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Newham to celebrate superb season as Essex squad visit for annual cricket festival

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 August 2018

Newham Cricket Club are holding a special festival on Bank Holiday Monday

Newham Cricket Club are holding a special festival on Bank Holiday Monday

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Newham CC will host the Essex Development squad as part of their annual cricket festival on Bank Holiday Monday.

The match will feature Essex’s investment in its future in the shape of Newham and East London’s young talent, with the festival hosted in collaboration by Newham CC and the Newham Cricket Development Partnership.

The partnership aims to harness local talent and provide opportunities for Newham residents to engage in cricket in all its formats, at all levels and all abilities in the community, with the support of Essex Cricket.

And the festival celebrates what has been a very successful season for Newham’s first XI who won the Essex County League Premier Division title in style.

A 10-over competition for under-11 boys and girls living in Newham will take place from 10am until 1pm, with the main 45-over challenge match between Newham and Essex Development running from 11am until 6pm.

A Newham XI will also take on an East London Invitation XI from 2-6pm and Forhad Hussain, chair of the Newham Cricket Development Partnership, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Essex back to Newham for this fantastic festival of cricket.

“I encourage anyone with an interest in cricket to join us for an event that will epitomise the spirit of the game and outline the future of cricket in Newham, the capital of cricket in East London.

“We look forward to welcoming players, coaches and spectators visiting a new-look Flanders.”

For more information see the club’s website at newhamcc.com and follow them on facebook.

*Newham beat Barking by 17 runs in their penultimate match of the season to find themselves 81 points clear at the top.

Amit Midha (34) and Robin Bansal (32) got them off to a fast start with a half-century stand, but wickets fell at regular intervals after that.

Wasim Majeed (44 not out), Sajjad Mirza (31) and Aamir Shaukat (22) lifted the total to 184, but Barking reached 70-1 in reply.

Midha (5-30) claimed the vital scalps of Pulkit Gupta (70) and Ehsan Afzal (20), while Shaukat (2-32) took two wickets in two balls and Barking were all out for 167.

Captain Mirza said: “I’m very proud to be playing in this team and everyone deserves high praise. We fought until the end and snatched victory from under Barking’s nose.”

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