Newham defeat Tower Hamlets in thriller
PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 October 2015
Newham College outlasted Tower Hamlets for a high-scoring win in the only match in the Essex Cricket Board's FE "Chance to Shine" tournament at UEL SportsDock last night.
Tower Hamlets won the toss and put Newham into bat but, after Tarek Ahmed took an early wicket, Hamza Omar and Zeeshan Khan got Newham off to a flyer.
Omar scored 25 runs with one boundary before retiring not out, while Khan was the star of the innings, bashing 27 runs from just 12 deliveries with a pair of fours.
Muhammad Rahim added 16 runs to help Newham race away to 109-2 in their 10 overs, as Tower Hamlets struggled with their bowling, allowing 36 extras.
The Hamlets batting line-up also looked shaky at the start as Iqbal Hussain scraped out only seven runs and fellow opener Krunesh Patel was run out for duck.
But the next men in, Ahmed and Muhammad Shahalom, changed the dynamic of the match.
Ahmed tallied 23 off 15 balls, but it was Shahalom who gave Tower Hamlets a chance to win the match.
Shahalom scorched 25 runs and retired not out, but returned to bat after Tower Hamlets lost their fifth wicket.
Shahalom went on to score a total of 44 runs from only 21 deliveries with three boundaries and his 209.5 strike rate put Tower Hamlets in a solid position.
But they lost their remaining wicket with four balls remaining and Newham emerged as nine-run victors.