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Hamzah beats traffic to deliver star display with bat and ball

PUBLISHED: 12:30 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:30 11 February 2015

Newham College cricket team. Pic: Newham College

Newham College cricket team. Pic: Newham College

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Newham College beat NewVic by 56-runs

Newham College cricket team. Pic: Newham College Newham College cricket team. Pic: Newham College

Newham College cricket team beat road problems to face local rivals NewVic and win in the UEL FE Indoor Cricket League.

Heavy traffic meant Newham had to ditch public transport and run to reach the venue.

But it didn’t deter Newham’s batting as they made an excellent start through Hamzah Omar and Zeeshan Khan.

Boundary after boundary followed and both batsmen had to retire when they reached the 25-run limit after a half-century stand for the first wicket.

NewVic responded after Omar and Khan (27) retired and four quick wickets put them into a strong position.

But Omar (36) returned to hit more runs and help Newham reach 83-4 off their eight overs.

After top scoring, Omar showed his quality with the ball as he removed both NewVic opening batsmen in the first over.

Tariq Jan backed him up by also bagging two wickets in his first over as Newham took control.

That early blitz ensured NewVic would not even come close to their target, with Newham producing excellent fielding all round.

Omar (3-9) and Jan (3-15) both returned to pick up a third wicket each and bowl the opposition out for 27 by the end of the fourth over and lead Newham to a 56-run victory.

Newham are top of the table with six wins from six and captain Fasil Fajarul praised his team, saying: “We knew we had to perform well without having time to prepare or warm up, but what a performance.

“The team spirit and togetherness is there for all to see and we just want to keep it going now.

“As the coach always reminds us, we’re not thinking of personal records, milestones or anything like that, just one game at a time.”

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