Al Burj, ARM, Butt Sports, ICAD, Royal Jurana win Ace Travel Saudi Cup opener

Ijaz (94), Arsalan (74), Bilal (57), M. Yasir (66), Rauf 3 for 8, Abdul Wasey 4 for 16 excel

JEDDAH — Ace Travels Saudi Cup T20 2020-21 kicked off on a high note with wins for ARM United over Royal Challengers by 10 wickets, Royal Jurana over K Chinar by 76 runs, Al Burj over CH XI by 39 runs, Butt Sports over Aces by 8 runs, ICAD over Pak Zalmi by 10 runs.

Excellent individual performances by Arsalan of ARM United (74), Ijaz of Royal Jurana (94), Abdul Wasey of Butt Sports (4 for 16), Rauf (3 for 8) were the highlight of 1st week matches of the event sponsored by Ace Travel and organized by JCA under auspices of Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation.

Arsalan quick-fire knock of 74 in 29 balls enabled ARM United thrash Royal Challengers by 10 wickets, despite Sonu’s (66) knock ending up on losing side. Ijaz Ahmed (94) and Yasir (66) batted brilliantly and fine spell by Rauf (3 for 8) enabled Royal Jurana beat K Chinar by 76 runs, Shafiq spell of 3 for 40 going in vain.

Bilal Yusuf (57) and Kamran (51) batted well in tandem to give Al Burj 39 runs win over CH XI. Butt Sports scored a narrow 8 runs win against Aces with Abdul Wasey taking 4 for 16 and Ramazan scoring 66 runs despite fighting knock of 86 by Usman. ICAD managed to beat Pak Zalmi by 10 runs thanks to Ammeq Mansha and Sheroze identical score of 34 runs and Khalid’s spell of 2 for 30.

ARM United beat Royal Challengers by 10 wickets

Royal Challengers 125 all out Sonu 66, Shehzad 22. ARM United 126 for no loss 8.3 overs Arsalan 74NO (29b), Ather 43NO.

Royal Jurana beat K Chinar by 76 runs

Royal Jurana 232 for 4 20 overs Ijaz Ahmed 94 (44b), M. Yasir 66 (28b), Shafique 3 for 40. K Chinar 155 all out Abdul Rehman 32, Kazim 28, Rauf 3 for 8, Rao Aslam 2 for 15.

Al Burj beat CH XI by 39 runs

Al Burj 229 for 8 20 overs Bilal Yousuf 57 (25b), Kamran 51 (25b), Arsalan 3 for 44. CH XI 190 all out Waseem 66 (40b), Zulqarnain 39, Khalid 2 for 17, Abid 2 for 30.

ICAD beat Pak Zalmi by 10 runs

ICAD 175 for 9 20 overs Ameeq Mansha 34, Sheroze 34, Asad 3 for 20, Sheraz 2 for 19. Pak Zalmi 165 for 7 20 overs Abid 38, Waqas 34, Khalid 2 for 30

Butt Sports beat Aces by 8 runs

Butt Sports 188 for 6 18 overs Ramazan 66 (25b), Javed Iqbal 49, Bilal Khan 2 for 33. Aces 180 all out Usman 86 (47), Asif 38, Abdul Wasey 4 for 16. — SG