Premier Section – FLIX brought off one of the shock of the QUAID-E-AZAM LEAGUE season by beating reigning champions Bhalot Strikers by four wickets. The latter were all out for 92, despite Majid Majeed’s 42 as Umar Farooq picked up 4-34. In reply, Amjid Ali scored 59.
My Lahore created a further shock as they bowled out Onq for 59, having earlier made 165 (Sarfraz Ahmed 42). RZM profited the most from the slip-ups after defeating Earlmarshall. The Sheffield side made 182-7, thanks chiefly to Don Mandulah’s 75. RZM chased down their target for the loss of six wickets, with Omar Khitab hitting 40 and Yasar Ali an unbeaten 41 as the Keighley side went two points clear at the top.
Darulshafa were beaten by bottom-of-the-table Punjab, for whom Mohammed Nadeem took 6-33 as Darulshafa were skittled for 115. In reply, Abdul Aqeel’s 55 took Punjab to their second victory of the season, putting them above Darulshafa in the table.
Kashmir Dewsbury beat White Rose by 46 runs after the in-form Hasnat Yousaf fell just six runs short of a century and Awais Hussain scored 46. White Rose were then dismissed for 163.
In Section A, Raja’s are two points clear after chasing down one of the highest scores in the league this season. Rising Stars made 317-9, chiefly thanks to Maunam Ejaz (95) as Azhar Sharif picked up 4-49. Then Mohammed Ahsan (120) and Farhan Hussain (73no) helped Raja’s to 321-8 and a well-deserved victory.
Second-placed Karmand kept the pressure on by defeating Style by three wickets. Style scored 247-5 (Majid Khan 120, Mohammed Nadim 45) but Rashid Ayub (55) and Imran Patel (40) masterminded the reply.
Zahir Abbas picked up 5-15 as EAM bowled out TABS for 58, with the former making it three wins in succession as they triumphed by seven wickets.
Leg-spinner Sohail Butt picked up 6-21 but it wasn’t enough as Heaton Park lost to Bradford Moor by 90 runs. Mustafa Rafique (69) and Bilal Ejaz (47) helped Moor to 251 before Park were dismissed for 161.
Diamond dominated their match against Shaheen, scoring 212-8 (Usman Ali 43) before bowling out their opponents for 89 (Sajid Ali 4-21).