Akram lives up to his illustrious namesake
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.