OGDCL clinch President’s Trophy Grade-II title

By Our Correspondent
June 12, 2024
Representational image of a ball with a bat in the background. — AFP/File

LAHORE: The Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) emerged victorious in the President’s Trophy Grade-II final, defeating Eshaal Associates by a convincing nine-wicket margin.

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This triumph secures their place in the prestigious President’s Trophy Grade-I tournament for the upcoming domestic season.

OGDCL’s hero of the match was Raja Hamza Waheed. His unbeaten knock of 143 runs, compiled in just 159 balls, steered his team to victory. His innings showcased both power and finesse, with 22 boundaries and 2 sixes. OGDCL began day four with a strong opening partnership between Raja Hamza Waheed and Abbas Ali.

Their 135-run stand set the tone for a dominant chase. While Ali fell after a well-made 51, Waheed continued his onslaught, finding able support from Mohammad Umair (51*).

Their 120-run partnership for the second wicket ensured OGDCL chased down the target of 255 runs with ease, reaching the victory mark in just 50.3 overs.

OGDCL also earned a cash prize of PKR 1.5 million. Eshaal Associates received PKR 0.75 million.

Scores in brief:

OGDCL beat Eshaal Associates by nine wickets at Abbottabad Cricket Stadium

Eshaal Associates 297 all out, 59.3 overs (Mohammad Sudais 87, Afaq Ahmed 43, Abdul Rehman 43, Mohammad Adil 37 not out; Mohammad Huzaifa 4-79, Mohammad Sarwar Afridi 3-52, Jawad Ali 2-35) and 272 all out, 58.4 overs (Sajjad Ali 58, Abdul Rehman 40, Sajjad Ibrahim 38, Mohammad Sudais 34; Mushtaq Ahmed 5-93, Mohammad Sarwar Afridi 4-75)

OGDCL 315-7, 75 overs (Rizwan Ali 143 not out, Mohammad Sarwar Afridi 84, Mohammad Adil 3-55, Hamza Sajjad 2-67) and 255-1, 50.3 overs (Raja Hamza Waheed 143 not out, Mohammad Umair 51 not out, Abbas Ali 51; Hamza Sajjad 1-62)

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