Thirty-eight teams are taking part in the Saudi Orix Cricket Tournament organized by the Riyadh Cricket Association. The teams are divided into three zones: Riyadh Cricket Zone, Al Kharj Cricket Zone and Huraymala Cricket Zone.
In the first round matches of the Al Kharj Zone, Lahore Lions scored a comfortable 39-run win over KFSH Blues.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Lahore Lions were bowled out for 303 off 37.2 overs. Owais played a great innings of 105 runs. He was well supported by Mansoor (42), Muzaffar (27), Salman (26) and Omar (24). Imtiaz Butt bowled with great pace and control took 5 wickets while Abdul Malik chipped in with 4 wickets.
Chasing a formidable target, KFSH managed 264 off their stipulated 40 overs. Saqib Abbasi played well for his well-made 66. Irshad (60) and Nadeem Babar (40) were the others who did well. Nawaz, Waqas, Mansoor and Jamshed got 2 wickets each.
In a closely fought match that could have gone either way, Lahore Badshah edged past Jawar Al Jazirah by 15 runs. Batting first, Lahore Badshah made 342 off 40 overs. Thanks to great knocks from Wahab Khan (110), Yassir (92) and Asif (54). Saleem got 3 wickets and Imran 2.
Jawar Al Jazirah were bowled out for 327. Rizwan Manzoor was the top scorer with 113. Other notable contributions came from Ejaz (57), Saleem (39), Javed (32) and Abbas (26). Yassir claimed 3 wickets while Shoaib and Irfan got 2 each.
Elsewhere, Amir Holidays routed BSF by 115 Runs. Batting first Amir Holidays made 339. Nadeem (68), Sami Arshad (54), Ahtisham (54), Samiullah (44) and Kamran (37) were the main contributors.
BSF’s target was revised to 285 off 36 overs due to delayed start after the lunch break. However, they made a hash of it and were all out for 169 off 24 overs. Zahid (50) and Safdar (44) put up some fight. Majid Khan grabbed 5 wickets.
In the Al Huraymala Cricket Zone, Green Bangla upset Riyadh Warriors by 13 runs. Batting first Green Bangla scored 155 off 20 overs. Jakir was the highest scorer with 74 runs. Alamin made 25. Taufeeq, Ahmadullah and Abdul Ghafoor took 2 wickets each.
In reply Riyadh Warriors were humbled for 142. Ayaz (36), Abdul Raheem and Abdul Aziz made 29 each. Jakir and Kakon took 3 wickets each while Aminul and Alamin grabbed 2 each.
In another match, Hyderabadi Warriors edged past Combined XI by 2 wickets. Batting first Combined XI scored 110. Shoaib made 34. Mohammed Bin Saleh took 4 wickets.
Hyderabadi Warriors achieved their target off 16.3 overs. Karim was the highest scorer with 36 runs. Asad took 4 wickets.
Later, Stallions beat FUCHS by 13 runs. Batting first, Stallions scored 207. Asif (48), Adnan (40), Imran (37) and Amir 31. Zakaullah and Shoaib got 2 wickets each.
FUCHS made 194 off 19.2 overs when the match was stopped due to bad light. Aziz Ur Rehman (67), Mohsin (26) and Owais (21) were the other scorers. Asif and Amir got 2 wickets each.
In Riyadh Cricket Zone, TBCC made short work of Kashmir XI by 8 wickets. Kashmir XI batted first and put on board 130 off 20 overs. Hakeem Libas bowled well and got hat trick.
TBCC reached their target off 11.1 overs. Ashraf remained unbeaten on 66 and Faisal made 40.
TCS Riyadh routed Imran XI by 61 runs. Batting first TCS Riyadh scored 201 off 20 overs. Ashiq (67) and Faisal (21). Imran XI were all out for 140 off 14.3 overs. Prashant took 4 wickets while Bhuwan got 2.
Elsewhere, Seham beat Tigers by one wicket in a thrilling encouter. Tigers scored 135 off 20 overs. Amjid took 4 wickets while Alamgir and Masood got 2 each. Seham achieved the target in the last over. Majid (30) and Noor (27) were the top scorers.
In the last match, Punjab Stars beat Grundfos by 3 runs. Batting first Punjab Stars scored 187 off their stipulated overs. Grundfos scored 184 in reply. Yasser (50) and Raheel (25) did their best.