Local Cricket: Enhance defeats PTI to go top of Premier Division

L-R: Khan, Ebrahim, Nair and Alam of Enhance CT

Left-arm pacer Mazhar Alam's five-wicket spell led Enhance CT to a two-wicket win over Passage to India Restaurant (PTI) and  catapulted his team to the top of the Oman Cricket Premier Division at Al Amerat on Saturday.

All the top three teams have now played 11 games each with Enhance on top of the table with 31 points due to better net run rate while defending champion Assarain is currently second with 31 points and Muscat CT close behind with 27 points.

Opting to bowl first, Enhance dismissed PTI for a paltry 158 in 46.2 overs thanks to Alam's spell in which he claimed five wickets for 35. Sanuth Ebrahim took three for 22. Syed Amir Ali (33) and Arbaz Qureshi (31) were the notable scorers.

Enhance scored 159 for eight in 32.5 overs, thanks to a 56-run seventh-wicket stand between Unnikrishnan Nair (33 not out) and Khurram Khan (28) after it was reduced to 84 for six in 18 overs.

Ihsan Ullah Khan claimed four wickets while Mohammed Zahir Siddiqui bagged two.

Brief scores: PTI 158 all out in 46.2 overs (Amir Ali 33, Qureshi 31, Pruthvikumar Machhi 28, Syed Amir Kaleem 27; Alam 5-35, Ebrahim 3-22) lost to Enhance 159-8 in 32.5 overs (Nair 33 n.o., Khan 28; Ihsan Ullah Khan 4-56, Siddiqui 2-51).



L-R: Ayaan, Chavan, Ansari and Shoaib of Muscat CT

Ansari’s seven-fordestroys Al Turki

In another Premier Division match, a seven-wicket haul by Munis Ansari saw Muscat CT trounce Al Turki Enterprises by 99 runs at the same venue on Friday.

Asked to bat first, Muscat posted a significant 251 for six in 50 overs thanks to half-centuries by Sudeep Chavan (77), Shoaib Khan (70) and Ayaan Khan (51 not out).

Al Turki was reduced to 15 for four and dismissed for 152 in 42.1 overs as Ansari returned with 9.1-3-16-7.

Only Gulam Shaikh (48), Jigneshbhai Patel (31) and Suraj Kumar (30) were able to offer some resistance.

Brief scores: Muscat CT 251-6 in 50 overs (Chavan 77, Shoaib 70, Ayaan 51 n.o.; Gopendra Bohara 2-40) beat Al Turki 152 all out in 42.1 overs (Shaikh 48, Patel 31, Kumar 30; Ansari 7-16, Ayaan 2-34).

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