Both sides overcame their opposition convincingly to set up a title decider
Mideast Metals trounced Dubai Mammoths and GEMS Education proved they were superior to Old School Boys with a three-wicket win in the semi-finals of the DCC Ramadan League.
Mideast Metals won the toss and invited Dubai Mammoths to bowl at The Sevens. Mohammed Farooq was quick to make Vinay Tolani (2) one of his four victims. But thereafter it was a struggle for Mideast as Sheridan Hadfield and Prashanth Braggs stitched a 53-run partnership.
Hadfield’s stay at the crease was brief but in those 12 balls, he struck two sixes and three boundaries for his 26. Jawed Siddique joined Prashanth but before they could settle down Farooq had Prashanth too joining Hadfield in the dressing room after the one-down batsman scored 32 from 28 balls which came off three sixes and a four.
Farooq made CTK Mashood his fourth victim to have Dubai Mammoths reeling on 65-4. But Siddique’s 59 from 40 balls ensured Mammoths reached 197.
In the end even that was not sufficient as man of the match Ali Anwar, who had taken two wickets, blazed his way to an unbeaten 85. His knock was studded with seven maximums and three boundaries and came off 50 balls.
Irfan Ashraf applied the finishing touches with an unbeaten 17 from 11 balls to hand Mideast victory by four wickets.
In the other semi-final GEMS Education bowlers kept Old School Boys quiet by restricting them to 152 for 8. In reply, man of the match Shuja Haider struck 75 (47 balls, 4×6, 8×4) and Ali Tipu Sultan 28 (21 balls, 1×6, 4×4) to help GEMS post a three-wicket victory.