The ‘#PlayToEducate: Cricket Gala 2017’ is being conducted to collect funds for students in need. On the 11th of October, the tournament returned after a break, with the SMME Warriors taking on the Staff Scorpions. Mr. Umer Sadiq, captain of the SMME Warriors, won the toss and broke the tradition of teams batting first in the tournament. On a warm, breeze-free day, he elected to bowl first. It was a big gamble, as all the matches so far had been won by the team batting first, barring the one practice match which went against the pattern. The gamble didn’t pay off, as the Staff Scorpions, captained by Mr. Muhammad Taj, blew away the mechanical engineers and recorded the biggest margin of victory yet – 76 runs.
The match was one-sided from the get-go. The Scorpions’ openers came out aggressive and played their shots. The first over, bowled by Mr. Faisal Saad, went for 20 runs, but he got rid of Mr. Adnan on the last ball of the over. Mr. Nouman hit Mr. Saif Ali for three consecutive sixes, before falling in the second over. The wicket of Mr. Nouman halted the rapid scoring of the Scorpions for a couple of overs, with the Warriors picking up a few wickets courtesy Mr. M. Abdullah and Mr. M. Unes, who was on a hat trick at one stage. In the dying overs, the second opener Mr. Abid Ali and Mr. Haseeb Khan took the attack to the bowlers. Mr. Abid hit Mr. Unes for two sixes before the bowlers finally got the better of him. That just brought Mr. Murtaza to the crease. He only needed one ball to settle into his rhythm, smashing 25 runs off just 7 deliveries and finishing as the top scorer. The final score at the end of the 8 overs was 123 for the loss of 6 wickets. Mr. Faisal and Mr. Unes got two wickets each.
The start of the Warriors’ batting was worse than their bowling start. They lost their captain Mr. Umer in the first over to a golden duck. In the second over, Scorpions’ batting hero Mr. Murtaza returned to torment the boys from SMME, taking two wickets. None of the Warriors’ batsmen could show some resistance as wickets continued to tumble. They only managed 3 boundaries in the entire innings, as the bowlers havoc in the batting line up. Mr. Unes top scored with 7, while Mr. Talha Ashraf made 6 before being declared. In the end, the Warriors could only manage 47 runs; the highest contributor to the total being the 12 extras. For the Scorpions, Mr. Murtaza and Mr. Hassan Khan bagged two wickets each.
This lovely encounter had a pretty huge outcome, helping collect massive amounts of funds for the NEED Initiative. The UAO appreciates everyone who contributed, played or even came to support the players.
The next matches in the tournament is scheduled for the 12th of October. We will keep you posted on the latest developments. Join us to watch the entertaining spectacles and follow our page www.facebook.com/NEEDInitiative for updates on match schedules. Give education a fighting chance by sponsoring a player or through donating for the cause. Drop a call at 90856838 to donate.