Barking earn bragging rights over local rivals

Sagar Seth in batting action for Barking

Sagar Seth in batting action for Barking

Barking earned the local bragging rights against Newham in their Hamro Foundation Essex League Division Three contest at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday.

Captain Shaan Shafiq put the visitors into bat after winning the toss and the move paid off handsomely as Umaad Sultan trapped Amit Midha lbw before a run had been scored.

Sultan removed Midha's fellow opener Salman Khan, before Umer Mahmood came into the attack and dismissed Newham captain Sajjad Mirza to make it 23-3.

Another scalp for Sultan (3-28) soon followed, with Abdul Rehman Razzaq (4-27) running through the middle order and Sarith Fernando and Omar Khan claiming a wicket apiece as Newham were dismissed for 96 in the 29th over.

Barking lost Sagar Seth and Sahaj Chadha cheaply to find themselves 10-2 in reply, with Hasnain Qureshi falling with the score on 41.

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Haris Khan held firm, though, and dominated a 52-run stand with skipper Shafiq to take Barking to the brink, hitting a six and five fours in his 45.

Khan then hit his first ball to the boundary to seal a six-wicket win in the 24th over ahead of a trip to borough rivals Goresbrook this coming Saturday (May 22).

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Brook came up short against Ardleigh Green & Havering-atte-Bower in their latest outing at May & Baker last weekend.

Captain Kane Messenger put the visitors into bat after winning the toss, but saw them reach 138-3, as Daryl Forward and Ted ivory picked up a wicket apiece.

Messenger then brought himself into the attack and claimed three quick wickets, with Sudhakar Munusamy (2-30) having success at the other end.

And Messenger completed a 5-28 haul when wrapping up the Goresbrook innings on 184 in the 40th over.

Munusamy and Shaun Ross fell cheaply in reply, but Lee Jones (21) made a decent start and Alfie Horan then held firm at one end.

Wickets continued to fall, with Forward, Messenger and Ivory making it into double figures, and Horan was eventually dismissed for 83 as Brook were all out for 174 in the 39th over.

Chris Haylett (4-38) was the pick of Green's bowling, as Shawn Harvey (2-21), Sam Brooks (2-31) and Chris Cook (2-48) nabbed braces.

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