Newham stay top of the table
PUBLISHED: 10:30 17 March 2016
A round-up of the latest games in the Essex County Board FE Chance to Shine indoor league
Norlington College picked up their second win and Newham defeated NewVic in a top-of-the-table clash in Week 18 of the Essex County Board FE Chance to Shine indoor cricket tournament at the UEL SportsDock.
Norlington won a thriller over George Monoux in a truncated match, with each side playing seven overs. George Monoux elected to bowl after winning the toss and had a successful time, allowing just one Norlington batsman to reach double figures.
Opener Shohaib Naseer scored 14 from 12 deliveries, but was bowled by Hanif Khan. Majeeb Mirzaman came in at number three and scored nine runs before his innings was ended early with a run out.
The rest of the order was quiet and at the end of their seven overs, Norlington were 61-5.
George Monoux got off to a weak start in the run chase, quickly losing their openers Khan (3) and Sanam Ali (5).
Hamza Shakeel revived the innings, bashing an unbeaten 22 from just 13 balls with one boundary.
But the remaining George Monoux batsmen were unable to build a solid partnership with him until near the end of the innings, when Ashar Rahim hit a quick-fire 12.
His late-innings heroics were not enough, though, as George Monoux fell short by one run after scoring 60-4. Naseer starred with the ball for his side, taking 2-8 in two overs of work.
The second match of the day was a battle of the undefeated as Newham (7-0) took on NewVic (6-0).
Newham were off to a flyer with their openers as Hamza Omar struck 28 off 21, whilst Zeeshan Khan hit a quick 10.
After Khan was bowled by Abdullah Khan, Muhammad Rahim came to the crease and scored 25 runs with three fours.
But two quick run outs sent the lower order into a downward spiral and Newham were only able to score 86 all out in 10 overs after a good start.
In reply, NewVic’s opener Mo Shahed led the way with 22 runs, but his partner Sagar Joshi was bowled by Omar for six runs, and his replacement Shafi Mohammed added just three to the score.
Azlan (10) and Arafat Bhuiyan (11) built up a nice partnership but then Azlan was caught and bowled by Rahim, leaving the run chase in the hands of Arafat and Abdullah Khan.
They continued to draw closer to the line until they required just nine runs with two wickets in hand, but then Rahim struck again.
The Newham bowler took Khan’s wicket off the second ball of the final over, but Bhuiyan took his side to needing just four runs off the final two deliveries.
Rahim continued his heroics, though, as he dismissed Bhuiyan off the penultimate bowl and Newham won by three runs.
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