Essex County League derby delight for Newham
PUBLISHED: 09:48 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:01 16 May 2017
Captain Mirza hits century against Bow Green
Newham enjoyed a convincing Essex County League Premier Division win over derby rivals Bower Green at Flanders Field on Saturday.
Captain Sajjad Mirza led the way with the bat, scoring exactly 100 as his side piled up 314-8 from their 45 overs.
And wickets were shared between three Newham bowlers as Green came up short on 262 after a gallant run chase.
Mirza chose to bat first after winning the toss and saw Kashif Iqbal (22), Tariq Aslam, Adnan Ashraf (34) and Wasim Majeed (32) make starts to help them reach 131-4.
And Amit Midha then joined his captain in a 138-run stand for the fifth wicket, hitting seven fours in his 51 from 58 balls, as Mirza went on to score 100 from 105 deliveries before being run out, having hit five sixes and nine fours.
Some big hitting lower down the order helped Newham pass the 300-mark, as Leon Huntley (2-34) took the bowling honours for Green, who were soon up against it as Muhammad Farooq (3-33) took three quick wickets.
Opener Craig Ramsey tried to rally the visitors, smashing eight sixes and 10 fours in a whirlwind 124 off just 57 balls, but Majeed (3-35) and Iqbal (3-35) enjoyed success with the ball to keep Newham on top.
And despite a dogged effort from captain Leon Huntley (42), 10-man Green were eventually dismissed for 262 in the 42nd over.
The seconds went down by 61 runs against Grays in Division One, after seeing their hosts pile up 344-7.
Aswad Mohammed (2-49) and Muhammad Amjad (2-61) nabbed braces for Newham, but Anas Farhan’s unbeaten 103 saw Grays to a commanding total.
Newham reached 72-0 in 10 overs thanks to openers Mohammed (30) and Muhammad Ahsan (29), but wickets then fell at regular intervals.
And despite the efforts of Riyaz Sheikh (53 not out) and Amjad (46), with late runs from Hammad Ur Rehman (29), the visitors came up short on 283-9.
The thirds put Grays seconds into bat and saw them reach 298, despite a fine haul from Mayank Singh (4-29) and braces from Nishant Mittal (2-45) and Mirza Sheheryar Baig (2-50).
Asif Mahmood made 80 in reply, with Junaid Ilyas (33) and Baig (27) chipping in, but Grays’ captain Shakil Ahmed (5-34) took a hat-trick to seal a 31-run win.
Newham’s first Sunday team won the toss and elected to bat against Gagan CC, scoring 266 all out.
Wasim Majeed top-scored with a century for Newham, whilst Azmat Rafique (45) and Adnan Ashraf (45) both made valuable contributions.
In reply, Gagan fell well short on 155, with Mujahid Shah the pick of Newham’s bowlers with five wickets.
The second team won the toss against West Ham & Stratford CC and scored 265 after electing to bat.
The bulk of the runs ere shared between Qasim Ali (56), Manav Patel (47), Noman Islam (30) and Arsalan Khan (23 not out), before Newham’s bowlers then put West Ham & Stratford to the sword to skittle them out in 29 overs for 113.
Arsalan Khan (3-38), Muhammad Attiq Ur Rehman (3-40) and Qasim Alis (2-5) did the damage in the 153-run victory.
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