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KARACHI: Opener Rizwan Hussain struck a 93-ball century on Saturday as State Bank of Pakistan SBP) sneaked into the last-four stage of the Patron’s Trophy Grade-II cricket tournament after sealing a five-wicket win against K-Electric.

Faced with permutations on the last day of the league round, SBP edged out Navy for the top spot in Pool ‘A’ after Omar Associates thwarted Navy’s victory charge to secure a draw.

K-Electric had been the dominant department in the game at the SBP Sports Complex after taking a substantial 140-run lead on the first innings. But a second-innings collapse triggered by gangling fast bowler Ataullah (6-65) saw K-Electric being bowled out for 129 after resuming day three at 110-7.

Requiring 270, SBP romped home in 53.5 overs as Rizwan blasted 15 boundaries and three sixes in his knock of 105 to give the bankers six precious points which put them on top of the standings with 31.

Navy just needed to beat Omar Associates but their hopes were dashed at the NBP Sports Complex when Usman Khan led a tremendous rearguard with a defiant knock of 102 off 212 balls with 17 fours and a brace of sixes after his team resumed at 149-4.

Omar Associates eventually reached 309-6 before skipper Mohtashim Ali declared the innings to set Navy a staff target of 297.

In the end Navy had to battle for survival as they struggled to 234-8 with opener Hamza Ghanchi contributing 88.

Navy earned just three points to finish with 30.

Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL), who were already assured of their semi-final qualification, celebrated their fifth straight success in Pool ‘C’ when they thrashed CDA by 3-4 runs at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.

Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and Ghani Glass clinched the remaining two places from other groups.

KPT rode on opener Anas Mahmood’s unbeaten 106 (109 balls, 15 boundaries) to crush Pakistan Air Force (PAF) by eight wickets at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot to top Pool ‘B’ ahead of Port Qasim with 32 points.

Ghani Glass booked their spot by handing Railways a 10-wicket drubbing at the Railways Stadium in Lahore to finish with 27 points atop Pool ‘D’.

Scores and results on Saturday (final day of three):

Pool ‘A’:

At SBP Sports Complex, Karachi: State Bank beat K-Electric by five wickets.

K-ELECTRIC 302-8 declared in 79 overs (Umair Masood 89, Faraz Ali 82, Hassaan Khan 55, Hamza Khan 39; Umaid Asif 4-51, Daniyal Rajput 2-17) and 129 in 36.4 overs (Hassaan Khan 46, Asad Raza 24; Ataullah 6-35, Umaid Asif 2-31); STATE BANK 162 in 59.2 overs (Israrullah 59, Daniyal Rajput 33; Asad Raza 4-57, Adil Ijaz 2-37) and 270-5 in 53.5 overs (Rizwan Hussain 105, Israrullah 48 not out, Umar Waheed 38, Daniyal Rajput 32 not out; Asad Raza 2-37, Mohammad Asif 2-57).

At NBP Sports Complex, Karachi: Match drawn.

OMAR ASSOCIATES 170 in 70.1 overs (Fouz-ul-Hasan 44, Waqar Ali 28; Raza-ul-Hasan 6-64, Hafiz Asad Baig 2-2) and 309-6 declared in 107 overs (Usman Khan 102, Mahmood Ali 57, Mohammad Ali 43, Fouz-ul-Hasan 32, Zeeshan Malik 27, Danish Aziz 22; Hafiz Asad Baig 4-59; NAVY 183 in 58.1 overs (Jahangir Javed 50, Hamza Ghanchi 26, Hafiz Asad Baig 26; Wasim Ahmed 24; Danish Aziz 5-49, Zainullah 2-54) and 234-8 in 44 overs (Hamza Ghanchi 88, Wasim Ahmed 37, Babar Hussain 30; Nasir Khan 3-46, Usman Khan 3-50, Danish Aziz 2-80).

At UBL Sports Complex, Karachi: Match drawn.

CAA 226 in 63.5 overs (Yasir Mushtaq 73, Mohammad Afzal 46, Basit Ali 38 not out, Ashar Qureshi 35; Jalat Khan 4-59, Ata-ur-Rehman 3-57, Izzat Agha 2-57) and 278 in 57.4 overs (Yasir Mushtaq 63, Mohammad Arif 45, Shiraz Ali 48, Mohammad Afzal 37, Abid Ali 24; Atta-ur-Rehman 3-56, Jalat Khan 3-72, Izzat Agha 2-76) ; HAIDERI TRADERS 262 in 70.5 overs (Nasir Khan 78, Najeebullah 48, Momin Waqar 35, Izzat Agha 35; Shahid Nadeem 6-33, Basit Ali 2-83) and 195-9 in 72 overs (Syed Ameen 56, Mohammad Raheem 42, Asim Ali 32, Mir Wise Khan 24; M. Usman Usmani 6-65) .

Pool ‘B’:

At Rana Naved-ul-Hasan Academy, Sheikhupura: CandyLand beat Ahmed Glass by one wicket.

AHMED GLASS 189 in 58 overs (Naveed Babar 83 not out, Adnan Rasool 51; Sohaib Khan 3-17, Hussain 2-10, Taimur Talib 2-28, Sanaullah 2-35) and 164 in 46.5 overs (Waqas Ahmed 53, Mohammad Usman 23; Ziaullah 3-25, Sanaullah 3-38, Shoaib Khan 3-41); CANDYLAND 133 in 37.4 overs (Fahad Babar 81; Asfandyar 4-29, Asadullah 4-54) and 221-9 in 64.1 overs (Asad Shoaib 61, Bilal Mirza 28, Hasan Javed 27, Taimur Talib 22, Ziaullah 22, Fahad Babar 20; Asfandyar 5-79, Naveed Babar 2-15).

At Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot: KPT beat PAF by eight wickets.

PAF 272 in 75.5 overs (Mehtab Hussain 78, Mohammad Shahzad 54, Imran Khan 53, Awais Iqbal 34; Rashid Hanif 7-75, Khalid Mahmood 2-68) and 248 in 70.2 overs (Asif Shahzad 74 not out, Mohammad Shahzad 62, Awais Iqbal 54; Khalid Mehmood 4-89, Rashid Hanif 2-22); KPT 342 in 80.1 overs (Nadeem Javed 96, Taimur Ali 62, Ahmed Iqbal 55 not out, Shah Ali Zafar 38, Anas Mahmood 27; Gul Zaman 5-118, Mohammad Amir 3-36) and 179-2 in 29.1 overs (Anas Mahmood 106 not out, Nadeem Javed 58).

Pool ‘C’:

At Army Cricket Ground, Rawalpindi: Army beat OGDCL by 10 wickets.

OGDCL 107 in 49.4 overs (Syed Muzammil Shah 30; Muzaffar Iqbal 8-29) and 232 in 69.4 overs (Waqar Khan 66 not out, Sohail Ahmed 32, Moeid Sheikh 24; Muzaffar Iqbal 5-71, Mohammad Awais Zafar 2-48); ARMY 268 in 66 overs (Muzaffar Iqbal 66, Mohammad Miqdad Hussain 43, Khadim Jan 41, Mohammad Awais Zafar 39, Mohammad Atif 34; Sajid Rehman 3-54, Sohail Ahmed 2-47, Mohammad Arham 2-67) and 74-0 in 15.4 overs (Abdullah 46 not out, Mohammad Tanvir 23 not out).

At Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi: ZTBL beat CDA by 304 runs.

ZTBL 445-4 in 83 overs (Saadullah Ghauri 180, Mohsin Nadeem 128, Mohammad Amir 61 mot out, Usman Ashraf 56 not out; Umar Khan 2-76) and 210-3 declared in 40.4 overs  (Shakeel Ansar 101 not out, Mohammad Amir 58, Saadullah Ghauri 36; Azam Khan 2-34); CDA 183 in 63.1 overs (Naved Malik 92, Naseerullah 45; Hamza Nadeem 5-54, Mohammad Ali 2-22, Bilawal Iqbal 2-25) and 168 in 40.5 overs (Tauseef Babar 42, Usman Ali 31,Umar Kiyani 25, Aamir Jamal 23; Mohammad Ali 5-41, Hamza Nadeem 2-20, Saad Nasim 2-55).

Pool ‘D’:

At LCCA Ground, Lahore: Match drawn.

BRIGHTO PAINTS 331 in 78.2 overs (Ashfaq Ahmed 80, Mohammad Idrees 51, Ali Shan 46, Abdul Wasay 35, Akbar Badshah 25, Waris Khan 23, Faisal Rasheed 20; Ahmed Shafiq 3-76, Ali Afzal 3-85, Nisar Ahmed 3-96); SABIR’S POULTRY 160 in 66.3 overs (Imran Dogar 73, Mohammad Ilyas 35, Nasir Ahmed 20; Naseer Akram 4-59, Agha Salman 3-28, Hasan Mahmood 2-32) and 270-7 in 130 overs (Zubair Malik 97, Ali Afzal 72 not out, Imran Dogar 21; Faisal Rasheed 3-41).

At Railways Stadium, Lahore: Ghani Glass beat Railways by 10 wickets.

RAILWAYS 221 in 69.2 overs (Mohammad Waqas 90, Qaiser Ashraf 31; Abdul Mateen 3-28, Mohammad Umar 3-70, Ulfat Shah 2-37) and 177 in 75.4 overs (Salman Ali 42, Qaiser Ashraf 26, Fahad-ul-Haq 22; Hasnain Bukhari 4-30, Ali Usman 2-35); GHANI GLASS 377-7 in 83 overs (Tayyab Tahir 180, Mohammad Waheed 79, Hasnain Bukhari 50 not out, Zeeshan Ashraf 30, Ulfat Shah 20; Shahid Nawaz 3-141, Asif Ashfaq 2-82) and 23-0 in 5 overs.

Final standings

(Tabulated under played, won, lost, drawn, points):

Pool ‘A’

State Bank 5 4 0 1 31

Navy 5 3 1 1 30

Haideri Traders 5 2 2 1 21

K-Electric 5 1 3 1 12

CAA 5 0 2 3 3

Omar Associates 5 0 2 3 3

Pool ‘B’

KPT 4 3 0 1 32

Port Qasim 4 3 0 1 28

CandyLand 4 1 2 1 12

PAF 4 1 2 1 9

Ahmed Glass 4 0 4 0 0

Pool ‘C’

ZTBL 5 5 0 0 48

CDA 5 4 1 1 29

PIA 5 2 2 1 21

Army 5 2 2 1 19

OGDCL 5 1 3 1 9

Pak Saudi 5 0 5 0 0

Pool ‘D’

Ghani Glass 4 3 0 1 27

Brighto Paints 4 2 0 2 21

Railways 4 2 2 0 19

Sabir’s Poultry 4 1 2 1 10

HEC 4 0 4 0 0

Published in Dawn, April 15th, 2018