Mixed fortunes for Newham cricket club

PUBLISHED: 15:30 20 June 2017

Kashif Iqbal in batting action (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Kashif Iqbal in batting action (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Mixed fortunes for Newham Cricket club in their Essex County League Premier Division fixture.

The first team continued a good run of form and remain at the top of the league with a game in hand over Ace Cricket Club and Sports Club after beating Aztecs.

Newham won the toss and elected to bat first in the scorching temperatures at Flanders Field, with all batsmen making promising starts, led by opener Kashif Iqbal (80) and Adnan Ashraf (50), who came in at number three.

The middle order also made valuable contributions, including Waseem Majid (45) and skipper Sajjad Mirza (70), while additional runs throughout the batting line-up helped Newham reach 359-9 off their 45 overs.

Chasing a challenging 360, a number of Aztecs batsmen made promising starts, with Arif Ali (40), Muhib Khan (40) and Satbir Singh (48 not out) all putting in solid efforts to build a platform for Aztecs to chase from.

Scoreboard pressure eventually told and Newham’s bowlers – led by Majeed and Amit Midha who took three wickets each, sealed the victory, bowling Azetcs out for 258 in 39 overs.

The seconds luck wasn’t so good, as they lost by three wicket to Ford, after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Newham lost an early wicket, but recovered well to reach 63-1 after 10 overs, with Muhammad Ahsan (38) coming in at number three.

Quick wickets then pegged the visitors back to 85-4 before steady middle order batting saw an 87-run partnership between Qmar Qureshi (51) and Rohan Pawar (39) helped Newham reach 221-9 from their 40 overs.

The hosts opening batsmen made a promising start with Imran Adil (19) and Amir Riaz (51) – putting on 55 runs before the first wicket fell.

Newham’s bowlers struck at regular intervals to reduce Ford to 164-7 with Mirza Sheheryar Baig (3-34).

Khuram Shazad (51 not out) and number Khuram Cheema (18 not out) put on 58-run eighth wicket partnership to lead Ford to a three-wicket victory.

The thirds also suffered defeat, after winning the toss, as they fell to two early wickets against Hawks.

A third-wicket partnership between stand-in skipper Hasnain Naeem (25) and Hameed (35) kick-started the innings.

However, a batting collapse followed and Newham succumbed to 126 all out.

Hawks made light work to reach the total – opener Mohammad Siddiqui led the charge with 50 runs to help the visitors reach 130-4 from 21.3 overs.

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