Karachi: Omar Associates and Moin Khan Academy will meet in the Southern Zonal final of the 16th National Seniors Cup Cricket Tournament 2014 here on Sunday, April 27 at National Stadium.
The winners of the Southern Zone final will qualify for the national final of the tournament due to be staged in Lahore next month. The annual tournament, organized by the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA), offers lucrative cash awards of Rs 805,000.
In the zonal semifinals, Omar Associates thrashed Hyderabad by eight wickets while Moin Khan Academy edged out Karachi Friends by nine runs after a thrilling encounter.
The spin duo of Nadeem Musa and Saifullah Magsi shared eight wickets equally between them to help Omar Associates restrict Hyderabad to only 155 runs in 23.5 overs. Opener Abdul Rahim batted well for Hyderabad scoring 68 off 49 balls. Arshad Khan also batted well for the side scoring 42 off 37 balls.
The 124-run opening partnership between Sajid Ali, who scored 56 off 27 balls and Jaffer Qureshi, who also batted impressively scoring 72 off 40 balls, helped Omar Associates easily reach the target in just 14.3 overs.
Meanwhile, the other semifinal was a neck and neck battle. Moin Khan Academy batted first and put on board 216-6 in allotted 25 overs. Opener Asif Siddiqui batted well for the side and scored 66 off 47 balls. Karachi Friends’ left-arm spinner Yahya Toor bowled well for the side capturing a four-wicket haul.
Opener Irfan Ali started the run chase impressively scoring 93 off 53 balls. However, his other teammates failed to emulate his impressive showings and the side eventually was restricted to 207-7 in 25 overs. Skipper Nadeem Khan captured a three-wicket haul for the victors in the match.
Earlier in their last league matches on Saturday, Moin Khan Academy blasted Gold Bridge Media by 86 runs while Karachi Friends booked a spot in the semifinals by surprising Omar Associates by five wickets.
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