September 25, 2014

Karachi Public, Behhbud triumph in HBL Inter-Schools cricket


Pakistan News &  Features Services

Karachi Public School and Behbud Boys Secondary School overpowered their respective rivals in the league matches of the HBL Inter-Schools Cricket Tournament 2014. 

Karachi Public School overwhelmed Happy Home School by 10 wickets in their Group F encounter at the Hussain Lawai Naya Nazimabad Stadium while Behbud School defeated Foundation Public School by four wickets at the Karachi Gymkhana Cricket Ground. 

The tournament is being organized by the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA) and a total of 32 teams, including a couple of outfits selected by HBL on the basis of open trials, are participating in the event which will conclude in November. 

Karachi Public School’s medium-pacer Abdul Rafay produced a sensational spell of seven for 14 off eight overs to send Happy Home School tumbling to 45 all out in 18.5 overs. His new ball partner Musab Wasim (2-14) also bowled well as their opponents lost their last nine wickets for only 22 after the dismissal of opener Waliuddin (16 off 17 balls) who was the lone batsman to enter double figures. 

The Karachi Public School openers Maruf Abbas (20 off 15 balls) and Ali Tirmizi (11 off 21 balls) knocked off the required runs in just six overs as they won the match with all their 10 wickets and as many as 34 overs to spare. 

There was a closer contest in the other game as Foundation Public School made 150 in 34.3 overs with number three Osama Khan (71 off 117 balls) holding the innings together while leg-spinner Haider Ali (3-33) and medium-pacer Saddam Hussain (2-31) were the pick of the bowlers. 

Set to score 151 in 40 overs, Behbud School lost wickets at regular intervals but they managed to romp home in the 24th over with four wickets in hand. They were helped by fine knocks from opener Farhan Khan (42 off 54 balls) and Haider Ali (27 off 26 balls).

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