Ismail leads way

SNEL PREMIER DIVISION Hainault & Clayhall 223-8 beat Upminster 103 by 120 runs HAINAULT & CLAYHALL recorded an impressive 120-run win over Upminster at the weekend thanks to a superb performance from Mouhssin Ismail, writes NEIL TRAINIS. The number three

SNEL PREMIER DIVISION

Hainault & Clayhall 223-8 beat Upminster 103

by 120 runs

HAINAULT & CLAYHALL recorded an impressive 120-run win over Upminster at the weekend thanks to a superb performance from Mouhssin Ismail, writes NEIL TRAINIS.

The number three made 99 not out, with two sixes and six fours, to reinforce the image of him as talented shot-maker rather than a mere bludgeoner.

"He doesn't surprise us when he does what he does," said Hainault vice-captain Irfan Shah.

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"He batted superbly and took away half of their batting order.

"On his day he's our best player, a huge star for us who has a good reputation around the leagues.

"He's had a couple of quiet seasons for us by his standards, but he's our biggest player.

"It was nice to get the win and get a good start to the season."

Jonathan Evans made 19, Ashfaq Ahmed hit 25 runs and Icky Lall added 19 as Hainault pieced together a competitive total.

Hainault took the energy generated from Ismail into their bowling and it came as no surprise that it was their fast-emerging talisman who led the way again, taking 4-15.

Ahmed claimed 2-25 and Shah took 3-28 to polish off opposition, who crumbled to 103 all out.