Newham move clear at top of Premier Division table as Bansal claims maiden ton
PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 June 2018
Newham moved 19 points clear at the top of the Essex County League Premier Division table with victory at Grays.
Captain Sajjad Mirza chose to bat after winning the toss and saw Kashif Iqbal (26) continue his good form.
Adnan Ashraf (37), Wasim Majeed (30) and Aamir Shaukat (26) all contributed to a good total, but Newham’s hero was Robin Bansal, who made a steady start and then picked up the pace to blitz his way to 101 and his maiden century for the club.
The visitors were dismissed for 258 in the 39th over but bowled well in reply, with seamers Muhammad Farooq (2-30) and Adnan Khan sharing early wickets.
Grays managed to get back into the match to leave it finely balanced, so skipper Sajjad turned to his spinners and they delivered as Mohammed Zahid Khatri and Shaukat claimed important scalps.
Iqbal also picked up crucial wickets and bowled aggressively in the closing overs to finish with 4-32 and clinch a 15-run win.
Mirza said: “It was a great performance and great togetherness. We let a great batting start go to a bit of a waste, however we fought hard and bowled great from start to finish.
“Also our fielding was excellent from everyone and I can’t say enough about the effort.”
The seconnds welcomed Redbridge Parks to Flanders Field and chose to bat with Atesaam Syed (25) and Tariq Aslam (39) giving them a solid platform.
However, just as last week, the middle order failed to capitalise and batsmen gave their wickets away to some very good bowling and fielding.
Rohan Pawar’s 31 helped Newham to a below-par 160-9 in their 45 overs but Syed (3-18) struck twice in reply to reduce Parks to 15-2.
Ahsan Khan (50) was dropped as the visitors recovered to 124-4. before a couple of run outs set nerves jangling at 139-7. But Parks kept their nerve to seal a two-wicket win in the 34th over.
Newham thirds dismissed Hawks seconds for 114, as Muhammad Kamran (2-8), Akhil Talaulikar (2-12), Tabish Mahmood (2-22) and Mirza Sheheryar Baig (2-23) nabbed braces.
Newham raced to a five-wicket win in 17.1 overs, with Sudhanshu Sharma (30) and Muhammad Aamir (29 not out) the top scorers.