MPL Weekend Night - Season 1 final 21st June 2017
UMM AL QUWAIN:
Iconic CC secured a six-wicket victory over Malik Contracting LLC to emerge champions in the MPL Weekend Night-Season 1, organized by the Umm Al Quwain Cricket Club.
The tournament was held under the supervision of the Emirates Cricket Board and played under the auspices of the Ajman Cricket Council and Domestic Cricket Development Committee.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Malik Contracting lost opener Bakhtiyar Khan and Ahsan Ullah Khan for a naught. But Hasnain Shah scored a 19-ball 25 including two boundaries and a six to begin the scoring for Malik Contracting.
Ahsan Ali Abbas scored a steady 31 from as many balls supported by four boundaries while Ihtisham Sadeeq hit a 11-ball 21 containing a boundary and two sixes as Malik Contracting recovered from the poor start.
Fawad Ali smashed a late 20-ball 21 including two boundaries as Malik Contracting achieved 147 before being all out in 20 overs.
For Iconic CC, Joseph James was the key bowler as he scalped four wickets in his four overs giving away 23 runs while Fawad Gafoor and Ahsan Khan supported him claiming two wickets each.
Chasing a challenging target, Junzab Eisar smashed a 14-ball 20 to give Iconic CC a strong start.
Arsalan Rashid's contribution was the most important knock as he cracked a fine 37-ball 50 peppered with five hits to the fence and three over it before Omar Dager (18 not out, 8b, 1x6) and Nadeem Abbas (24 not out, 20b, 2x4) as Iconic CC achieved the target with two balls to spare.
Summarized scores: Iconic CC bt Malik Contracting LLC by 6 wickets. Malik Contracting: 147 all out in 20 overs (Hasnain Shah 25, Ahsan Ali Abbas 31, Ihtisham Sadeeq 21, Fawad Ali 21; Joseph James 4/23, Fawad Gafoor 2/21, Ahsan Khan 2/18). Iconic CC: 149/4 in 19.4 overs (Junzab Eisar 20, Nadeem Abbas 24 not out, Arsalan Rashid 50; Mohammad Amir Shahzad 2/20). Umpires: Mohammad Javid, Kishor Gaire.