Canadian National all-rounder RayyanKhan Pathan produced 2 inspiring performances to help Ambassadors Cricket Club secure a semi-final playoff spot in the SCA Elite 50 over tournament. The hard hitting top order batsman combined for 151 runs and 8 wickets in the last 2 preliminary games of the 2016 season. Below are the summarized scores for the games:
At Ashtonbee #2 ground on Saturday 24th September VS Bawa XI.
Ambassadors batted first and scored 277-9 from their allotted 50 overs with brot
hers Riyazkhan Pathan(65) and Rayyankhan Pathan(93) leading the way with the bat. The contrasting styles of the two batsmen proved a valuable asset in the partnership, as Riyaz rotated the strike and Rayyan played some of his typical shots , 8 of which went out of the gound. The other notable contribution came from Essequibian Narendra Madholall, batted patiently before he was bowled for a well composed
Bawa XI replied with 166 all out with Rayyankhan returning with the ball to grab 5-45 from 10 overs while Ryan Ramnarine and Richard Dias had 2 wickets apiece.
At Ashtonbee #1 ground on Sunday 25th September VS Highland Creek A.
Ambassadors won the toss and opted to bat first on cool day. Opener Sahil Nibber was bowled in the first over without scoring , Tristan Ali (24) and Ronald Ramnarine (40) repaired the early damage before Ali was yorked by a ball that swung late. Rayyankhan Pathan batted in his usual destructive mode , hitting 5 sixes on his way to 58 . When he departed the innings lost some momentum with only Craig Murdoch (30) offering some resistance. The innings was brought to a close by umpires after 40 over due to a slow over rate with the score on 192-7, thus Ambassadors were awarded penalty runs for the remaining overs.
Set 218 for victory, Canadian National batsman , Ruvindu Gunasekera hit a breezy 29 after he was put down in the 2nd over. Just as he was finding his groove, a mistimed shot off Rayyan Pathan brought his downfall. The innings never got going after that with Ryan Ramnarine snaring 4-17 and Pathan 3-24. Highland Creek were eventually all out for 117