Match 1: Oxford International Education Group vs University Of Essex
In the opening match, Oxford International Education Group batted first against University Of Essex. Opener Anas Sheikh set the tone with a quickfire 20 off 14 balls, followed by a blazing knock from M Salman who scored 43 off just 14 deliveries. However, Oxford International Education Group was restricted to 95/5 in 8 overs, thanks to Omer Sheikh’s impressive bowling performance, claiming 3 wickets for 18 runs. In response, University Of Essex chased down the target comfortably, with opener Adeel Jatoi smashing an unbeaten 50 off 22 balls, leading his team to victory by 7 wickets.
Match 2: Shorelight vs Oncampus Loughborough
In the second match, Shorelight faced Oncampus Loughborough. Shorelight struggled early on, losing three wickets quickly, with Shahzaib being the only notable batsman scoring 22 off 14 balls. Adam Viceroy’s bowling prowess saw Oncampus Loughborough restrict Shorelight to 84/6. In the chase, Oncampus Loughborough’s Taha Humayun stole the show with a breathtaking 54 off just 15 balls, guiding his team to a resounding 9-wicket victory.
Match 3: University of Essex vs Oncampus Loughborough
In the final match of the round, University Of Essex faced Oncampus Loughborough. University Of Essex posted a competitive total of 96/5, led by Shah Hasan’s 32 off 17 balls and supported by contributions from Zaeem and Hamza Zakaria. However, Oncampus Loughborough chased down the target convincingly, with opener Taha Humayun once again playing a pivotal role with 38 off 16 balls, and Bilal Bashir’s unbeaten 29 off 18 ensuring a comfortable 6-wicket victory. Despite a valiant effort by Hassan Mushtaq, who picked up 2 wickets, Oncampus Loughborough emerged victorious in a thrilling encounter.
Round one of the A.S. Overseas Education Consultants Cricket Blast 3.0 witnessed exciting matches and exceptional performances, setting the stage for an action-packed tournament ahead.