Cap­tain stars on all fronts for sec­onds

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

SKIP­PER Shaikh No­man led from the front to main­tain Hayes sec­onds’ win­ning start to the sea­son as they beat Burn­ham fourths by three wickets on Satur­day.

The cap­tain took two wickets, claimed two run outs, took one catch and smashed a match­win­ning un­beaten knock of 32.

Hav­ing won the toss, Burn­ham de­cided to bat and made a blis­ter­ing start tak­ing 26 from the first four overs.

How­ever, No­man ripped through the mid­dle or­der to leave Burn­ham reel­ing at 70 odd with four wickets down yet many overs re­main­ing.

They pushed on to 150-5 from 36 overs and the mag­i­cal 200 was still in sight for Burn­ham to gain the max­i­mum 10 bat­ting points, but some neat stump­ing from Ge­orge Painter en­sured they fell 24 runs short of that tar­get.

On the re­sump­tion of play, Painter made his in­ten­tions very clear from the start by tak­ing 25 from the first three overs with his trade­mark cuts and pulls as his fans looked on with pride.

He went on to top score with 35, three more than No­man’s un­beaten 32, with the Hayes skip­per lead­ing his boys home along­side Ronesh Than­thirige on 17 not out.

While it is back to the drawing board for Burn­ham, Hayes will have a chance to con­tinue their ex­cel­lent start to the sea­son away at Slough next week.

In the form Hayes are in, games can­not come quick enough.

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