Karachi: Beacon House School (PECHS) and Khan Secondary School registered victories over their respective rivals in the league matches of the HBL Inter-School Cricket Tournament 2014. Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA) is organizing this school tournament.
Beacon House School overpowered Habib Public School by 55 runs in their Group B encounter here at the KCCA Stadium.
Batting first, after winning the toss, Beacon House School was all out for 176 in 36.2 overs. Shahrukh Khan top scored with 50 off 58 balls with the help of six fours while Taha Arsalan (33 off 36 balls) and Faraz Saba (26 off 43 balls) also chipped in with useful contributions.
Their cause was further helped by 38 extras in the innings, which included 33 wides. Medium-pacer Ahmed Kabir (2-19) dented the top-order while off-spinners Umair Arshad (2-35) and Ahmed Shakeel (2-36) struck vital blows.
Set to score 177 in 40 overs, Habib Public School couldn’t recover after losing both the openers for ducks in the very first over of the innings. They lost wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out for 121 in 31 overs.
Abdullah Ali (21 off 67 balls), Zubair Khan (18 off 34 balls) and Ahmed Kabir (17 off 29 balls) resisted briefly before succumbing to the spin duo of Huzaifa Ahmed (3-18) and Mudassir Godil (3-25). The Man of the Match award, however, was clinched by Shahrukh Khan for scoring the only half-century of the game.
Meanwhile, Khan Secondary School bulldozed Fahims School System by eight wickets in their Group G outing at the Hussain Lawai Naya Nazimabad Stadium.
Fahims School System was routed for 108 in 23.5 overs, losing their last nine wickets for only 69 runs. Opener Abdul Hamid (23 off 43 balls) was the only bastman to come to terms with the Khan Secondary School’s spin-cum-pace attack.
Off-spinner Faizan Shaikh, adjudged Man of the Match, returned the impressive figures of four for 20 off 5.5 overs and he was complemented by medium-pacer Mohammad Nabil (2-23) and leg-spinner Arish Khan (2-25).
Khan Secondary School raced to the modest target of 109 in a matter of just 11.5 overs, losing only a couple of wickets in the bargain. Opener Arsal Bashir led the victory charge with an unbeaten 55 off 39 balls, smashing a dozen boundaries. His opening partner Faizan Shaikh made 26 off 21 balls.