Mubassir Amiji emerged first batsman to score a half-century in the 2017 Southern Region Inter-Club Cricket League on Sunday after helping Mpingwe Sports Club (MSC) Silver thrash MSC Brown by 90 runs.
He top-scored with 77 runs and claimed three wickets as Silver made 196 runs in 20-overs against Brown’s 106 runs all-out at the Oriental Cricket Club (OCC) in Blantyre.
At least five games were on the menu as the season started last weekend, but it was only Amiji who managed to cross the 50-runs mark, an achievement the league’s new chairperson Shiraz Zaveri described as incredible.
Minhaz Patel and Sajid Kaka also contributed 45 runs and 27 runs, respectively, into Silver’s victory.
“My goal was to score a century. All the same, I am happy for being the best performer on the first day of the season. I will try my best to keep up the good work,” Amiji said.
Imran Khan, batsman for defending champions MSC White, was the second best scorer with 47 run, as his team beat MSC Gold by eight wickets at the MSC. Gold made 106 runs all-out in 20 overs but White made those runs in just 16.2 overs.
In other games, MSC Orange beat MSC Blue by 72 runs after making a total of 159 runs in 20 overs while OCC relied on home ground advantage to triumph over MSC Grey. Grey made 86 runs all-out in the entire 20 overs as OCC did it in just 16.1 overs.
On Sunday, Silver will take on OCC at the MSC in the morning to set the pace for the afternoon match between Grey and Brown while MSC Fattani Gold will be up against MSC Green; White will tussle against Lankans OCC at Indian Sports Club (ISC).
At the OCC, Orange and Yellow will faceoff whereas Blue will take on ISC. n