Vikrant Shetty and Shabbar Naazi hammered fluent half-centuries to guide Eurocon Alubond to a fine 32-run victory over Gyan Steel in a high-scoring match of the 17th AJ Invitation League Tournament, organised by the Sharjah Cricket Council, at Al Dhaid Cricket Village.
In other matches, Jotun Paints defeated Rapco CC by six wickets, Phoenix Medicines got the better of Universal Steel by 49 runs while Ibsons CC accounted for Al Barraq CC by 12 runs.
Vikrant scored an unbeaten 61 and Naazi chipped with a 59 to propel Eurocon Alubdond to a healthy score of 231 for six in the allotted 20 overs. Ansar Butt and Amir took two wickets each, but they failed to prevent Eurocon from seizing the early initiative.
Gyan Steel, in reply, staged a good fight-back, but still came up very short. Fahad Usman led their batting charge with a blistering 68, but failed to provide the finishing touch. Kashif (38) and Ansar (21) were the other main scorers.
Jotun Paints rode on a fine batting performance by Nitin Bharatan (82) and Bilal Murtaza (55) to see off the Rapco CC challenge with 13 balls to spare. Rapco, batting first, scored 203 before being all out. Sohail top-scoed with 45.
Jotun Paints CC beat Rapco CC by six wickets: Rapco CC 203 all out in 20 overs (Sohail 45, Parvez 39, Shahid 28, Farhan 26; Irfan 5-51, Azhar 2-35, Rohan 2-19) Jotun Paints 207 for four in 17.5 overs (Nitin Bharatan 82 not out, Bilal Murtaza 55, Irfan Zaka 20). Man of the match: Nitin Bharatan of Jotun Paints CC.
Eurocon Alubond CC beat Gyan Steel by 32 runs: Eurocon Alubond CC 231 for six (Vikrant Shetty 61 not out, Shabbar Naazi 59, Harris Baid 23; Ansar Butt 2-23, Amir 2-46) Gyan Steel 198 for eight (Fahad 82, Kashif 38, Ansar 21; Mohsan 2-28, Nasir 2-22). Man of the match: Fahad Usman of Gyan Steel.
Phoenix Medicine beat Universal Steel by 49 runs: Phoenix Medicine 204 for 8 in 20 overs (Wajahat 56, Khawar 27 not out, Saif 25, Aqib 25 not out; Santosh 4-19) Universal Steel 155 for six (Jayaprakash 39, Ashraf 31, Hari 28 not out; Rohan 2-19). Man of the match: Wajahat of Phoenix Medicine.
Ibsons CC beat Al Barraq CC by 12 runs: Ibsons CC 206 for 6 in 20 overs (Pervez 59 not out, Irfan 45, Faizan Asif 42, Usman 29; Shahid 2-13, Khaizer 2-24) Al Barraq CC 194 for four (Saifullah 55 not out, Abrar 44, Sajjad 38, Naseeb 28). Man of the match: Pervez Nasir of Ibsons.