Another title for Newham College
PUBLISHED: 09:27 21 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:27 21 April 2016
Cricket squad land indoor honours at UEL
Newham College were crowned champions for the third year in a row and NewVic secured the runners-up prize with two wins on the final day of the Essex County Board’s FE “Chance to Shine” Indoor tournament at the UEL SportsDock.
Newham had already secured the title with a perfect record of 9-0, finishing 15 points ahead of second-placed NewVic.
And Newham captain Fasil Rahman was delighted with his team’s excellent season, saying: “This is my last year at the college and while we have had a lot of success, another unbeaten season is the icing on the cake.
“The boys have been brilliant and even though we lost half the team from last year, they continued on our proud cricketing traditions. I just want to say thank you to tournament co-ordinator Arfan Akram from UEL and Liana from Newham College who both help us out massively.”
Newham head coach Zaheer Daleel echoed his captain’s words, adding: “This has been a special year for the team and this competition in particular is the one we target at the start of every season.
“The team realise cricket in London is always at a high level and so to go a season unbeaten again is remarkable and testament to their ability and consistency. We fielded several new players this year and they truly rose to the occasion.”
For NewVic, the final day of the tournament was a very successful one as they defeated Waltham Forest by 27 runs and rolled George Monoux by 62 runs.
Against Waltham Forest, openers Shafi Mohammed and Ahsan Muhammad led from the front, building up a 59-run partnership before they both retired after reaching 25.
Each returned at the end of the innings and Mohammed finished with 35, while Muhammad made 30 as NewVic posted 129-5.
In reply, Imran Ahmad (24) and Sadiq Kamal (23) were the high scorers for Forest, but their innings were not enough as they fell well short of the target.
Mohammed provided the groundwork again for the NewVic innings in their second must-win match against George Monoux, as he scored 25 not out from 14 deliveries.
Mo Shahed also knocked 25 from just nine and Abdullah Khan raced away to 18 off seven balls as NewVic smashed 143-3.
George Monoux got off to a slow start as their openers each departed for just one run, before Ahsin Anwar struck 26 runs with one four and two maximums.
But Shahed took two for 21 in three overs as George Monoux were all out for 81.
Tower Hamlets and Barking & Dagenham were also in action, with Tower Hamlets achieving victory off the penultimate delivery with one wicket in hand, in another thrilling match in this year’s tournament.
With over 100 cricketers from 10 East London colleges taking part, Essex Cricket’s head of operations Dan Feist and UEL Director of Sport David Cosford praised the tournament.
Cosford said: “I am delighted that this year’s FE Indoor league has been a resounding success. As a Higher Education Institution it is vital that we encourage FE students onto campus.
“Many congratulations to Newham for winning again, they are becoming a powerhouse for local college cricket. I hope some of their students decide to study at UEL, where we too have a very successful team.”
Feist spoke highly of cricket’s role in the community, adding: “The FE indoor league continues to be a huge success in bringing a wide range of organisation and partners together to support physical activity and lifelong development.
“The support from UEL and the key partners in the area means that we can make sure cricket continues to play a pivotal role in exciting, engaging and enhancing the participants and the community.”
Akram congratulated the Chance to Shine initiative for their support, saying, “I am hugely grateful to the wonderful support given by Chance to Shine in supporting the league.
“This year it has allowed in total 102 students over 21 weeks from 10 different FE & Colleges to enjoy fast and furious Indoor Cricket at the magnificent state-of-the-art SportsDock complex.
“We have once again witnessed so much talent on show and it is great to see now that players and officials are progressing onto national and representative recognition, and huge congratulations to Newham on their success in not only this but the national competition.”
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