Thrilling win for Newham and dominance from Leyton
PUBLISHED: 11:45 14 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:45 14 January 2016
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Newham College fought their way to a penultimate-delivery win while Leyton Sixth Form picked up a dominant victory as the Essex County Board’s FE “Chance to Shine” tournament returned at the UEL SportsDock.
Leyton won the toss against Barking & Dagenham and went in to bat, with Ummar Ibrahim and Sohaib Kayani starting well and leading their side to 33-0 before they were dismissed from consecutive balls in the fourth over.
The two new batsmen, Hassan Ali and Arsh Sheikh, provided an even better partnership for in-form Leyton as Ali bashed 25 runs off just 12 deliveries with one six and one four and Sheikh struck six threes to reach 18.
Both men were run out by Nasir Mohammed, who had also caught out Kayani and produced the second-best bowling figures for his side.
But Mohammed’s performance could not stop Leyton finishing their innings on 118-5.
Leyton’s bowling was loose at the start, but the Barking & Dagenham batsmen struggled to get bat to ball.
Kamran Ali was run out by Zain Haidrey with the score on 17, but all the runs had been extras.
Ali’s partner Abdul Rehman also went for duck and Barking & Dagenham found themselves deep in trouble.
Wali Khan did not help matters with a six-ball duck, but Raj Jogi was able to put together a decent innings of 13 from nine deliveries.
The required run rate continued to climb, but in the end it hardly mattered at Leyton bowled out their opponents in 6.3 overs to take a 52-run win.
In the second match of the day, Newham were given a tough test by Waltham Forest College.
Forest sent Newham out to field, but their batsmen started poorly as Ahsan Tanveer was run out for one run by Atesaam Syed.
Sadiq Kamal fared little better as he was run out for three by Muhammad Rahim, but opener Hamza Ghulam and Imran Ahmad were brilliant for Forest.
Ghulam knocked three boundaries on his way to 27 from 18 balls and Ahmad was even better, hitting 25 off 13.
Ahmad returned at the end to add more runs and finish with 31, while Rizwan Khan continued the onslaught, scoring 18 with a strike rate of 225!
Faizan Baig finished off the innings in style, notching 19 from seven balls, with one six and a four.
Newham then came in to chase Forest’s 112-4 and their innings was very different as their batsmen got off to a flyer.
Hamza Omar was solid, scoring 15 from 15 and Zeeshan Khan was his usual brilliant self, retiring out on 25 and then returning to notch six more runs later in the innings.
The middle order went fairly cheaply as the match swung back into Forest’s favour, with Muhammad Rahim caught out for 13 and Arsalan Khan caught and bowled by Tanveer for a duck.
Fasil Fajarul was run out for nine by Baig, but Atesaam Syed produced a whirlwind innings at the end to take Newham closer to a thrilling victory.
Syed knocked 24 runs from 12 balls, including a six and a four, and Khan returned to the crease to help Syed knock off the remaining runs and clinching victory from the penultimate ball of the match.
Ahmad was the unlucky bowler to allow the winnings runs, but had the best figure for Forest, taking two wickets and keeping his economy rate under 10.