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By Eddie Norfolk
Adastrians retained the Quebec Cricket Federation Championship on Saturday by beating Pak-Can by 98 runs at Raymond Park, La Salle, Montreal.
Adastrians batted first but lost early wickets, struggling to 44 for 4. But they recovered to make a potentially assailable 227, but Pak-Can came up way short, dismissed for 129.
Canadian international Qaiser Ali starred with a century, mostly made during a pivotal fifth-wicket partnership of 136 runs with Ahmer Sultan. Sultan was bowled one short of a half-century. Vinod Takar pitched in with a useful unbeaten 34.
Pak-Can's innings began brightly with attacking shots from both openers but their 35-run stand eventually proved to be the pinnacle of the team's batting fortunes. The side at least showed promise against an experienced side that had been in devastating form with the bat as the Quebec season concluded.