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Al Hamad stays in race after win over Ibsons

Published on May 8, 2011

Al Hamad opened the Group A wide open after inflicting the first defeat on Ibsons in the Al Hamad Contracting division-one tournament.

Kasim Butt grabbed five wickets and Azhar Gul stroked 87 for them to emerge winners by six wickets and take their tally to four points from three matches in the five-team group at the Zayed stadium.

Ibsons taking first lease of the wicket posted 295 with Abdul Rahman Qadir paving the way with a top score of 94. The one-drop batsman hit 11 fours and a six before falling to Kasim, who returned with five for 56 from 8.3 overs.

Emirates Cricket Board Blues remain as the only unbeaten team in the group with three wins from three games followed by Emirates Islamic Bank, who are also on six, but completed all their matches. Al Hamad and Ibsons are on four each with two games still to play.

Shaiman Butt blasted 137 to steer Yogi Group to a 179-run win over Phoenix Medicine. Yogi''s second win in four games keeps their hopes alive in Group B behind William Hare Abu Dhabi Gymkhana, who top the group having completed their matches unbeaten.

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Shaiman hit 17 fours and three sixes, and shared a 151-run stand for the fourth wicket with Vikrant Shetty, who hit a breezy 80 with 11 fours and a couple of sixes for Yogi to rack up 335 for six in 40 overs.

New Medical Centre were sent to the brink after they crashed to 72-run defeat to Tyger in the same group.

Scores in brief:

Al Hamad 296 for 6 in 45.5 overs (Azhar Gul 87, Asif Iqbal 38, Kasim Butt 31 not out, Mohammed Tanveer 2-42) bt Ibsons 295 all out in 49.3 overs (Abdul Rahman Qadir 94, Mohammed Tanveer 39, Baber Malik 39, Kasim Butt 5-56, Mohammed Tariq 2-42).

Man of the match :Kasim Butt.

Yogi Group 335 for 6 in 40 overs (Shaiman Butt 137, Vikrant Shetty 80, Asif Mumtaz 3-56) bt Phoenix Medicine 156 all out in 35 overs (Kamran Shahzad 4-33, Salman Faris 3-37, Vikrant Shetty 2-11).

Man of the match :Shaiman Butt.

Tyger 250 for 8 in 50 overs (Umair Qadeer 84, Bilal Khan 44, Nasir Siddiqui 30, Ihsan Ali 3-44, Shadeep Silva 2-38) bt New Medical Centre 178 all out in 32.2 overs (Shadeep Silva 58, Jamshed Butt 4-33, Imran Khan 2-35, Mohammed Usman 2-37).

Man of the match :Umair Qadeer.

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