President’s Cup: SNGPL defeat HEC in final to clinch trophy

The final was held at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore

By Web Desk
May 12, 2024
The players of SNGPL team celebrate. - PCB

Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) won the President’s Cup Grade-1 trophy after defeating the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in the final today at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Chasing a target of 190 runs, SNGPL’s Haseebullah Khan remained not out and the top scorer of the match. He maintained a constant streak of hitting boundaries and sixes as he struck a fast hundred.

Haseebullah’s 101 off 79 balls took SNGPL over the line with 141 balls and eight wickets remaining.

The other notable performance from SNGPL’s innings was of Abdullah Shafique who got out after scoring just 36 runs off 46 deliveries.

HEC’s Mohammad Junaid and Aqib Liaquat took one wicket each.

Earlier, winning the toss, the SNGPL had put HEC to bat, who ended up posting a total of only 189 runs. Their highest scorer was Ghazi Ghori with just 30 runs off 49 deliveries. He struck a six and two boundaries in his innings.

Shahid Aziz and Muhammad Junaid scored 25 runs each while the team captain Muhammad Huraira got out after scoring just 10 runs.

The HEC batters couldn’t recover from the onslaught of SNGPL’s bowlers and got all out in just 45.4 overs of the innings.

SNGPL’s highest wicket-taker turned out to be Bilawal Bhatti who got three back-to-back wickets and further damaged the crumbling batting line-up of HEC.

Mohammad Ali, Shahnawaz Dahani and Yasir Shah claimed two wickets each.

The player of the match was awarded to Haseebullah.

SNGPL had defeated State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to seal a berth in the final in Lahore on Thursday.

Meanwhile, HEC advanced to the final after their semi-final against Ghani Glass was hit by rain at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore on Friday.

The tournament’s highest wicket-taker was Shahnawaz Dahani of SNGPL with 19 wickets at an average of 16.47 in seven innings.

The top-scorer of the President’s Cup was Hussain Talat of Ghani Glass with 364 runs at an average of 121.33 in five innings.

The tournament began on April 24 with seven departmental teams participating.