Three-wicket Ahmed stars in Uxbridge win

Bowlers per­form well given task of de­fend­ing 178 runs

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

UXBRIDGE held their nerve to claim a Divi­sion Three vic­tory over Oster­ley at the week­end.

The vis­i­tors shared the runs around at Ten­telow Lane and racked up a 178 to­tal, which they de­fended suc­cess­fully by skit­tling out the hosts for 129.

Shakil Ahmed was the star with the ball for Uxbridge as he took three Oster­ley wick­ets, in­clud­ing the cru­cial fi­nal pair, to steer his side to vic­tory.

Kashif Mah­mood also pro­duced a fine all-round per­for­mance as he took two wick­ets to back up his fine bat­ting dis­play, scor­ing 46 from 81 balls.

Else­where, in Thames Val­ley Divi­sion 3B, a rain-af­fected and ul­ti­mately aban­doned en­counter saw Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ walk away with seven bonus points and the more sat­is­fied of the two sides, given op­po­nents Amer­sham were un­ques­tion­ably on top.

Bat­ting first, Amer­sham started ner­vously un­der damp and cloudy con­di­tions.

Uzair Khan (3-59) was the man do­ing the early dam­age as he re­duced Amer­sham to 46-3.

How­ever, af­ter de­lays for the rain Amer­sham started to crack things up with 68 and 114 run part­ner­ships for the fourth and fifth wick­ets, en­sur­ing a very com­pet­i­tive look­ing to­tal was start­ing to be amassed.

Oliver Had­dock (84) and Luke Jack­son (51) were at the heart of those part­ner­ships as the home side even­tu­ally de­clared on 2286.

In re­sponse, OMT got off to a very fast start as Dy­lan Amin (54) struck a T20-style 33-ball half cen­tury.

Dis­ap­point­ingly though, OMT never re­ally got to grips with the con­di­tions and wick­ets fell steadily to ham­per the run chase.

OMT were in­deed pre­car­i­ously placed on 130-6 be­fore the rain fi­nally halted pro­ceed­ings for the fi­nal time.

Mean­while, OMT sec­onds got back to win­ning ways with a fine, but tense, two-wicket win over Ted­ding­ton Town.

n NERVELESS: Uxbridge’s bats­men hit a to­tal of 178

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