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Cricket: Newham dominate in 77-run triumph in Chance to Shine tournament

PUBLISHED: 18:00 20 October 2016

Action from week one of the Chance to Shine league at UEL

Action from week one of the Chance to Shine league at UEL

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Waltham Forest hold on against Norlington in tense encounter

Newham College continued the impressive start to their title defence and Waltham Forest College outlasted Norlington College in the second week of the Essex Cricket Board’s FE Chance to Shine tournament at the UEL SportsDock.

In the first match of the day, Norlington won the toss and bowled, a decision they may have regretted in the early stages as Rizwan Khan and Imran Ahmad put the bowlers under the cosh, each reaching 25 and retiring.

Norlington fought back in the middle stages, dismissing Arslan Baig for three runs whilst Aqib Chaudhary was caught for duck by Ishaq Muhammad off the bowling of Ulfat Hayat.

As Waltham Forest had come without a full team, Khan and Ahmad returned to the crease and Khan continued to dominate.

Ahmad was run out on 31 by Ibadullah Lughmani, but Khan slashed his way to a stunning 65 from 31 deliveries, with seven fours and a six, leading Waltham Forest to an excellent total of 131-4 in their 10 overs.

Consistency was the storyline of the Norlington reply as most of their batsmen scored into double figures. But the pressure of the high target showed as their first three batsmen were run out trying to pick up extra runs.

Shohaib Naseer was the first to go, run out by Ahsan Tanveer for nine runs, Muhammad and Tallal Ahmed built a 47-run partnership but then were both run out within a space of four deliveries, Muhammad departing for 18 at the hands of Khan whilst Ahmed was run out for 16 by Baig.

Osaid Waheed knocked 18 from eight balls and Lughmani contributed a handy cameo of nine from four deliveries.

But it was Hayat at the end who gave everything he could to push Norlington towards the line. His innings of 20 off nine included two fours and six as was the highest score for Norlington, but it was not enough as Waltham Forest held on to win by 13 runs.

Newham College were next to play against Leyton Sixth Form and Newham quickly showed their class for the second week in a row.

Muhammad Rahim knocked 25 runs before retiring and fellow opener Nas Ahmed did much the same, scoring 27 off 18.

Newham wicketkeeper Atesaam Syed came in after Rahim’s retirement and Leyton could not get him out either as he built up an innings of 25 runs while facing only 11 deliveries.

Leyton finally picked up their first wickets from the last two deliveries of the Newham innings, as Shafi Uddin was bowled by Fareed Hussain for duck and Irfan Ghuthus was run out for three by Hamzah Wajid.

But adding in 41 extras from the Leyton bowlers, Newham finished their innings 121-2.

In reply, Leyton never got going as Hussain, Thamarai Veerappan and Umer Farooq all departed for ducks within the first over, with Rahim taking two of the wickets.

Rahim added a third scalp in his next over, bowling the remaining opener Hamzah Wajid for seven.

Bilal Imran and Rizwan Hussain came in as the last hope partnership for Leyton. Hussain was caught and bowled by Atesaam Syed for 11 and Imran scored a slow 14 from 36 deliveries before he was caught off Ahmed by Irfan Ghuthus.

Imran’s departure ended the match with three deliveries left on the table, but it hardly mattered as Newham won by 77 runs to start their season 2-0 as the defending champions.

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