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Pentangular Cup matches drawn

Pentangular Cup matches drawn

LAHORE – The third round matches of the Faysal Bank Pentangular Cup (First Class) 2010-2011, being played here in the city, ended in draws on Monday, the fourth and final day.
Balochistan were playing against Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa at the Gaddafi Stadium while Federal Areas were facing Punjab.
Scores: AT GADDAFI STADIUM, LAHORE. Baluchistan 279 in 77.3 overs (Shoaib Khan 41, 66 balls, 9 x4s, Saeed Anwar Jr. 28, 37 balls, 5 x4s, Rameez Alam 24, 55 balls, 3 x4s, Naveed Yasin 27,

Match commissioner urges fair play

LAHORE – Match commissioner of the Pakistan-Palestine Lahore Test, Mian Rizwan Ali has asked the management of both teams to ensure discipline during the match at Punjab Stadium. “PFF President Faisal Saleh Hayat is a great advocate of fair play and sportsmanship. Fair play is essential to our sport and to everyone involved in it. I appeal to players, referees, fans and officials throughout Pakistan to help praise and promote the spirit of fair play,” said Rizwan during the manager’s

Kenyan skipper rubbishes rift talk

COLOMBO – Kenyan skipper Jimmy Kamande Monday brushed aside reports of a rift between the players and their West Indian coach Eldine Baptiste, saying such issues crop up only after defeats. Reports coming from Kenyan capital Nairobi said there were divisions within the squad, with Cricket Kenya chief Samir Inamdar blaming those differences for the team’s lacklustre performances.
But Kamande said his team, with two crushing World Cup defeats so far, were united.
“I have read

Workshop lift Railways Divisional Cricket title

LAHORE – Workshop clinched the final of Pakistan Railways Divisional Cricket Championship 2011, played at Railway Stadium. Workshop defeated Lahore by 119 runs. DS Officer Workshop Nasir Khalili was the chief guest while Rashad Mehmood presided over the function.
Workshop piled up 267 runs in 45 overs, with Shahbaz Butt (91), Sohail Idriss (83), Asif Khan (27) among the top-scorers. Kashif Naveed took two wickets for Lahore, who were later bundled out for 148. M Mehdi (47) and

Punjab Club beat Fayyaz Memorial

LAHORE – Punjab Club moved into the second round of the East Zone Cricket Championship after beating Fayyaz Memorial Club by 95 runs at Wahdat Colony Ground on Monday. Sheraz Butt and Umer Farooq shone with the bat for Punjab Club, and later Asad Shah took five wickets were to seal victory.

Model Town Club in final

LAHORE – Model Town Club marched into the final of the 26th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial Cricket Tournament after defeated a strong Crown Club side by 6 wickets in the first semi-final, played at Model Town Ground on Monday.
The match saw fine batting performances by Sohail Khan and M Shoaib. The second semi-final will be played between Akhter Abdul Rehman Club and P&T Gym next week.

Shane Warne is the new Paul

NEW DELHI – After FIFA World Cup’s Paul Octopus, Shane Warne played the perfect oracle, as much before the India-England match started in Bangalore, the former Australia spinner predicted it would be a tie. Warne wrote on his Twitter account, “Looking forward to the game between india and England today should be a cracker.. My prediction a tie!” And so it was, when England made 338 for 8 in 50 overs in reply to India’s 338 all out in 49.5 overs. Zaheer Khan was the last man to fall

India, England tie in thriller

BANGALORE – India and England tied a thrilling World Cup clash here on Sunday in a match which yielded 676 runs and was adorned by blistering centuries from Sachin Tendulkar and Andrew Strauss. England, chasing a World Cup record 339 to win, finished on 338 for eight having scored 13 off the last over when 14 were needed for victory.
Zaheer Khan’s dramatic three-wicket burst turned the match back in India’s favour after England captain Strauss’s man-of-the-match winning innings

Afridi makes Pakistan look the real threat

COLOMBO – Some almost comical fielding not to mention hilarious batting mix-ups could not disguise the very serious threat Pakistan are starting to pose at the World Cup after silencing a Sri Lankan crowd on Saturday.
In their skipper Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan attack has a potent weapon which proved just as deadly to Sri Lanka’s classy batting line-up as it did to the less gifted Kenyans.
This time the leg spinner grabbed four valuable wickets (4-34) to stop Sri Lanka in

Cup format encourages fixing: Latif

MUMBAI – Rashid Latif, the former Pakistan captain who blew the whistle on cricket corruption eight years ago, fears that the current World Cup format encourages fixing. Latif said that the 14-team line-up at the Feb 19-April 2 event in the subcontinent in which six teams have little of no chance of winning, opens the door to corruption on the back of bribes from illegal subcontinental bookmakers.
“It is obvious that the real competition will only start from the quarter-final

Weaker teams fancy rain reprieve in Pentangular Cup

LAHORE – Heavy rain in the city on Saturday has given some hope to the weakest teams of the Faysal Bank Pentangular Cup some hope of drawing their matches. On day three of the four-day matches, Khyber PK scored 266 runs and saw Balochistan make 145 for three in 36 overs in their second innings. And on the final day, the possibility of the match ending in a stalemate is bright at the Gaddafi Stadium.
On the other hand at the LCCA ground, Punjab were at 222 for five at the close

Sri Lanka need Murali and Malinga

COLOMBO – If Sri Lanka are to have any chance of becoming the only Asian team to win two World Cups in the sub-continent, they need their two chief weapons, Lasith Malinga and Muttiah Muralitharan, to find their form — fast. The co-hosts were one of the pre-tournament favourites to win the showpiece but Saturday’s 11-run defeat by Pakistan exposed some glaring weaknesses in their bowling armoury.
Muralitharan should have been trapping rival batsmen with his mystifying powers of

Palestinian match officials named

LAHORE – The PFF on Sunday announced the technical officials for both the matches against visiting Palestinian team at Lahore and Karachi. According to the PFF, Mian Rizwan Ali will be match commissioner for Lahore test on March 1 at Punjab Stadium (7 PM) while Qazi Mohammad Asif will be referee assessor.
Khurram Shahzad (Kohat) will supervise the match with Muhammad Ali Junior, Shafaat Habib as assistant referees, and Wahed Murad (4th Official). The Karachi test will be played

Palestinians praise Pakistani hospitality

LAHORE – Palestinian coach Moussa Bezaz believes that the friendly series against Pakistan, which will open on March 1, will help them assess the skill level of their players before the coming events.
Pakistan and Palestine will play four-test series on home and away basis with the first being played tomorrow and the second on March 4 at Karachi while Pakistan will visit Palestine to play on May 24 and 27. Talking to journalists in his first interaction with the media here at

Third Pakistan, Palestine soccer clash tomorrow

LAHORE – Palestine are the first soccer team to visit Pakistan in the last four years since Lahore hosted the international match in 2007 when Pakistan faced the then-Asian Champion Iraq in World Cup qualifier. The Tuesday’s Lahore clash will be the third between the two teams in soccer history.
Palestine were 3-0 winners on February 18, 2006 when Pakistan was in training camp at Manama, Bahrain for 14th Asia Cup QR preparation under former coach Salman Sharida (Bahrain), the

Punjab, Sindh, advance in Jr National Hockey

LAHORE – Punjab, Sindh, WAPDA and PAF Academy won their matches in the 30th U-19 Junior National Hockey Championship which is in progress at Bahawalpur Hockey Stadium, Bahawalpur. Another three matches will be played today with NBP taking on Pakistan Board at 1100 hrs, Custom playing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at 1300 hrs and SSGC meeting Sindh at 1500 hrs.
Results: Punjab beat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 4-0, Punjab: Mushtaq 28th Minute (PC), Asad 31st Minute (FG), Khalid Bhatti (Capt) 43rd

Stakes high in Netherlands, West Indies clash

NEW DELHI – Injury-ravaged West Indies will have plenty to play for when they take on an inspired Netherlands in a crucial World Cup league match on Monday. Reeling under a seven-wicket defeat to South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Thursday, West Indies were dealt another blow when key all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.
Up against Netherlands next, the former world champions must overcome the twin setbacks if they are to put