National Under-16 Cricket: Northern Blues beat Balochistan Blues by 74 runs
Sports Bulletin Report
MULTAN:-Three more Pool B matches in the National Under-16 One-Day Tournament (45 overs) were played on Tuesday at three Multan venues with Northern Under-16 Blues, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Under-16 Blues and Southern Punjab Under-16 Blues winning their games against Balochistan Under-16 Blues, Central Punjab Under-16 Blues and Sindh Under-16 Blues, respectively.
Sameer Ahmed’s unbeaten 82 and Salman Ahmed five-for led Southern Punjab U16 Blues to a two-wicket win over Sindh U16 Blues at the Zawari Cricket Academy Ground. After being put into bat, Sindh were dismissed for 132 in the 45th over. Opening batter Yahya Shah top-scored with a 92-ball 46, which included five fours. The right-arm fast Salman took five wickets for 31.
In reply, Southern Punjab achieved the target in the 38th over for the loss of eight wickets. The right-handed Sameer returned undefeated on 82 off 115 balls faced. He struck 10 fours and three sixes. Sindh’s Noor Habib took four for 32, while Abdul Moiz and Maaz Zahid picked two wickets apiece.
At the Multan Cricket Stadium, Northern U16 Blues beat Balochistan U16 Blues by 74 runs. Batting first, Northern Blues were bowled out for 183 in the 44th over. Syed Ali Mehdi top-scored with a 62-ball 35, hitting two fours and one six. For Balochistan U16 Blues, Mohammad Adil and Mohammad Asfand picked three wickets each.
In return, Balochistan U16 Blues were bowled out for 109 in the 37th over. Sumair Ahmed top-scored with 21. Northern’s Mohammad Nabeel and Mohammad Hassan Khan bagged three wickets apiece, while Syed Ali Mehdi picked two wickets for 13.
At the Divisional Sports Ground, half centuries from Shahzaib Khan and Usman Khan guided Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U16 Blues to a 41-run win over Central Punjab U16 Blues. Batting first, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U16 Blues scored 215 for seven in 45 overs. Shahzaib and Usman scored 58 and 53 runs, respectively.
Central Punjab’s Ali Hamza picked three wickets for 42, while Ali Raza grabbed two for 52.
In return, Central Punjab U16 Blues were bowled out for 174 in the 42nd over. Subhan Saeed top-scored with 45, hitting seven fours.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Usman Khan picked three for 37. Ahmed Hussain and Luqman Khan bagged two wickets each.
Scores in brief:
Northern U16 Blues beat Balochistan U16 Blues by 74 runs
Northern U16 Blues 183 all out, 43.2 overs (Syed Ali Mehdi 35; Mohammad Adil 3-22, Mohammad Asfand 3-56)
Balochistan U16 Blues 109 all out, 36.2 overs (Sumair Ahmed 21; Mohammad Nabeel 3-16, Mohammad Hassan Khan 3-17, Syed Ali Mehdi 2-13)
Southern Punjab U16 Blues beat Sindh U16 Blues by two wickets
Sindh U16 Blues 132 all out, 44.2 overs (Yahya Shah 46; Salman Ahmed 5-31)
Southern Punjab U16 Blues 135-8, 37.3 overs (Sameer Ahmed 82 not out; Noor Habib 4-32, Maaz Zahid 2-26, Abdul Moiz 2-30)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U16 Blues beat Central Punjab U16 Blues by 41 runs
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 215-7, 45 overs (Shahzaib Khan 58, Usman Khan 53; Ali Hamza 3-42, Ali Raza 2-52)
Central Punjab U16 Blues 174 all out, 41.5 overs (Subhan Saeed 45; Usman Khan 3-37, Ahmed Hussain 2-30, Luqman Khan 2-35)