Karachi: Golden Eagles and SPM Stags cruised into the Punjab regional final of the 16th National Seniors Cup Cricket Tournament 2014 after defeating Aftab Qarshi XI and Chaudhary Sports respectively in the semifinals in Lahore.
The regional final, between Golden Eagles and SPM Stags, will be played on May 25 and its winners will take on the southern region champions, Omar Associates, in the final on June 1. The event is being jointly sponsored by Arif Habib Corporation Limited and Omar Associates (Pvt) Limited.
Golden Eagles overpowered Aftab Qarshi XI by six wickets at the Aligarh Ground while SPM Stags overcame Chaudhary Sports by seven wickets at LCCA Cricket Ground.
Batting first, Aftab Qarshi XI was bowled out for 228 in 29.2 overs with Qadeer Khan (56), Farooq Shahzad (42), Sohail Idrees (28) and Faraz Hussain (26) being top scorers for the side. Shahid Anwar displayed lethal bowling show and captured a four-wicket haul giving away 32 runs. Javed Hayat also bowled well for the side grabbing three wickets for 44 runs. Chaudhary Tajammul took two wickets while Shan Shahid and Sajjad Akbar captured one wicket each.
Golden Eagles reached the target of 229 for the loss of four wickets in 26.2 overs. Mohammad Shahbaz led the victory charge with an impressive knock of 108 laced with a six and 18 fours. Shahid Anwar (41), Naseer Ahmad (37), Salman Khan (16) and Nadeem Farooqi (17 not out) also contributed in the team’s run chase.
In the other semifinal, Chaudhary Sports was bundled out after they posted 211 runs in 30 overs. Kashif Latif (45) top scored for the side while Abid Sheikh (30), Khalid Habib (36) and Mohammad Naeem (30) also made notable contributions. Zahid Khan bowled impressively hauling four wickets for 34 while Shakeel Malik also bowled up to the mark with figure of 3-24. Zahoor Elahi (2-30), Imtiaz Tarar (1-27) and Rehan Rauf (1-45) were the other wicket takers for the side.
SPM Stags raced to the target of 212 in 25.1 overs, losing only three of their wickets. Kamran Khan (60), Karamat Ali (48), Zahoor Elahi (46 not out) and Zahir Umar (39 not out) batted brilliantly while Mohammad Sami (1-30) and Raza Khan (1-34) were the only wicket-takers for Chaudhary Sports.
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