EurAsia Cricket Series Tournament
Abu Dhabi, April 22 to May 5 2006The tournament runs from April 22nd until May 5th, and features the 'A 'teams of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Holland and Ireland, with the full UAE side completing the line up.
Ireland will be the only associate nation taking part and their invitation to the tournament is seen as reward after they qualified for the World Cup finals.
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EurAsia Cricket Series Schedule
Abu Dhabi, April 22 to May 5 2006
Groups:Group A: India, Holland, Pakistan.
Group B: Sri Lanka, UAE and Ireland.
Match schedule:League stage 1:
April 22: Ireland v UAE
April 23: India v Holland
April 24: Sri Lanka v Ireland
April 25: Pakistan v Holland
April 27: Sri Lanka v UAE
April 28: India v Pakistan
League stage 2:
April 29: India v UAE
April 29: Sri Lanka v Holland
May 01: Pakistan v Holland
May 02: India v Ireland
May 03: Sri Lanka v Pakistan
May 04: UAE v Ireland
May 05: India v Pakistan
Ireland vs UAE
UAE Won by 8 wickets
They skittled out Ireland for a modest 132 in 46.4 overs and hit the winning runs in 27 overs for the loss of two wickets to win with a bonus point in group A that also include Sri Lanka A.
Abdul Rehman (37 not out) and Saqib Ali (32 not out) shared an unbroken 81-run stand for the third wicket to see their side through after openers Arshad Ali (7) fell when the total at 18 and Amjad Javed was next out after a breezy 33 at 52.
Abdul Rehman hit five fours and a six over mid wicket in his 71-ball knock, and Saqib struck half-a-dozen fours and faced 64 deliveries.
Ireland, although fielding a second string side, were made to toil throughout their inning following a double strike from Ali Asad, which left them two wickets down for one run the bowler conceded off a first ball wide.
The lanky medium pacer trapped opener Jason Molins (0) and had William Porterfield caught behind by Abdul Rehman for a first ball duck, but missed out on the hat trick in the next over.
Conor Armstrong joined by wicket keeper batsman Gary Wilson made a partial recovery with a 38-run stand before paceman Zahid Shah produced another double strike to leave Ireland at 39 for four. Armstrong went for a wild swing and was caught behind by Abdul Rehman, and Mark Hutchinson was trapped in front three deliveries later to leave the Ireland inning in tatters. Wilson braved the 40 degrees heat in the after noon to salvage some pride for his country after Ireland had won the toss and elected to bat first. Wilson played the anchor role until run out to a throw from Amjad Javed, having faced 135 deliveries and striking two fours for a top score of 58, and ending a valuable 36-run stand for the eighth wicket with Roger Whelan. Ireland A Team: JAM Molins, CM Armstrong, WTS Porterfield, GC Wilson, MK Hutchinson, JF Mooney, KJ O'Brien, DD Simpson, RK Whelan, GE Kidd, TRS Britton.
United Arab Emirates Team: Amjad Javed, Arshad Ali, Abdul Rehman, Saqib Ali, Khurram Khan, Mohammad Tauqir, Zahid Shah, Shoaib Sarwar, Ali Asad, Naeemuddin Aslam, Fahad Usman.
ScoresResult: United Arab Emirates won by 8 wickets
Toss: Ireland A
Man of the Match: GC Wilson
Ireland A innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4 6 JAM Molins lbw b Ali Asad 0 4 5 0 0 CM Armstrong c Abdul Rehman b Zahid Shah 17 64 42 0 0 WTS Porterfield c Abdul Rehman b Ali Asad 0 1 1 0 0 GC Wilson run out 58 173 135 2 0 MK Hutchinson lbw b Zahid Shah 0 3 3 0 0 JF Mooney lbw b Mohd Tauqir 9 26 13 0 0 KJ O'Brien b Khurram Khan3 21 17 0 0 DD Simpson lbw b Arshad Ali 1 10 4 0 0 RK Whelan not out 19 66 52 1 0 GE Kidd run out 4 4 3 1 0 TRS Britton run out 0 9 6 0 0 Extras (b 1, lb 8, w 12) 21 Total (all out, 46.4 overs) 132 FoW: 1-1 (Molins), 2-1 (Porterfield), 3-39 (Armstrong), 4-39 (Hutchinson), 5-64 (Mooney), 6-81 (O'Brien), 7-85 (Simpson), 8-121 (Wilson), 9-128 (Kidd), 10-132 (Britton). Bowling O M R W Ali Asad 7.4 1 17 2 (4w) Shoaib Sarwar 5 0 28 0 Zahid Shah 5 1 14 2 Mohammad Tauqir 10 2 16 1 Arshad Ali 9 2 17 1 Khurram Khan 10 2 31 1 UAE innings (target: 133 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4 6 Amjad Javed c Mooney b Armstrong 33 40 24 7 0 Arshad Ali c Wilson b Mooney 7 14 12 1 0 Abdul Rehman not out 37 102 71 5 1 Saqib Ali not out 32 75 64 6 0 Extras (lb 2, w 9, nb 13) 24 Total (2 wickets, 27 overs) 133 DNB: Khurram Khan, Mohammad Tauqir, Zahid Shah, Shoaib Sarwar, Ali Asad, Naeemuddin Aslam, Fahad Usman. FoW: 1-18 (Arshad Ali), 2-50 (Amjad Javed). Bowling O M R W Whelan 4 0 28 0 (3nb) Mooney 6 0 24 1 (2nb, 4w) Armstrong 2 0 17 1 (5w) O'Brien 4 1 14 0 (2nb, 2w) Kidd 5 1 15 0 (1nb) Britton 4 2 13 0 Simpson 2 0 20 0 (1nb, 2w)
Zayed International Cricket Stadium
Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu DhabiThe new stadium, a bare fifteen minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, promises a new era of sport in the Emirate. The Zayed Cricket Stadium, named after the UAE President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is a mutli-million dirham project that has been funded and supported by the Abu Dhabi Government with the aim of turning Abu Dhabi into a world class venue for international cricket tournaments. The architectural design of the stadium is itself bound to attract attention. The facility has an18000-seat capacity with eight pitches, five of these of turf. A massive curved shade canopy covering the Grand Stand pavilion is the highlight of the stadium. It is the largest unsupported structure of any cricket stadium, weighing around 1,000 tonnes and has three pillars placed behind at the centre, symbolising the three cricket stumps.
The latest technology is being used for lighting and scoreboards to ensure accepted international standards for televising matches.
Harbhajan Singh Memorabilia
Singh's Magnificent Hat Trick
On the 1st Day of the 2nd Test, India versus Australia, in March 2001, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Harbhajan Singh achieved what no other Indian cricketer had ever done - he snared a magnificent Hat Trick.
Limited Edition Magnificent photographic collage of the three dismissals with the hat trick at Calcutta capturing photograph in each piece being personally signed by Harbhajan Singh. Each piece .encased in a timber frame with Perspex glazing and is supported by A-Tag microchip authentication technology, and comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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