Scintilla start season with cup win
PUBLISHED: 09:57 01 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:57 01 May 2013
Scintilla CC recorded a comfortable win in the first round of Essex County Cricket League’s cup competition.
After winning the toss, Noak Hill skipper Mick Hodgson asked counterpart Ahmed Choudhury to bat first, which seemed like a good decision as the pitch had some moist with a nice green top.
Taking on the opening bowlers Crane (1-21) and French (0-19), Scintilla openers Abul Hasib (9) and Mohsin Dar (29) played with caution as the ball was swinging quite viciously, a typical early season feature of English cricket.
After Hasib’s departure Mohammed Billal (21) arrived at the crease and accelerated the score past 50 with some nice stroke play.
Dar continued to play a steady innings after a four-year absence from cricket, but suffered from fatigue and in the end lack of match practice was evident as he hit his own wicket after sweeping Platter’s slow delivery (2-33).
This brought his brother Ahsan Bashir (39 not out) to the crease but other Scintilla batsmen around him could not occupy the crease for much time and late flurries from Minhaz Khan (16) and Abdul Muhit (10) took the score to 154 all out.
In reply to Scintilla’s total, both Noak Hill openers struggled with the pace of Scintilla’s stalwart Minhaz Khan (0-15) and Forhad Abedin (4-18).
Losing two wickets inside 10 overs meant Noak Hill needed to steady the innings and, helped by a couple of dropped catches, they saw Phil Bellot (19), Andy Little (22) and Adam Crane (19) play with intent.
The introduction of Abdul Muhit (2-8) and Shakil Bhuyan (2-13) proved key as Noak Hill succumbed to a 62-run defeat.
Delighted Scintilla captain Choudhury is now looking forward to starting the Premier Division campaign against Ace on Saturday and said: “It was a cold day and the game was halted for 10 minutes due to hail storm in the middle.
“Despite that our boys stayed focused and completed a clinical finish. The game was played in good spirit.
“We are embarking on a five-month long cricket season and I want a consistent performance from my players.
“Last year we played in the Premier Division after conquering three titles in consecutive years and we finished third, despite six abandoned matches due to bad weather.”
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