PESHAWAR: Dera Ismail Khan clinched the Twenty20 Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Inter-Region Cricket Championship, defeating a combined team from Kohat and Bannu by 34 runs in the final. Dera Ismail Khan managed a competitive 134 for eight batting first. Opener Ilyas Khan and Zeeshan top-scored with 21 runs each. Left-arm spinner Zeeshan starred with three wickets for Kohat-Bannu. In reply, Kohat-Bannu were bowled out for just 100 despite getting off to a fine start, with Wisal making 27 and Amir scoring 31. But Hidayatullah and Waheed took three wickets each to ensure victory for Dera Ismail Khan.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 30th, 2011.