October 17, 2014

HBL Greens, Karachi Public School sparkle in HBL Inter-Schools cricket


Pakistan News & Features Services

HBL Schoolboys Greens and Karachi Public School overwhelmed their respective rivals in the league matches of the HBL Inter-School Cricket Tournament 2014, being organized by the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA).

HBL Schoolboys Greens blasted City School North Nazimabad by a staggering margin of 272 runs in their Group H encounter at the Hussain Lawai Naya Nazimabad Stadium while Karachi Public School whipped Rangers Public School by nine wickets in their Group F fixture at the KCCA Stadium. 

Put into bat, HBL Schoolboys Greens posted the highest score of the tournament. They became the first team, after 26 matches, to cross the magical figure of 300. They finished with an outstanding score of 347 for six in the allotted 40 overs. 

They went from strength to strength after the flying start provided by openers Syed Ameen (52 off 54 balls) and Mohammad Usman (33 off 35 balls). Number three Aurangzeb Ahmed played the most enterprising knock of the day as he smashed 10 boundaries in his 92 off 71 balls. He was adjudged Man of the Match. 

Tausiq Ahmed’s unbeaten 48 off 23 balls took the score into astronomical proportions while Aamir Malik (25 off 31 balls) and Nadir Awan (32 off 19) also contributed their bit. The total could have been even taller without the effort of medium-pacer Maaz Ahmed (3-44). 

City School North Nazimabad collapsed to 75 all out in 24.4 overs while chasing a huge target of 348 in 40 overs. The HBL Schoolboys Greens spin trio of Syed Ameen (3-5), Nadir Awan (2-8) and Zohaib Masood (2-13) bowled tightly and effectively which didn’t allow any batsman to settle down.

Karachi Public School’s medium-pacer Abdur Rafay returned the exceptional figures of five for 26 to send Rangers Public School crashing to 152 all out in 37.5 overs despite Saad Ansari’s 66 off 89 balls. 

Medium-pacer Furqan Siddiqi (2-34) and leg-spinner Ali Tirmizi (2-39) also chipped in with useful wickets to sustain the pressure as Rangers Public School could not play out its quota of 40 overs. 

The 106-run unbroken second wicket stand between opener Ali Tirmizi (40 off 80 balls) and Sameer Shaikh (67 off 85 balls) enabled Karachi Public School to reach the target of 153 in 30.5 overs with nine wickets in hand. 

The Man of the Match award was given to Abdur Rafay for his five-wicket haul which helped his team in bowling the opponents out for a below-par total on a good batting surface.

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Smashing wins for HBL Whites, Beaconhouse NN in HBL Inter-Schools cricket


Pakistan News & Features Services

HBL Schoolboys Whites and Beaconhouse School North Nazimabad recorded emphatic victories over their respective rivals in the league matches of the HBL Inter-Schools Cricket Tournament 2014, being organized by the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA). 

HBL Schoolboys Whites hammered Ladybird Grammar School by nine wickets in their Group A encounter at the KCCA Stadium while Beaconhouse School North Nazimabad overwhelmed St Patrick’s High School by 219 runs in their Group E clash at the TMC Ground. 

The HBL Schoolboys Whites spin trio of Mohammad Zahid (4-27), Naved Ahmed (3-9) and Ashraf Khan (2-26) sent Ladybird Grammar School, who batted first after winning the toss, tumbling to 117 all out in 35.4 overs. 

Ladybird Grammar School crashed after a solid 47-run opening partnership between Waleed Farooqui (23 off 42 balls) and Mohammad Kumail (17 off 40 balls). They lost the plot after the introduction of spin as the last nine wickets fell for only 70 runs. 

Set to score 118 in 40 overs, HBL Schoolboys Whites got off to a spectacular start with opener Waleed Khan hitting three sixes and eight fours in his breezy unbeaten 66 off 38 balls. His opening partner, Owais Butt (19 off 16 balls), was the only batsman to be dismissed as the target was achieved in just 12.4 overs. Off-spinner Mohammad Zahid was declared Man of the Match for his four-wicket haul. 

The other game, between Beaconhouse School North Nazimabad and St Patrick’s High School, also turned out to be a one-sided affair with an incredible margin of 219 runs separating the two sides. 

Beaconhouse School North Nazimabad, who elected to bat after calling correctly, capitalized on the flying start provided by their top-order batsmen to post a formidable total of 247 for eight in the allotted 40 overs. 

Openers Ahmed Imam (68 off 80 balls) and Izaan Waqar (21 off 34 balls) put on 69 for the first wicket and the ante was upped by number three Hasan Khan (38 off 23 balls). They could have built an even bigger total but the damage was controlled in the late overs by the trio of medium-pacer Salman Khan (3-40), leg-spinner Zuhaib Jamal (2-16) and off-spinner Jamal Rizvi (2-42). 

Chasing a mammoth target of 248 in 40 overs, St Patrick’s High School crumbled against off-spinner Shayan Khan (4-4), adjudged Man of the Match, and left-arm spinner Hasan Khan (2-3) to be routed for a paltry 28 in 14.1 overs.

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