Newham pipped to title on last day
PUBLISHED: 11:30 03 September 2015
Rain ruins cricket club’s hopes
Newham saw their hopes of winning the Essex County League Premier Division title shattered in cruel fashion on a dramatic final day to the season.
They went into their last match against bottom club Redbridge Parks with a one-point lead over Ford, who were hosting Tennyson.
And after winning the toss they put the visitors into bat at Flanders Field, but the move backfired.
Parks piled up 310-9 from their 45 overs, as Sajjaz Mirza (2-10), Muhammad Farooq (2-52) and Amit Midha (2-78) nabbed braces for Newham.
The home side had reached 140-2 from 22 overs in reply, thanks to Midha (52), Farooq (31), Adnan Ashraf (26 not out) and Mujakkir Hussain (21 not out), when the heavens opened and no further play was possible.
And the league committee ruled that Parks were the winners of the shortened match, as Ford beat Tennyson in another rain-hit contest to leapfrog Newham and snatch the crown.
Bow Green lost to Ace Cricket & Sports Club in their basement battle to finish bottom of the table.
Eight-man Green were dismissed for just 82, before Ace eased to a 10-wicket triumph in just 11 overs.
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