Nomads’ Captain Andrew elected to bat first after winning the toss on a beautiful-wicket at the beautiful batting paradise of “Hong Kong Cricket Club” at noon on 31st March 2012. Ghulam Mustafa & Ninad Shah started the bowling for Tartars and had good success, taking 2 early wickets. But as soon as the ball lost its shine the batters began to have some fun with it and started batting very well. They scored 178 runs and were finally all out in the 35th over with our spinners having a very good day with Daood Ashfaq (4 for 38) and Devang Shah (1 for 12) taking wickets. They were supported by Afzaal Haider (2 for 28) and by Suhaib Ahmed, Ninad Shah & Ghulam Mustafa who each shared one wicket each.
It was a good target to chase for Tartars and Kinchit Shah took full responsibility of the batting and stood there until the end, ending up not-out on 64 with Tartars beating their arch rivals by 3 wickets. This victory in the last match of the preliminary rounds of the league meant that Tartars qualified for the semi-finals and set themselves up against Nomads in the semis at HKCC. Wicket-Keeper Muhammad Khan scored an excellent 45 runs; Miten Khatri scored a solid 21 runs and Ghulam Mustafa hit a responsible 18 runs to help Kinchit win the match in the end.