PESHAWAR: Khyber Agency Green and South Waziristan Agency advanced to next round after securing victories against their respective rivals in the ongoing Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa FATA Twenty20 Cricket Cup being played at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium here on Sunday.
In the first match Khyber Agency Green skipper Taimur Khan won the toss and elected to bat first by setting up 174 runs target. Middle order batsmen Asif struck a superb knock of 41 runs including three towering sixes at long-on and long-off boundaries besides three boundaries. Saeed added another vital knock of 29 runs off 13 balls with five boundaries and Imran hit a key knock of 31 runs.
For Mohmand Agency Rehman claimed two wickets for 32 runs in his four over spell, Zubair got two wickets for 41 runs in his four overs spell and Roman and Esha took one wicket each.
In reply, Mohmand Agency failed to chase the target and bundled out for 139 runs in 19.1 overs with Zubair struck 39 runs including three boundaries and Roman was the other high runs contributor who made 33 runs, laced with four boundaries. Saleem took three wickets for 17 runs in his four overs spell, Qismat Shah took two wickets for 27 runs in his four overs spell, Sher got two wickets for 39 runs in his three overs spell and Asif claimed two wickets for 18 runs in his three over spell. Muhammad Asif was declared Man of the Match who scored 41 runs and got two wickets. Jaffar Hussain and Ahmad Nadeed supervised the match while Ismail acted as official scorer.
In the second match South Waziristan Agency won the toss and invited Kohat to bat first. Kohat setup 150 runs with Ibrahim made 39 runs including three boundaries, Khurshid scored 26 runs with two boundaries and Bilal made 22 not out with three boundaries. For South Waziristan Agency Zia Ur Rehman claimed two wickets for 18 runs in his four overs spell, Azam got two wickets for 20 runs in his three overs spell.
In reply South Waziristan Agency dramatically succeeded in chasing the winning target on the last wickets and last bowl of the innings. Hafiz Ullah played a key role in his team success who struck 58 runs including two sixes and four boundaries, Naveed made 30 runs while Azam and Taufeeq scored 15 runs each.
For Kohat District Shakeel and Waqar claimed three wickets each while Khurshid got two wickets. Hafid Ullah was declared Man of the Match.