Barking captain Afzal pleased with win against Ace

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 July 2017

Cricket bats, hats and helmet (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

Cricket bats, hats and helmet (Pic: Jacob Ranson)


Barking captain Ehsan Afzal is pleased with his side’s eight-wicket win over Essex County Premier Division side Ace this weekend.

Skipper Afzal believes it was a strong win for his side, as Ace always have a tough wicket to play on, especially when chasing the game.

“The game went well and we played well in all aspects,” Afzal said.

“We bowled very well, in the right areas, and according to the field.

“Fielding was great, 100 per cent commitment was shown by each player and batted well.”

Ace won the toss and elected to bat first, but ended up being bowled out for 99 in 28 overs, with Barking’s Imran Butt (3-18), Moshin Latif (3-38), Omar Khan (2-28) and Bhavik Kothari (2-14) all impressing.

“The bowlers have been doing well so far, but this week they took it to the next level,” he admitted.

“The discipline with the ball in hand was great.

“They worked well in the right areas and made it hard for the opposition to score any runs.

“Imran Butt and Moshin Latif both showed their experience with the new ball and that made it easy for the others to come in and clean up the tail.”

The visitors reply started slowly with Hasnain Qureshi hitting 15 and partner Umer Mahmood getting four, before being bowled out by Ace’s Arslan Shazad.

“Chasing a low score can sometimes be difficult, especially on a wicket like Ace have.

“The wicket is quite hard to play on.”

Barking managed to dig deep and match the home side’s score with just two out, as Pulkit Gupta (37) and Ehsan Afzal (25) top scored for the side to seal the victory for the visitors.

“As the two experienced batsman in the team we had to stand up and see the team home.

“It was 30-2 was when I got to the crease.

“We were just interested in getting through the game without giving Ace any extra points.

“Pulkit Gupta batted very well, latching on to anything loose fairly quick and punishing a unmotivated Ace attack.”

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