Murtaza Sidiqi hits Co Kerry for a ton .... again
A year on from scoring the highest T20 innings total in Ireland - 150 from 65 balls, 20 year old Murtaza Sidiqi came back to haunt Co Kerry when he scored 175* from 138 balls at the Manor Fields on Sunday last. Having won the toss and batting first, Limerick found themselves 3 wickets down for just 47 runs when Murtaza joined Captain Zia Khan at the crease. A partnership of 60 steadied the ship before Zia was bowled by Khurram Iqbal in the 16th over. Murtaza's contribution of 33 from 65 balls gave little indication of what was yet to come. A partnership of 157 between Murtaza (81 off 72) and Farman Yousafzai (62 off 63) saw Limerick firmly in the driving seat before Farman was caught by Arsalan Anwar off the bowling of Ibrahim Khan in over 39. A further partnership of 70 runs with Sarfraz Ramay and a 53 run partnership with, his brother, Mustafa helped Limerick finish on 398 for 6 from their 50 overs. In reply, shell-shocked, Co Kerry were all out for 194 in 33.2 overs. Alam Morshed top-scoring with 46 while Owais Saghir contributed 42. For Limerick Zia Khan and Sajid Younus took 3 wickets for 20 and 33 respectively, winning by 204 runs and go second in the table behind defending champions, Cork County.