The Wolves pounce
Mohammad Hafeez had the golden touch as Faisalabad Wolves took a big step towards the finals of the International 20:20 Club Championship with a 30-run victory over Somerset Sabres.
Mohammad Hafeez had the golden touch as Faisalabad Wolves took a big step towards the finals of the International 20:20 Club Championship with a 30-run victory over Somerset Sabres at Grace Road.
The Pakistan Test batsman not only hammered 79 off just 35 balls to propel the Wolves to a total of 207-5, he then claimed figures of 3-22 as the Sabres were dismissed for 177 in reply.
Consequently, Hafeez claimed the man-of-the-match award to give the Wolves a much-needed win after they were beaten in the bowl out by the Leicestershire Foxes yesterday.
He came out on top of the contest between the two big-hitters, as Ian Blackwell tried to lead Somerset to victory.
When the Wolves batted first, Hafeez hit six sixes and six fours, including four sixes in one over off Keith Parsons.
Somerset's chase of a 208-run target was very much a one-man show as well as Blackwell demonstrated why he is one of the most destructive batsmen in county cricket.
The big left-hander hammered 12 fours and two sixes in racing to 82 off only 48 deliveries, but once he holed out at long off, the outcome rarely seemed in doubt despite 41 from John Francis.