Abid hits ton for CP; Aamir bags eight.

KARACHI -- Central Punjab opener Abid Ali scored his first century after a case of Acute Coronary Syndrome last year kept him away from cricket for four months.

The right-hander smaAshed 159 off 287 balls to help his team to 418-7 against Khyber PakhtAunkhwa - who had posted a first innings total of 436 - in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy seventh-round match at the LCCA Ground in Lahore on Friday.

Abid struck 21 fours and two sixes in his knock and also collaborated with fellow opener Abdullah Shafique - who missed out on a century by just a run - for 209. Abdullah's 168-ball knock was studded with 11 fours and two sixes.

Central Punjab batter Tayyab Tahir also chipped in with 62 runs on the contest's third day, which saw Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain Khalid Usman take three wickets.

At the Abbotabad Cricket Stadium, Northern's pace all-rounder Aamir Jamal took eight wickets to help his team restrict Balochistan to 375. Aamir surpassed his previous first-class best of 5-38.

Captain Asad Shafiq was the top-scorer for Balochistan with 131, while Haris Sohail added 66. Northern were 48 runs behind Balochistan at stumps.

In Rawalpindi, the match between Sindh and Southern Punjab entered into an interesting stage just ahead of the final day when opener Khurram Manzoor's century gave the former a hefty 340-run lead.

Khurram smashed 121 while Saad Khan chipped in with 70. The...

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