Essex County League Premier Division: Newham finish with victory, but face nervous wait to see if they are crowned champions
PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 August 2017
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Impressive all-round performance from Kashif Iqbal last weekend helped Sajjad Mirza’s side conclude their campaign with win over Hawks
Newham’s first-team sit top of the Essex County League Premier Division going into the final weekend of the league season, but they will have to sit tight and wait before finding out whether they have done enough to be crowned champions.
Sajjad Mirza’s team ended their campaign with a 43-run victory at home to Hawks to remain in first position.
But if Barking win away to Roding Valley on Saturday it will be enough for them to claim the title.
Newham kept their part of the bargain with a solid team display at Flanders Field last weekend.
Hawks won the toss and elected to field first, which seemed a wise decision when Amit Midha and wicket-keeper Adnan Ashraf went for single figure scores of one and eight respectively.
Opener Kashif Iqbal stuck around to score 26 and was well supported by captain Mirza, who went on to hit 40.
Wasim Majeed also fell 10 short of his half century, but number seven Aamir Shaukat (50) hit fifty down the order to help Newham reach 179-8 from his 45 overs.
Hawks made a decent start in reply with Kirk Samuels (28) and Lance Lord (42) putting on a good partnership for the third-wicket.
Midha showed his class by picking up 3-12 from eight overs and when Shaukat ran out Lord it helped Newham get back on top.
Iqbal capped a good all-round day by claiming 2-26 from his six overs and Nishant Mittal (2-19) and Shaukat (2-32) nabbed braces, as the visitors were all out for 136.
Newham’s victory keeps them first and all eyes will now be on how Barking fare at Roding Valley to see who is crowned champion of the Premier Division.
The second-team are in action this weekend and will look to defeat third-placed Hamilton Lions at Flanders Field.
Muhammad Kamran’s team only just edged past Shane Moss last Saturday to claim an eighth win of the campaign.
Hammad Ur Rehman excelled with the ball and took 6-39 from his nine overs to ripe through the home batting line-up.
Captain Kamran (2-10) and Aswad Mohammed (2-2) also did some damage, as Shane Moss were dismissed for 72.
Newham struggled in reply, but were indebted to number four Aadil Hussain (24*) and lower-order batsman Mohammed (29*) who got the second-team across the line by four wickets with 28 overs to spare.
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