The final round of games in the Premier Division of the Quaid-e-Azam, 4 day Trophy.
Habib Bank v PIA – HBL crushed PIA by 243 runs with a day to spare. The bankers were bowled out for 128. PIA were 56 ahead going into the second innings. Former Test player, Hasan Raza lead the way with 141, as PIA were set 306 to win. HBL quicks bustled PIA out for a paltry 62. Seamer, Sarmad Anwar took match figures of 5/75. Special mention to Danish Kaneria, taking his 1000th First Class wicket. PIA still qualify for the showpiece Final on 20th Dec.
Karachi Blues v Islamabad – Blues 264 all out, Sami 37. Zohaib Ahmed continued his excellent touch with 66 as Islamabad gained a lead of 134. Blues scored 303 and Islamabad set an improbable 170 in 25 overs, batted out time with 78/0. Match drawn.
National Bank v WAPDA – National Bank scored 358. Fawad Alam 65. Rafatullah Mohmand top scored with 94 for WAPDA in their 270. Kamran Akmals side batted briskly to declare at 215, Alam 40, to leave WAPDA requiring 304. They fell 83 short, Rafatullah 51. Points to NBP.
Rawalpindi v Abbottabad – Abbottbad won by 6 wickets. Rawalpindi 237 all out, Usman Saeed 37. Abbottabad totalled 309. In their 2nd innings, Pindi were bowled out for 251, Usman Saeed 36. Abbottabad knocked off 158 inside 23 overs to end the season on a high.
Sialkot v Faisalabad – Sialkot batted consistently to tally 452. Test seamer, Abdur Rauf working hard for his 4/86. Faisalabad scored 173, Naved Latif 47. Sialkot opted to bat, rather than enforce the follow on and set Faisalabad 427. They fell 186 short. Zeeshan Butt 51, Rauf 30.
State Bank v ZTBL – ZTBL won the battle of the Banks, comfortably by an innings and 28 runs. ZTBL scored 263. State Bank struggle to 112, Mohtashim Ali with 44. They fared no better. International star, Rao Iftikhar, showed his pedigree with 6/37 as SBP fell for 123. ZTBL make the Final v PIA.
ZTBL, PIA 57 points, WAPDA 53, State Bank 47, Nat. Bank 41, Sialkot 39, Karachi Blues, Pindi 36, HBL 35, Abbottabad, Islamabad 27, Faisalabad 12
Sui Gas, Peshawar 72, Karachi Whites 57, KRL 42, United Bank 36, Lahore Ravi 33, Hyderabad 18, Quetta 15, Lahore Shalimar 9, Multan 0