Buoyant Bost clinch the title

An irrepressible partnership by young centurion Munir Ahmad and skipper Najibullah Zadran helped Bost beat the tournament favorites and defending Champions Speenghar by 5 wickets to become the champions of the second season of Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One-Day Tournament.

It looked tough for Bost when they lost their fourth wicket still needing 181 runs off 26 overs. They needed their skipper and hero of the previous match, Najibullah Zadran to deliver once again and get them home. And he did deliver, this time overshadowed by an amazing display of batting by youngster Munir Ahmad who rose the occasion and scored a well-played century to get his team home after Najibullah lost his wicket in 46th over with Bost still needing 14 runs.

Earlier, having won the toss, Bost elected to field first. Speenghar lost wickets at regular intervals and were 111/4 when in-form wicket-keeper batsman Ikram Alikhel was out. Speenghar were counting on veteran Batsman Samiullah Shinwari, who smashed 192 runs in the last match, to post a high total on board. However, he got out after scoring 36 runs. Tariq Stanikzai and Tahir Khan followed with cameos of 32 and 27 runs respectively.

It was all left to hard hitting batsman Azmatullah Omarzai to take Speenghar to a competitive total. He delivered with a stunning innings of 66 runs which included six maximums and two boundaries. He was well supported by Fareed Malik, who scored a valuable cameo of 41 runs off just 30 balls.

Munir Ahmad was declared player of the match.

Amo’s Sharafuddin Ashraf’s great all-round performance in the tournament earned him the Best Player of the tournament award while Band-e-Amir’s Najat Masood bagged the Best Bowler prize for his 13 wickets in the tournament. Speenghar’s Samiullah Shinwari was acknowledged as the Best Batsman of the tournament for his 398 runs at an amazing average of 79.6 runs per match.