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Champions Newham finish title-winning season in style against bottom club Scintilla

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 August 2018

Newham face the camera (pic Tim Edwards)

Newham face the camera (pic Tim Edwards)

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Newham ended their Essex County League Premier Division title-winning season with a comfortable victory over bottom club Scintilla at Goodmayes Park.

Captain Sajjad Mirza (39) held firm at one end as wickets fell at the other, before Atesaam Syed (28) and Adnan Ashraf (51) scored crucial runs late on to lift the total to 208.

Scintilla’s chase didn’t go well as the Newham bowlers picked up regular wickets with little resistance offered.

Muhammad Farooq, Adnan Khan and 14-year old first-team debutant Oshada Pahalawithanage took three apiece to seal an 81-run victory for the champions who finished with 16 wins from 17 games played in the season.

The seconds were put into bat by Tennyson at Flanders Field and a quick start was undone by the openers falling in successive overs to leave them 38-2.

Patient batting by the middle order saw them recover to 101-5 and Anik Bhowmik (36) and Mahbub Ahsan put on a quickfire 83 runs for the sixth wicket.

Ahsan continued the onslaught on his way to 73 from 60 balls with some support from the tailenders taking Newham to 256 all out.

Tennyson openers batted aggresively in the powerplay overs but Newham struck back through captain Nishant Mittal who had both openers caught from consecutive balls.

Imran Mohammed and Qamar Qureshi also nabbed braces to leave Tennyson on 115-6 before a counterattacking partnership from Ibraheem Adam (50) and Dharmesh Cantilal (47) left the match back in the balance.

Anik Bhowmik changed from bowling spin to pace to have Ibraheem caught behind and Dharmesh was bowled out soon after by Vijay Rattanpal to hand control back to Newham, who sealed a 24-run win and finished fifth in Division One.

The thirds put hosts Aztecs and took regular wickets but couldn’t control the flow of runs as their rivals made 264-9 from 45 overs.

Vivek Gundoju picked up three wickets as Anuj Sharma and Kamal Hossain nabbed braces and Newham started well in reply with an opening stand of 75, before Abdur Rahman fell for 33.

Ravi Veshala made a brilliant 88 but Newham collapsed from 163-2 to 229 all out, despite late resistance from Karthikeyan Ganesan (31) as they finished fifth in Division Two.

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