Pakistan Shaheens seal win over New Zealand ‘A’


Naseem Shah and Amad Butt shared six wickets between them to enable Pakistan Shaheens wrap up an 89-run victory over New Zealand ‘A’ in their four-day clash at the Cobham Oval in Whangarei on Sunday.

The hosts, who were chasing a target of 298 on the final day of this first-class match, were dismissed for 208 in their second innings. All-rounder Nathan Smith followed up his 40 in the first innings by top-scoring with a sedate 45 as New Zealand ‘A’ folded up in 64 overs.

New Zealand ‘A’ captain Michael Bracewell and Joe Carter scored 30 each, while tailender Ed Nuttall used the long handle to good effect in making an unbeaten 24 but it was to no avail as Pakistan Shaheens ran out easy victors.

Teenaged paceman Naseem took the key wickets of Ken McClure (22), Carter and Bracewell for 44 runs in his 12 overs. Amad, the all-rounder who bowls at decent pace, grabbed 3-38 in 11 overs while Yasir Shah claimed 2-55 in 17 overs and Sohail Khan — who went wicketless in the first innings, made the initial breakthrough by sending back opener Henry Cooper for his second failure of the match.