ISLAMABAD - Essco Cricket Club beat Classic Cricket Club by 28 runs in the second match in running played here at National Ground Thursday.

After losing the first match by 39 runs the other day, Classic Club requested Essco to play another match, which was duly obliged by Essco skipper. Thanks to brilliant performances by Umer Abid Kiyani and Naqash, Essco recorded another remarkable victory against one of the top clubs of the capital.

Batting first, Essco piled up 301-4 in 40 overs with Umer Abid hammering 101 off 70 balls while Naqash hit 90, Ahsan unbeaten 47 and Munir-ur-Rehman Tanzil 44. Bashir bagged 3-45. In reply, Classic Club was bowled out for 273 runs in 39.5 overs. Ahmed scored 60 and Sajawal Riaz 57. Munir was pick of Essco bowlers as he claimed 3-43, while Ahsan Karim, Hassan Sultan and Mohsin Ahmed took two wickets each.