generally the dominant one in any pairing but then again this day was anything but general. Nishant started sending the ball over the boundary rope from the word go. Playing all sorts of shorts to all parts of ground. From smashing cuts to elegant drives, stunning pulls to stylish and wristy flicks and just when you felt you have seen it all he kept on amazing by hitting a reverse sweep for six. By lunch Saipem was already 70 for nil. Rehman after lunch took over from Nishant and completely dominated Royal Kashmir bowlers. In a particular over bowled by Yasir, Rehman went on to hit 5 consecutive fours.

Nishant and Rehman constructed a massive watch wining partnership of 189 runs. Just when the scores were leveled and Saipem required only 1 run to win Rehman fell after thrashing 75 runs off just 35 balls. Nishant at this stage was unbeaten for 107 runs off 70 balls. In comes Pramod to face just one ball which he elegantly hit away for four to complete a convincing win by 9 wickets in just 17. 4 overs.

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Al Markb Main League 40/40 – SAIPEM CC defeated Team Arabia by 8 wickets in 13.3 overs

Saipem secured a convincing 8 wickets win in their third match against Team Arabia
MOM-Sarwar Khan Arman Khan (82* runs on 44 balls& 4 overs 19 runs 1 wicket)

Match details as follows,,,,,

Behold….!! For I tell you the story of desert cold and the winter wolves.

They say it was the cold of winter that brought the wolves pack to the hunting grounds. Living and hunting in packs their strength was in their unity.


Once they set their eyes on a prey they would maneuver at lightning pace, every member of the pack had a role to play and before the prey could sense danger may be near!! it was all but over…….

Story of Team Saipem playing Al Markab Main League 2016-17 is no different then that of the tale of cold and the winter wolves. After a rough last week, Pack of Saipem was back to the hunting grounds of KCC-4 which they call home.


Winning toss Saipem put Team Arabia in to bat first, the hunt was on!! After what looked like a promising start 44/0 by Alex and Nafzal…..Mutti and Sarwar struck in quick succession sending both openers back to pavilion. Team Saipem found an opening and before the opposition could realize danger may be near!! It was all but over…..

In the absence of Skipper Nishant, VC Rajeesh Ahmed was leading the pack and did a wonderful job. It appeared to be the perfect day for him what ever he touched turned into gold……who ever was brought into attack struck and struck hard. Every member had a role to play just as the winter wolves. Mutti, Sarwar, Rajeesh, Abdual Rehman all claimed a wicket. But it was left arm spinner Akhtar who run through Team Arabia middle order and took 3 crucial wickets. For Team Arabia Nibu showed a lot of courage and character by hanging in there when wickets crumbled at the other end but he soon ran out of partners. Asim, who bowled with great line and length struck twice in 2 balls to bring Team Arabia Innings to an end in just 23.4overs scoring 136runs only.

Team Saipem’s openers came out with a mission and it was to end all as quick as they can. Though Nikesh struck early for Team Arabia claiming 2 wickets but Sarwar and Ameen made sure that must remain about it and removed all hopes if there were any in Team Arabia’ camp of further fortunes. Where Ameen scored 29 not out ensuring no further surprises, Sarwar scored an unbeaten 82 runs off just 44 balls hitting 16 piercing fours (16×4) making sure it was all over in a flash. Saipem won by 8 wickets chasing down 137 in just 13.3overs. Another convincing win for Team Saipem this winter or one may say a show of total dominance just as the winter wolves……


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