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Butt and Saif the stars for May & Baker

PUBLISHED: 17:54 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 12:24 11 August 2010

LORDS ESSEX DIVISION ONE May & Baker 227-9 beat Asian 224 by 1 wkt MAY & BAKER ground out a one-wicket victory over a battling Asian in their Essex Lords International League Division One encounter at the weekend. Bowling first, Baker restricted their op

LORDS ESSEX DIVISION ONE

May & Baker 227-9 beat

Asian 224 by 1 wkt

MAY & BAKER ground out a one-wicket victory over a battling Asian in their Essex Lords International League Division One encounter at the weekend.

Bowling first, Baker restricted their opponents to 224, thanks to some sublime displays from Favad Butt, who took 3-20, Azhar Malik, with 2-25 and Nadir Rashid, who took 2-37.

There were also wickets for Tariq Aziz, who took 1-59, and Tariq Aslam, with 1-12 as Baker's took a stranglehold on the match.

Once they had a grip of the fixture though, they never killed the game off and momentum generated by a fine collective bowling performance was not maintained at the crease.

Rather than thrashing the ball to all parts of the pitch and demoralising Asian, Baker stuttered badly and gave them hope of turning the match around.

Uncertainty shrouded their innings. Opener Abdul Sattar could only manage nine runs before he fell lbw and Malik concocted just four before being caught but there was more collapse behind them in the order.

Iftikhar Ilyis failed to hit a single run and Kashif Iqbal had mustered four to plunge Baker's from a position of relative confidence to one of panic as the wickets fell.

Butt, though, restored a little order with a well-crafted 49 and Amir Shaukat added an invaluable 48 before Shahid Saif made a superb unbeaten 53.

Nadir Rashid (12 not out), Tariq Aziz (7) and Tariq Aslam (17) helped ride out the storm and see Baker's to victory.

Baker's host Barking seconds this weekend.

n MAY & BAKER seconds defeated Ford thirds by seven runs in an entertaining Essex Lords International Division Two clash at the weekend.

Baker's made 230-8 in their innings, with James Miller (46), Will Haley (27), Muhammed Zubeer (48) and James Mecham (50) impressing with the bat.

The likes of Hassan Ahmed (5), Nick Bryan (4), Michael Gilham (1) and Zeeshan Haider (5) all struggled to make their mark as Ford sniffed victory.

In reply, they looked like snatching the game as they neared Baker's total but just fell short, thanks to impressive bowling from Haider, who took 5-44, and Mecham, who claimed 2-38.

Ahmed, with 1-33, and Yasir Quereshi, with 1-39, were the other wicket-takers as their team registered a confidence-boosting triumph.


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