Moone shines for pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Hayes


Hayes 207 all out Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ 115 all out

Hayes won by 92 runs BILLY Moone kept Hayes in con­tention for pro­mo­tion af­ter lead­ing his team to a bat­tling win over rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’, writes Hay­ley Fox.

Moone, who re­turned to Hayes af­ter two years away, scored 32 runs and then charged the OMT bats­men with five wick­ets to se­cure a win.

With OMT open­ing play in the field, Josh Painter fell to Uzair Khan’s in­swing­ing de­liv­ery, then Jas­raj Ghrial cleared three big sixes in a knock of 38 runs be­fore fall­ing.

Dy­lan Amin took a few more wick­ets, leav­ing Hayes on 69-4 from 16 overs, be­fore the runs be­gan to flow for Hayes with help from cap­tain Shah­baz Haider and Yad­vin­der Singh, leav­ing them on 104-6.

With Ar­ron Davies and Kul­vin­der Singh per­ish­ing af­ter sen­si­ble in­nings, new ball pair­ing Moone and Ram­neek Ma­dial proved to be a solid part­ner­ship.

Ma­dial pro­vided a set of fast straight hits with Moone show­ing power to the end, end­ing the in­nings on 207 to the home side’s shock.

With a siz­able to­tal be­hind them and boosted con­fi­dence, Singh and Farhan Raja opened the bowl­ing. OMT’s Dy­lan Amin hit a cou­ple of crisp fours while Raja main­tained com­po­sure for him to be stumped out by Painter’s sharp work.

Haider made the bold de­ci­sion to un­leash Moone and Ma­dial once again, pay­ing div­i­dends with Moone hav­ing Bott caught be­hind his sec­ond over with a Painter catch.

Aaran Amin was bat­tling well but lost another part­ner as Sochan Modi fell to Moone, be­fore the man of the match re­turned to stump Amin.

OMT cap­tain Kavir Vedd had a big task with the score on 55-4, but Ma­dial pro­duced an im­pres­sive in­swinger to send him back to the pavil­ion.

Haider then caught one from Moone’s de­liv­ery, be­fore the lat­ter then smashed the stumps with a sen­sa­tional ball.

Raja re­moved a stub­born tailen­der for 34 be­fore wicket-taker Singh cleared up the rest to earn his side their third vic­tory in four games.

(From left) Billy Moone, Jas­raj Ghrial and Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’

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