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Rickmansworth CC - 1st XI
Radlett CC - 3rd XI
Sat 25 May 13:00 - Hertfordshire Cricket League - Division Five A Start time 13:00

The catch that won the match!

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Rickys 1st XI 204-10 (45.5) - Radlett 3rds 202-10 (32.5)

We had fantastic weather at Rickmansworth and nice wicket prepared that looked like it had plenty of runs in it.

Ibby on winning the toss had no hesitation on batting first, the usual pair of Maz and Taz opened up. Both guys not quite replicating the fearsome opening of last season where they averaged 55 but it’s only week 3!
Maz Shah was the first to go for zero playing the correct shot but execution was not quite right, this brought the inform Shami to the crease who has made batting look easy thus far! Taz has not quite find the imperious form of last year where he made nearly 800 runs and was easily the best bat in the division.
He struggled again and was out for 8 runs, he will come good as you can’t keep a man if his talent quite for long.
Shami survived a LBW shout which was given out but the umpire changed his mind due to an inside edge, credit must be given to the oppo for reversing the decision. Unfortunately Shami did not take advantage of this and was out next ball plumb LBW! The skipper walked in next and like his openers has not really kicked off the season so far and so it proved again as he was out for 4. We know how good Ibby is and will clearly come to the party very soon.
So we were reduced to 19-4 , which does not happen....well ever!
At the crease were to young guns Toqeer Hussain and new boy Usman Majeed, they both showed composure and most importantly fight, Usman played very cautious while Toqs went after the bowling and played powerful shots down the ground as well as pull shots. The highlight being a huge six by toqs which landed in the car park! Toqs finished on 88 magnificent runs and surely deserved a ton but ran out of energy due to fasting. Usman ended up on 28 runs in a partnership of 108 but what he did was crucial in rotating strike and letting Toqs go for the runs. We went from 126-4 to 163-8 due to some bad shots and terrible run outs. What we did see in between was magnificent batting from cookie who has impressed from last season. Rickmansworth have a powerful batting order that goes down to number 11. What cookie showed Radlett was that they need plan A to Z cause we don’t stop scoring! Cook finished on 50 and total of 204 which was decent but we know we could have made 300+

Radlett came out with real gusto and started scoring at 6 runs per over from the get go! They lost their opener early to Toqs plumb LBW but the opener looked dangerous as he was scoring freely. Majid Khan was his usual metronomic self but hit great lines and lengths, making the ball move both ways and taking the inside and outside edge, the highlight being bowling the number 4 as he looked to leave! Majid reduces radlett to 66-4 by taking first 3 wickets, radlett to their credit kept attacking while losing wickets. There was some poor bowling too as we lost our discipline but credit must go to radlett too. Our leading wicket taker cooker came on and got into his work taking wickets regular and further reducing Radlett to 163-8!! The game seemed to be done and dusted but Radlett tail wagged and took the score to 200-8 , cookie had bowled really well but it looked like the game was done with Radlett needing 3 runs to win.
Cook bowled, the boys still had fight in them and you could see it all around. First ball a single , second ball a single 202-8. Third ball a lovely off spinning ball the trapped the batsman LBW! It did not help that he played a cross bat hoick trying to go for glory!! 202-9! Ibby sensed this was our chance! He had slip, gully, silly mid on, silly mid off. Fourth ball spun but the young batsman played it well , the non striker cane down the wicket with lots of instructions which may have confused the youngster. Cookie bowls the fifth ball and it’s an arm ball that straightens! Outside edge is taken and a sharp catch taken at first slip by Maz Shah, so you see the match was all about one ball, one edge, one catch!
The boys were jubilant and celebrated as a team!

Senior player Maz Shah said after the game “ we showed again our batting strength and our attitude to never give up, Radlett played good cricket and brought the best out of us as a team. We are still not firing 100% but good things will be happening in the coming weeks”

by Maz Shah

Scorecard

Rickmansworth CC - 1st XI won the toss and elected to bat

Rickmansworth CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Maz Shah
ct. A Khan, b. R Zaman
0
8
0.0
MurTaza Shehabi
ct. C Gallagher, b. A Kayani
8
16
50.0
Sham Hussain
lb. A Kayani
3
11
27.3
Ibrar Hanif
ct. C Eve-Raw, b. A Kayani
4
9
1
44.4
Toqeer Hussain
b. C Gallagher
88
73
15
1
120.5
Usman Majid
ct. Y Patel, b. N Rehaman
28
71
1
39.4
Naghman Latif
b. N Rehaman
52
65
7
1
80.0
Majid Khan
b. N Rehaman
1
3
33.3
Usman Pervaiz Rai
ro. Y Patel
0
0
 
Brett Harvey
ro. M Faisal
4
11
1
36.4
MaZaffar Shah
Not Out
5
8
1
62.5
Extras
6w, 1b, 3lb, 1nb
11
Total
for 10 wickets 45.5 overs
204

Radlett CC - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Azhar Kayani
10
2
42
3
4.2
2w
Rafsan Zaman
10
1
30
1
3.0
Nobel Rehaman
7.5
1
23
3
3.3
2w
Yash Patel
2
0
20
0
10.0
1nb
Dylan Gunasekera
7
0
38
0
5.4
1w
Christopher Gallagher
9
0
47
1
5.2
1w

Radlett CC - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Mohammed Faisal
lb. T Hussain
0
3
0.0
Nobel Rehaman
b. M Khan
22
20
3
110.0
Yash Patel
ct. I Hanif, b. N Latif
35
52
6
67.3
Azhar Kayani
b. M Khan
0
6
0.0
Charlee Eve-Raw
ct. U Majid, b. M Khan
7
12
1
58.3
Adnan Khan
ct. M Khan, b. M Khan
0
1
0.0
Buddhika Wickramasinghe
lb. N Latif
51
38
7
3
134.2
Christopher Gallagher
ct. I Hanif, b. N Latif
21
16
3
1
131.3
Kay Mansoor
Not Out
16
29
2
55.2
Rafsan Zaman
lb. N Latif
23
19
3
121.1
Dylan Gunasekera
ct. M Shah, b. N Latif
0
4
0.0
Extras
12w, 4b, 8lb, 3nb
27
Total
for 10 wickets 32.5 overs
202

Rickmansworth CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Toqeer Hussain
6
1
29
1
4.8
1w
Majid Khan
9
0
52
4
5.8
8w
Usman Pervaiz Rai
5
0
29
0
5.8
2nb, 2w
Brett Harvey
3
0
23
0
7.7
1w
Naghman Latif
7.5
0
34
5
4.9
MaZaffar Shah
2
0
23
0
11.5
1nb

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# Team Pts
1. Rickmansworth CC 253
2. North Mymms CC 212
3. Bentley Heath CC 125
4. London Colney CC 125
5. Frogmore CC 98
6. Ickleford CC 86
7. Clifton CC, Beds 73

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