Iqbal impresses with bat as Newham earn local bragging rights over Barking rivals

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 June 2017

Kashif Iqbal in batting action for Newham (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Kashif Iqbal in batting action for Newham (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Newham earned the bragging rights over east London neighbours Barking in their Essex County League Premier Division clash at Flanders Field.

Captain Sajjaz Mirza chose to bat after winning the toss and saw Kashif Iqbal anchor the home side’s innings.

Amit Midha (20) and Adnan Ashraf (24) made useful starts, but it was Iqbal who played the key role, holding firm to get to get to within 14 runs of a century.

Mirza contributed an unbeaten 42, with Zeeshans Aslam (27) run out from the last ball of the innings as Newham closed on 242-7 from their 45 overs.

Barking made a steady start in reply through openers Hasnain Qureshi (26) and Zohaib Hasan (24), before Iqbal and Mujakkir Hussain took their wickets.

The dangerous Pulkit Gupta fell cheaply to Wasim Majeed, but visiting captain Ehsan Afzal kept his side in the running with a half-century.

Majeed (2-39) struck again, though, and there was further success for Iqbal (2-30) and skipper Mirza (3-30), who secured a 20-run win for his side with 10 balls remaining.

Newham are set to host Aztecs at Flanders Field on Saturday.

The tables were turned in thr second-team meeting between the clubs in Division One as Barking batted first at Goodmayes Park and reached 193 in the 43rd over.

Muhammad Kamran (3-28) was the pick of the Newham attack, with Qamar Qureshi (2-27) and Aswad Mohammed (2-45) nabbing braces for the visitors.

But Newham’s batsmen were found wanting in reply, as wickets fell at regular intervals and they found themselves 61-8 at one stage.

Opener Asif Mahmood (24) and Rohan Pawar (39) were the only visitors to get into double figures as they were dismissed for a modest 107 inside 30 overs, with Moshin Latif (3-20) and Lakshay Vachani (3-30) sharing the bowling plaudits for Barking.

Newham thirds also tasted defeat against Hawks seconds in Division Two.

Muhammad Attiq Ur Rehman (3-21) and Mayank Singh (3-33) combined well to dismiss the home side for 152 in 36 overs, as Nishant Mittal (2-24) also got in on the act.

And Newham’s openers put on 30 in reply, before the visitors collapsed to 91 all out.

The two sides are due to meet again in a quick return at Flanders Field this weekend.

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