Akram lives up to his il­lus­tri­ous name­sake

CRICKET

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MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE DI­VI­SION ONE Lit­tle Gad­des­den Hawridge & Choles­bury 84 all out

86-6 PER­HAPS in­spired by shar­ing a sur­name with one of the great­est bowlers of all time, Amir Akram’s four-wicket haul helped Hawridge & Choles­bury to victory on Satur­day.

Bowl­ing first, Hawridge re­duced Lit­tle Gad­des­den to 27-5 as Akram (4-14), with fig­ures his name­sake, Pak­istani fast bowler Wasim, would have been proud of, and Matthew Rutt (2-17) got early break­throughs.

James Cath (2-13) also picked up a pair of wickets, while Neil Jones (1-13), who took two great catches and a wicket, and Chris Wil­liams (1-24) fin­ished Gad­des­den off as they were bowled out for just 84.

Hawridge’s re­ply was soon in trou­ble though and were re­duced to 17-2 at tea, at which point it was any­one’s game.

Even though the wickets kept fall­ing, Mo­hammed Ri­fai (32) and Steve White (28) added cru­cial runs, while Akram (10 not out) set­tled the nerves by fin­ish­ing the game with a four then a six to clinch a tense four-wicket win and move Hawridge up to third place in the league.

Mean­while, in the same di­vi­sion, Prest­wood were bowled out for just 96 be­fore go­ing down to Potten End by seven wickets, while in the Pre­mier Holmer Green went down by six wickets to Ayles­bury Town.

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