Scintilla celebrate league double
PUBLISHED: 14:30 20 May 2015
Both teams record victories
Scintilla roared back to winning ways at Ace Sports and Newham.
The first team were boosted by the return of powerful all-rounder Sajal Rahman, with Aaman Khan and Ishaq Shawn also back in action.
Put into bat, Scintilla saw Shawn (40), Bellal Hossain (28) and Khan (26) lead them to 150 in 33 overs.
Ace were then dismissed for 83 as Khan (3-23), Hassan Rony (3-11) and Rahman (2-4) shone with the ball.
Captain Ayaz Karim said: “The players showed grit and character to overturn the morale sapping loss to Barking last week.
“Our momentum is building and we are beginning to click. There is room for much improvement and the great thing is the players are aware and I know I can rely on them to put together a winning run.”
Man of the match Khan added: “I’m fortunate to be surrounded by a great team and I dedicate the win to all my colleagues at Scintilla. It was nervy at the beginning, but we achieved a win that will boost our confidence looking ahead.”
Sydney Russell pupil David Macauley, 14, made his debut as 12th man and said: “I’m really happy and want to thank club captain Ahmed Choudhury for giving me my chance to play. It was just great being out on the field with the champions. I hope I have a long career with this team.”
The second string beat their Newham rivals by 29 runs, after amassing 263-8 from their 45 overs.
Walid Ahmed top scored with 82, while ever dependable Abdullah Khizir struck an impressive 62.
Zahied Hossain (29) also chipped in with the bat, before Ahmed Norharif picked up five wickets and Mohammed Chisty nabbed a brace in Newham’s reply.
Captain Shaha Riadh said: “It’s always a great pleasure to beat Newham. They are our local rivals and there is a healthy and respectful rivalry between both teams.
“The boys were superb throughout and I couldn’t ask for more. We will continue to prepare fully for our next match.”
Malaysian star Norharif shared the man of the match award with Ahmed and said: “I’m still finding my feet and adapting to the game. I am getting to know my team-mates and I’m really pleased. I’m playing in a great team and can see us doing even better.”
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