Cairo Vs Lahore:
The marquee matchup for Thursday was Cario v. Lahore, and had all the hallmarks to be an exciting, close affair. It was definitely exciting – for Cairo. Lahore was out of position right out of the gate with a number of players showing seconds before game time, and as a result Cairo put a mercy number on Lahore in the 1st and 5th innings, respectively. Cairo was firing on all cylinders throughout the game including over the yard blasts from Hassan Khan and Tamour Sheikh, as well as 25 hits including a 5 for 5 game from Saad Husain. Lahore top of the line-up couldn’t produce much with the top 3 batters – GM Aftab Sheikh, Amir Khalil and Asad Moten going 3 for 11 combined. The only bright spot for Lahore was the magnificent pitching by Fuzail Thakur (giving up 2 walks) which essentially went to waste. With this win Cairo can truly boast they are the team to beat; posting a 7-1-1 record with key members either getting married, or member of their family is getting married (perhaps that’s the key to a winning line-up?). Lahore is now 1-4 in their last 5, and GM Aftab Sheikh will use this game as an opportunity to re-tool his line-up.
Cairo 20 - Lahore 12
Lahore Vs Medina:
Lahore was looking to redeem themselves from the lambasting they received from Cairo, but, unfortunately the end result was the same. Lahore put up 3 runs in the first inning, with high-fives and smiles all around in the dugout thinking that’s all they would need against a short-handed Medina team (when are they not short-handed?) – boy were they wrong, very wrong. Medina had timely hitting across the line-up including a 5 RBI night from Tanseer “plays like he’s 30” Khawaja. We also had a glimpse Roberto Alomar fielding by Safwaan Khan – he would actually be a gold glove contender if he didn’t show up for his first game of the season on August 2 (you’re in school so it’s all good with us). Lahore wasn’t able to produce much including another lackluster outing from the top of their line up – GM Aftab Sheikh, Amir Khalil and Salim Jaichi going 3 for 9 combined. Lahore took their sorrows, their softballs and their two losses to Waton Kabab for a team dinner to strategize how they couldn’t produce more than 4 runs against Medina’s 3 outfielders (let’s all ponder that one for a moment)
Medina 13 - Lahore 4