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Evening League Week 2

The second week of the 2017 season saw all three fixtures completed for the first time this season.

Bon Accord made it two wins in two games after chasing 123 to win by 6 wickets. Academy had two retirees in their accumulation, opening batsman S. Chundi (31) and Arfan (31) at 5.
A Kache and Chundi very quickly took the score to 22 of the first two overs but the former was caught behind off Farooq for a quick-fire 18.
Economical bowler, rather than wicket taking, was the order of the day and no bowler went for over 9 per over.
Of particular note were Hamza (0 for 14) and Nawaz (1 for 15) who each bowled their allotted 4 overs each.
Shakeel (2 for 30) and Nadeem (1 for 18) were the other wicket takers as Academy finished their innings on 123 for 5.
In reply Academy took an early wicket as A. Win was bowled in the second over by Shakid (1 for 25) to leave Bon Accord on 7 for 1.
A good partnership between Imran and Mirza (29) followed. Imran retired for a well made 33 and Mirza bowled by J. Khan (1 for 42).
Hamza (23no) occupied one end but wickets fell around him to create a tense chase as two batsmen were run out and another two were bowled by S. Memon. (2 for 16) He found a good partner in Shakeel (16no) and the two men steered Bon Accord home in the penultimate over.
Shakeel ending proccedings with a 4 off Kahn's last ball.     

Cults come off the better in their game versus Knightriders as they bowled their opponents out for 46 to win by 95 runs.
Himanshu followed up on his 30 with 2 for 5 to set up a comfortable victory. Ankush also chipped in with a 30 whilst Mohan (2 for 21) and Bijil (1 for 15) returned decent figures in Cults' innings of 141.
In reply only Raja (14) was able to withstand the Cults bowling as Nikhil (2 for 5) and Debo (2 for 2) set about dismantling the Knightriders' total.

In the final game of the week Shell overcame The Rockhoppers in a 28 run victory.
The Rockhoppers managed to bowl Shell out in the 20th over and, thanks to Shaun Mountain's incredible figures of 3 for 7 off his four overs, dismantled the top order.
Numbers 2 to 6 could only manage 15 runs between them as Mountain, Z Crawley, (1 for 24) Karthik (2 for 26) and an economical C. Gospel gave The Rockhoppers a fighting chance.
Opener S. Ali batted well among the carnage and retired for a well made 30 before the main partnership between Abrar and Ali Syed brought Shell up to a very competitive total.
Syed retired after launching a big maximum for 30 and Abrar was bowled offering no shot by M. Baldry (2 for 24) for an intelligent 29 to give Shell a total of 141.
It was too tough an ask for The Rockhoppers as they struggled to keep up with the run rate. M. Baldry hit a quick 14 before falling lbw to Abrar (2 for 18) and Deni at number 3 hit a few lusty blows for 19 but was bowled by Ibtihaj (2 for 23).
Abid took two of the key wickets in Karthik and Mountain to end with figures of 2 for 20. Elia finished as the top scorer for The Rockhoppers with 20 as he and Z. Crawley gave some hope of a close finish.
Boundaries from Elia and some quick running by Crawley upped the run rate but it was too late to set up a push for victory. Ali (2 for 8) dismissed Crawley (12) and then Elia in the penultimate over. The Rockhoppers ending on 113 for 9.


Anonymous  19 May 2017 - 08:29   
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