Monday, October 24th, 2022


Worcestershire  overseas signing, Azhar Ali, continued his superb run of form by hitting another century for Central Punjab against Southern Punjab in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in Multan.

Azhar, who will be back at New Road next summer, struck 61 in the first innings and 108 in the second to help Central Punjab establish a strong position.

It means he has amassed 503 runs in just five knocks at an average of 100.60 since ending his first season with Worcestershire three weeks ago and flying back home to play in Pakistan’s first class competition.

Azhar’s 61 helped Central Punjab total 302 and they gained a first innings lead of 102 after dismissing their opponents for 200.

He then made 108 off just 126 balls with one six and 12 fours and put on 202 for the second wicket with Abdullah Shafique (114).

Central Punjab declared on 274-3, setting their opponents a 377 target, and they had reached 80-2 by the close of the third day.

Worcestershire keeper-batter, Gareth Roderick, made 47 for Green Point but ended up on the losing side as Rondebosch triumphed by one wicket in the Western Province Premier Division.

Roderick hit one six and three fours in his 52 ball knock and added 76 for the second wicket with Zac Elkin (78) as Green Point totalled 249-7 in 50 overs after being put in.

But the home side responded with 254-9 and won with four balls to spare at the Terry Eksteen Oval.