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Essex County League Premier Division: Scintilla look to end in style away to Bow Green after poor recent run

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 August 2017

Cricket equipment is left on a bench

Cricket equipment is left on a bench

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Sajal Rahman’s team suffered a defeat against Roding Valley after failing to chase down a total of 186

Scintilla’s first-team travel to already relegated Bow Green in the Essex County League Premier Division on Saturday aiming to finish the league season with a win and claim fourth spot.

Sajal Rahman will be looking for his team to bounce back and end in style after a poor recent run.

Scintilla’s last victory occurred all the way back on July 8 when they beat Hawks, but since then they have had mixed fortunes.

Newham have defeated Rahman’s side twice, while Roding Valley also tasted success over them last weekend. In the middle of those losses were two abandonments with Ace and Roding Valley, which helped end Scintilla’s title charge.

On Saturday, Rahman’s team were unable to chase down 186, as they lost by 17 runs at River Playing Field.

Roding Valley won the toss and elected to bat first with the hosts making a decent start at the crease.

MD Junaed Rahman Tanin (2-27) did pick up an early scalp, however, with Ishaq Shawn claiming a wicket.

Ferdous Rajib stuck around for Roding Valley and scored 45, but Scintilla managed to regularly pick up wickets.

Shawn finished with excellent figures of 4-27 from his nine overs, but some late hitting by home wicket-keeper Shajib Ray (30*) helped his team reach 186, before they were dismissed.

It still seemed like a chaseable total for Scintilla, but they made a terrible start.

Mohammad Badrul Alom Choudhry went for a duck and Ashraful Islam (2) and Rishad Haque (4) followed him back to the crease.

Rokan Uddin Arafat (24) and Tanin (26) rebuilt the innings for Scintilla and appeared to have the visitors on course for victory.

An inspired spell of bowling by Aplu Choudhry (4-37) ripped through the away sides middle-order and left them in trouble.

And despite a fine 53 down the order by captain Rahman, Scintilla were dismissed for 169 in the 32nd over and lost by 17 runs.

This weekend they’ll look to bounce back and claim a win away to Bow Green ahead of facing Redbridge in the semi-finals of the League Cup on Bank Holiday Monday (August 28).


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