Watford Haidery - SESCL Champions
Watford Haidery triumphed over Kinara in a hard fought Final of the 2020 SESCL Champions Cup, and in the process secured their first SESCL title for many years. Meanwhile, in the plate competition, Bajjar Badshahs 2nd XI were victorious over Reading Continental.
Watford Haidery captain Kamber Hussain collects the Cup!
In the Cup Final, Watford Haidery set a challenging total of 257-8 in their 40 overs, an innings that relied massively on a superbly paced 111* from Syed Khawar Ali Kazmi. Late impetus also came from Ehsan Malik (35) and skipper Kamber Hussain (27). The pick of the Kinara bowlers was Ali Akbar Raja, whose figures were a very tidy 2-28 from his allotted 8 overs.
In reply, Kinara built slowly and steadily. A partnership of 58 between Fahim Qureshi (39) and Danial Akhtar (61) was followed by one of 69 between Danyal and Shaan Khan (25). However, the asking rate was climbing steadily, and despite a rapid 52 from Zaheer Sher, they fell 22 runs short, amid a clatter of late wickets.
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Cup Final Man of the Match Syed Khawar Ali Kazmi, (111* & 1-48)
In the Plate Final, Bajjar Badshahs 2nd XI, a new SESCL entrant this year, recorded a more comfortable 70 run win over Reading Continental.
Batting first, they made an imposing total of 304-8. Unsurprisingly, this included contributions all the way down the order. The best of which being a steady 63 from Ghulam Mirza and a much more rapid 56* from Junaid Akhtar. In the face of this onslaught, Raja Rafaqat managed the exceptional figures of 4-24 from his 8 overs. As they had to, Reading Continental came out swinging, in a desperate attempt to keep up with the steep required run rate. They managed to hit 10 6s, but lost regular wickets in the process, eventually succumbing for 234 with 7.3 overs left unused. The best bowling figures were returned by Ahmed Zaman, who took an excellent 3-33 in overs, to backup the 40 he had made with the bat, an all-round contribution that saw him named as the Man of the Match.
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Captain of Bajjar Badshahs 2nd XI, Kamran Asghar, raising the Plate trophy