LAHORE: In the last match of the single-league event at the Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday, Central Punjab bagged the Second XI National T20 Cup title with a seven-wicket win over Northern.
Win-less Northern finished on the last spot the Nauman Anwar, led side topped the six-team points table with four wins from their five matches.
Central Punjab repaired the 134-run target with 11 balls to spare a winning 57-ball 66 by Junaid Ali set up the relaxed conquest. After Nauman made a quick fire 26 from 13 balls hitting four fours and a six the wicketkeeper-batsman took the lead role in the innings was dismissed, Athar Mehmood, who took two wickets for 36 runs the wicketkeeper-batsman took the lead role in the innings.
Northern managed a meager 133 for eight after their captain Nauman Ali elected to bat. Aamer Jamal’s 24-ball 38 not out built-in four sixes provided some break to the defending, champions had half of their batting line-up back in the pavilion for just 37 runs.
In the innings as he hit a six and two fours in his 33 off 28 balls, Sarmad Bhatti was the other notable run-getter.
“It has been an exciting journey and we got to play some quality cricket despite the Covid-19 protocols in place,” Nauman Anwar told pcb.com.pk. “We have really enjoyed our time over the last two, three weeks. Each player of our team raised his hand when the situation demanded and delivered is the reason behind our success in this event.
“The most memorable match for us was our opening match, which was against Sindh. The Central Punjab-Sindh rivalry always brings out the best from all the players what made it further exciting was the fact that it went deep into the last over,” Nauman added.
Akram Raza the head coach of Central Punjab Second XI team, said: “I have been working extensively with most of these players since the last year and I can comfortably say that these players have a great potential and a lot of hunger to progress.”
At six points, each finished second and third Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Southern Punjab locked. Sindh and Baluchistan ended their journey on fourth and fifth positions.
Scores in brief: Northern 133-8, 20 over’s Aamer Jamal 38 not out, Sarmad Bhatti 33, Waqas Maqsood 3-23, Kamran Afzal 2-14, Mohammad Ali 2-30
Central Punjab 134-3, 18.1 over’s Junaid Ali 66 not out, Nauman Anwar 26; Athar Mehmood 2-36