Scintilla show best form at Ford
PUBLISHED: 09:01 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:01 01 June 2015
Difficult day for Dagenham’s Goresbrook
Scintilla produced their best display of the Essex County League season to beat Premier Division leaders Ford at Newbury Park.
The defending champions won the toss and chose to bat first, which proved a good decision as they piled up 338-6 in 45 overs.
Ishaq Shawn was the stand-out performer, smashing 133 from 83 balls, while all-rounder Abul Hasib added 63 and Malaysian star Ahmed Norharif Hamidon added 42.
Zahied (23), Zahed Mamun (19) and Sajal Rahman (16) also made starts for Scintilla, while Noman (3-64) and Mirza (2-68) took the bowling honours for Ford.
The home side dug in after the restart, but the target was too big and, despite contributions from Nadeem (68), Abbas (51) and Siraj (39) they came up well short on 252.
Sajal (3-31) was the pick of the Scintilla bowling, while Hassan (2-11) nabbed a brace and Aaman, Hasib and Ayaz also had success.
Captain Ayaz Karim said: “It’s been a tough seven days since our last game and the team has shown true character to come here and win convincingly.
“We have immense respect for Ford and they are leading the league on merit. I was very pleased with the way we clicked.
“Norharif and Zahied set the tempo, Shawn and Hasib notched up almost 200 runs and Zahed and Sajal stayed in till the end.
“We now need to concentrate and cement our form, which this team is very capable of doing. Continuity is very important and the team needs to bed in and put in a run of performances.”
Man of the Match Shawn added: “The pitch was in excellent condition. I was fortunate to be supported so well by my team-mates and very happy that we have won here.”
It proved a disappointing day for Mid-Essex League club Goresbrook.
The first team went down by 123 runs at home to Springfield, who made 264-7 at May & Baker, while the seconds went down by nine wickets at Terling after limping to 116-8.
The fourths completed an unwanted hat-trick of defeats with a six-wicket home loss against Little Baddow thirds, after being held to 149-8, but the thirds provided some cheer as they maintained their unbeaten record in Division Nine.
Brook made 234-4 at East Hanningfield & Great Burstead seconds, then held the hosts to 175-4 in reply.
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