Played at Jubilee Sports Ground, The Avenue, Highams,
Report by Steve Hamilton
These Hawks needed to be tamed as they beat us last season quite
We had perfect weather, sunny with temperatures
reaching 26C. Captain Azaz Khalil won the toss again and he elected
to bat. We agreed on a 30-over game.
We put on 41 for the
first wicket, then an in-form Raj Rajender got bowled and then Ammar
Malji faced an unplayable delivery – a yorker that clean-bowled him!
Sachin was now on a hatrick as Zubair Gardiwala came to the
crease, with tension building and fielders coming in close – but
Zubair calmly hit his first ball straight for a massive six!
Things started to turn in our favour, Farhad Waqar was back to his
best with cuts, pulls and drives, reaching his fifty with four fours
and two sixes – his sixth 50 of the season including two centuries.
Farhad then lost his wicket LBW for 53 after putting on 99
for the third wicket.
By now it was the Zubair show – a
batsman who simply oozes confidence and self belief in every stroke
he attempts, depositing the ball over the boundary into back
gardens, disrupting barbecues – no one was safe!
his fifty in no time and he continued to murder the bowling with
pure class and destruction. Zubair went on to reached his hundred
with eight sixes and six fours, but unfortunately was trapped LBW
for 102. However, by then his great contribution had set a very
competitive score of 233.
After a delicious West Indian
chicken curry, we were keen to ensure our revenge for a 7-wicket
defeat last season.
Pete Taylor and debutant Muhammad Zubair opened
our bowling. Muhammad, a twenty-two-year-old fast bowler, reaching
70mph plus, took our first wicket when opener Lomd hit the ball hard
and low to mid-off where Azaz took a difficult catch at his knees.
Pete Taylor continued where he left off last week with hostile
deliveries and he soon got his reward when he clean bowled the other
opener Dryhead. It wasn't long before he took another wicket when
Thomas hit a ball to mid-off which had Azaz diving in goalkeeping
style to his left to take another superb catch!
finished off an over for young Muhammad after side strain forced him
to give up the ball - and took the middle wicket of Shovon! We were
dominating the game by now, when our second new recruit Mohammed
Hossain came on on and clean bowled Sachin.
Hawks were 50 for
5 off 12 overs and never quite recovered from the early lost of
Raj bowled a tight line and removed Stanley who
couldn't figure out how to play him and, in frustration hit the ball
straight into the bucket hands of Farhad at mid-off. Raj finished
with excellent figures of 1 for 13 off his five overs.
took his first wicket for the club towards the end of the innings
and Hawks, always massively behind the run rate, reached 150 for 7
off 30 overs.
Man of the match: Zubair Gardiwala
round the perfect day and a return fixture is definitely on the
A man and his shed:
Peter Taylor in the hut scoring
Photo: Steve Hamilton
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