AFM Toyota win UAQ title
UMM AL QUWAIN — Asghar Butt hit an unbeaten half century to steer Al Futtaim Motors (AFM) Toyota to another win at Umm Al Quwain.
Al Futtaim Motors Toyota defeated Gyan Steel Cricket Club by 30 runs to win the Fourth UAQ Premier Twenty20 League in the final at Umm Al Quwain ground on Friday.
Butt was in top form after Toyota openers Waseem and Rawoof gave them a sound start.
Put in to bat after they lost the toss, Al Futtaim Motors Toyota piled up 195 runs for the loss of three wickets and then bowled out Gyan Steel CC for 165 in 19 overs.
Butt blasted the rival bowlers with a well made 84 from 42 balls. He belted five sixes and six fours during his stay at the crease. When Toyota innings ended A Raziq was at the crease with an unbeaten 16 made from 13 deliveries as he hit two towering sixes for his useful contribution.
Earlier, Waseem R and Rawoof Q gave Toyota a sound start with the later playing an anchor role. Waseem scored 35 from 19 balls and reached the boundary five times and over it one while his partner Rawoof knocked 22 from 35 deliveries and hit two boundaries.
Butt then walked in and put the Gyan Steel to the sword punishing every loose ball. Mohammed Tariq chipped in 16 from 11 deliveries but was out as he attempted to increase the tempo and the runs on the board. He just managed to hit a huge six before the walked back to the pavilion.
Faisal and Waqar shared two Toyota wickets with the former conceding 36 runs in his three overs and the latter giving away 35 runs in his four-over spell.
Facing a daunting task, Gyan Steel were under pressure right from the start as they lost both their openers cheaply. Shakoor did not even reach double digit scores making just seven from nine balls and reaching the boundary once while Ihsan Khan scored 18 from 10 also reaching the boundary once.
Thereafter Umair and Amjad raised some hope for Gyan Steel after they steadied their innings. However, Umair fell after making 26 from 18 deliveries and hit five fours as he attempted to maintain the required run rate.
Amjad Khan held his fort for some time to contribute 39 from 32 deliveries but saw the required run rate mounting as the innings progressed. He hit three boundaries before he walked back to the pavilion.
Zuhaib and Nabeel tried to pep up the score but never came close to the required run rate. Gyan Steel fell short by 30 runs as they were bowled out for 166 runs with one over to spare. Zuhaib hit a 16-ball 25 and Nabeel 22 from 11 as both hit two sixes each.
Mumtaz was the most successful bowler for Al Futtaim Motors Toyota bagging three wickets for 26 runs in his allotted quota of four overs. Raziq and Mohammed Tariq picked up one each, both conceding 30 runs each.
Butt of Toyota was named the man of the final for his 84 runs.
BM Abdullah and Tariq Bashir were the umpires for the final which saw a large crowd of fans who were treated to some exciting batting and bowling.
Brief scoresAl Futtaim Motors Toyota beat Gyan Steel by 30 runs.
Al Futtaim Motors Toyota 195 for 3 (Asghar Butt 84 not out, Waseem R 35, Rawoof Q 22, A Raziq 16*, Mohammed Tariq 16; Faisal 1-36, Waqar 1-35).
Gyan Steel CC 165 all out in 19 overs (Amjad Khan 39, Umair 26, Zuhaib 25, Nabeel 22, Ihsan Khan 18, Shakoor 7; Mumtaz 3-26, Raziq 1-30, Mohammed Tariq 1-30).
Man of the final: Asghar Butt