LAHORE          -          Central Punjab’s Umar Akmal recorded his second double-century in first-class cricket on day three of the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final against Northern at National Stadium, Karachi on Sunday. The middle-order batsman made 218 runs from 265 balls, adding 95 runs to his overnight score. He cracked 20 fours and eight sixes, which played a vital role in helping his side pile up a 421-run first innings lead, as Central Punjab declared on 675 for eight. Umar got the desired assistance from Zafar Gohar, who scored 99 from 168 balls, hitting 12 fours and two sixes. The pair stitched a solid 215-run partnership for the sixth-wicket before Zafar was dismissed off Faizan Riaz’s bowling. For Northern, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Musa and Faizan picked up two wickets each. In their second innings, Northern were 109 for two when stumps were drawn. Nineteen-year-old Haider Ali was the star performer with his unbeaten 50. The young opener crafted a 75-run opening partnership with Zeeshan Malik, who scored 38 with six fours, before falling to Bilal Asif. Haider, who has smashed seven fours in 113 balls, will be joined by Faizan at the other end today (Monday). They will have a daunting task of surmounting the 312-run trail to avoid an innings defeat. Umar Amin (17) was the other batsman to fall, as he nicked Faheem Ashraf to be caught behind.

SCORES IN BRIEF

NORTHERN 254 all-out, 61 overs (Faizan Riaz 116, Rohail Nazir 80; Faheem Ashraf 5-54, Bilal Asif 3-37, Aizaz Cheema 2-56) and 109-2, 36 overs (Haider Ali 50 not out, Zeeshan Malik 38).

CENTRAL PUNJAB 675-8d, 155.1 overs (Umar Akmal 218, Azhar Ali 119, Zafar Gohar 99, Salman Butt 74, Babar Azam 69, Kamran Akmal 41; Faizan Riaz 2-62, Mohammad Musa 2-115, Nauman Ali 2-183).