Finalists confirmed in Challengers Cup Silver Final
BPN and Al Futtaim Logistics confirmed their places in the Silver section final of the Challengers Cup at the state-of-the-art facilities of the ICC Academy at Dubai Sports City.
And their semi-final wins, against Infinity and Alec respectively, completed the finals line-up in the tournament that began with 27 teams vying for glory in three sections.
In the Gold section, which started with three sides, Oxford Marine will go head-to-head with the Knight Riders on Thursday night (26 February) after the duo earlier overcame SFS.
And in the Bronze part of the competition that, like Silver, began with 12 teams, Crystal Gallery and IM Galadari will battle for that title.
The Silver semi-finals saw contrasting encounters. The BPN – Infinity clash was in doubt right up to the final over that featured a dramatic swing to BPN as it won by 21 runs.
But in the Alec – Al Futtaim Logistics battle, Al Futtaim really ruled the match from start to finish and cruised home by 69 runs.
BPN batted first and made 68 but managed just six in the final three overs of its innings and that failure to press on looked as though it might cost the side dear.
The format of each match is that players in the eight-a-side contests bat in pairs for three overs each, with five runs deducted from a team total every time a wicket falls.
Infinity, in reply, looked on course for success when it needed 16 from the last three overs but the loss of four wickets in the last two overs turned the match on its head.
In the end, Infinity finished with 47 and was left to contemplate what might have been.
Alec lost 13 wickets batting first against Al Futtaim Logistics and that meant it could muster a total of only 12 runs.
Al Futtaim made light work of that target and lost just two wickets on the way to a final score of 81.