Barking beaten by Newham neighbours

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 June 2017

Ehsan Afzal in bowling action for Barking (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ehsan Afzal in bowling action for Barking (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Barking saw local rivals Newham earn the east London bragging rights in their Essex County League Premier Division clash at Flanders Field.

The defending champions were sent into the field after losing the toss and saw the home side make a challenging 242-7 from their 45 overs.

Opener Kashif Iqbal (86) led the way with the bat for Newham, while skipper Sajjad Mirza hit an unbeaten 42.

Pulkit Gupta (2-28) picked up a brace for the visitors, with Imran Butt, Omar Khan and Afzal, who completed two run outs, also among the wickets.

Hasnain Qureshi (26) and Zohaib Hasan (24) got Barking off to a solid start in reply, but the dangerous Gupta fell cheaply.

Afzal (55) tried to keep his side on track with a half-century, but Umer Mahmood (24) was the only other batsman to reach the 20s, although four of the middle order made it into double figures, as Barking were dismissed for 222 with 10 balls remaining.

Barking will hope for better when they visit Redbridge this weekend.

The second team turned the tables on their Newham counterparts with an 86-run win at Goodmayes Park.

Captain Shaan Shafiq saw his side lose two early wickets, but went on to score 34 himself.

Lakshay Vachani reached a half-century before being run out, while Moshin Latif was unbeaten on 27 as the home side were eventually dismissed for 193 in the 43rd over.

Latif (3-20) made the breakthrough with the ball early in Newham’s reply and Sheikh Abbas also had success as the visitors were reduced to 40-4.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, with Danny Duhig, Vachani (3-30) and Usman Minhas all getting in on the act.

And Duhig (2-18) had the final say as Newham were all out for 107 in the 30th over.

Meanwhile, the third string slipped to a slender one-wicket loss against Roding Valley in Division Two.

Captain Sarith Fernando chose to bat first at Hainault Rec and Ashwin Pal (76) repaid that faith to top score in Barking’s 190.

Fernando (26) also chipped in and then nabbed 2-37 in the Roding reply, as Abhishek Sharma (3-40), Shahaan Hussain (3-36) and Alfie Syed reduced the visitors to 159-9.

But the last-wicket pair put on an unbroken 35 to win it.

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