Sandeep Shetty slammed a blazing century to steer Universal Steel to a fine 37-run victory over Car Fare Dubai XI in a high-scoring match of the U Score Cricket Cup Ramadan Tournament, organized by the Sharjah Cricket Council, at Al Dhaid Cricket Village.
In another match, Gyan Steel, riding on a superb four-wicket spell by Amir Jaffar, defeated Zahira Colombo Sports Club by 10 wickets.
It was Sandeep Shetty who held the centre-stage with a stroke-filled innings of 101 which included five fours and eight sixes. His 59-ball innings propelled Universal Steel to a healthy 204 for five. Jayaprakash Shetty (51 off 35 balls with eight fours) was the other major scorer.
Care Fare Dubai XI, in reply, played with determination, but their efforts were not good enough to prevent Universal Steel from coasting to a well-deserved win. Kaleem Rashid (29) and Baber Shareef (24 not out) were among the runs as Car Fare side scored 167 before being all out in 19.3 overs.
In the other match, Gyan Steel comfortably kept up their dominance over Zahira Colombo with an inspired all-round performance. They seized the early initiative when they shot out Zahira Colombo for just 83. Amir Jaffar did most of the damage, taking four wickets for just eight runs.
Gyan Steel, in reply, raced to the modest victory target in 8.1 overs. Bakhtiyar Palekar (47) and A. Kaleem (23) remained not out.
Universal Steel CC beat Car Fare Dubai XI by 37 runs: Universal Steel CC 204 for five (Sandeep Shetty 101, Jayaprakash Shetty 51, Shadaf Mohammed 24) Car Fare Dubai XI 167 all out in 19.3 overs (Kaleem Rasheed 29, Baber Shareef 24 not out, Hadi Ahmed 21; Devi Prasad 2-20, Jayaprakash 2-37). Man of the match Sandeep Shetty of Universal Steel. Umpires: Hamid Mukthar and Syed Shabbir Ali.
Gyan Steel beat Zahira Colombo SC by 10 wicket: Zahira Colombo SC 83 for nine in 17.2 overs (Minhaj Nifaz 21, Ashukeen Mohamed 16; Amir Jaffar 4-8, Naeem Khan 2-12) Gyan Steel CC 86 for no loss in 8.1 overs (Bakhtiyar Palekar 47, A Kaleem 23). Man of the match: Amir Jaffar of Gyan Steel. Umpires: Fidel Jaary and Amin Shahid.