Newham beat Bow Green in West Ham Park derby to get season off to winning start
PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 May 2018
Newham began the new Essex County League Premier Division season with a comfortable derby win over Bow Green at West Ham Park.
Having seen their first fixture of the campaign with Grays fall victim to the wet weather a week earlier, captain Sajjad Mirza chose to bat after winning the toss.
Openers Kashif Iqbal and Robin Bansal (30) put on 63 for the first wicket, with Adnan Ashraf (39) helping to add another 73.
Iqbal was eventually dismissed for 68 to leave the visitors 181-4, but Mirza and last man Mohammed Zahid Khatri made it into double figures to lift the total to 223-9 after 45 overs.
Valentine Deeble (4-40) was the pick of the bowling for Bow Green, who struggled with the bat in reply.
Debutant Adnan Khan (4-50) produced a fine new-ball spell to dismiss four of the top five and help reduce Green to 44-6, before Lamuel English offered some resistance and got to within four runs of a half-century.
English eventually fell to Wasim Majeed, with Amit Midha (2-20) nabbing a brace to help clinch a 98-run victory for Newham, who host Roding Valley at Flanders Field this weekend.
The second string also won against newly promoted Redbridge, despite losing one of their openers in the first over.
Muhammad Ahsan (86) and Atesaam Medhi Syed (120 not out) were supported by some good middle order hitting as Newham posted a challenging 293-8.
Syed carried his bat in a superb innings to put Newham on top and Redbridge lost wickets early in their reply to a combination of good bowling and poor running, resulting in two run outs.
Some confident batting down the order saw them get past 150, but it wasn’t enough as they were all out for 167 with the wickets shared amongst the bowlers and Mayank Singh getting two run outs as well.
The thirds were unablee to complete a perfect day for the club, though, as they lost at Roding Valley seconds, despite a patient unbeaten 62 from Anuj Sharma.
Newham recovered from the loss of early wickets to reach 157-8 and kept their bowling tight to make Roding Valley work hard.
Debutant Narsing Manchallaway took three wickets for Newham, but Sarfaraz Ahmed’s 64 proved enough as Roding won by four wickets.