Khan’s de­struc­tive spell saves Tay­lors’

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Thames Val­ley League Di­vi­sion 3B Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ 154 all out British Air­ways 146 all out

OLD Mer­chant Tay­lors’ won a vi­tal match against fel­low strug­glers British Air­ways to give them­selves hope of sur­vival and push their op­po­nents closer to the drop.

Vic­tory by eight runs owed much to the per­for­mance of their bowlers af­ter their lack­lus­tre first in­nings to­tal of 154 gave them a tough score to de­fend.

No. 5 bats­man Dy­lan Amin top scored with 40 af­ter the top or­der had failed to cap­i­talise on their op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The quick-fire 10th wicket stand of nine be­tween Ro­han Maini and Drij Vyas also turned out to be cru­cial in the fi­nal overs.

British Air­ways ini­tially came out with a bang and looked set to chase down their vic­tory tar­get with rel­a­tive ease af­ter they reached 75-1 with Asam Ma­lik (54) look­ing well set at the crease.

OMT bowler Uzair Khan did lit­tle in his open­ing spell but re­turned half­way through the in­nings to turn the match on its head. BA lost their last six wick­ets for 34 runs to crum­ble at 146 all out. K

Khan’s five wick­ets ripped through BA’s bat­ting line up and he even­tu­ally fin­ished with 5-50 round­ing up a very suc­cess­ful day.

OMT’s se­conds did not en­joy sim­i­lar for­tune but avoided de­feat against Wind­sor. Af­ter win­ning the toss OMT elected to field. Nock­els (4-57) was the pick of the bowlers as Wind­sor de­clared on 248-6 with Aussie Deb­ney top scor­ing with 58no.

In re­ply, the signs were look­ing omi­nous as Tay­lors’ sunk to 137-7 de­spite Si­mon Board­ley’s 68 but they dug in and ground out a draw with Paul Katz bat­ting through un­til the end to en­sure they did not leave empty handed.

Mean­while, Hayes de­feated Ruis­lip by three wick­ets to go level with Bagshot at the top of the Di­vi­sion 3B ta­ble.

Three wicket hauls from Har­man Momi, Kul­vin­der Singh and Ram­neek Ma­dial helped re­strict Ruis­lip to 141 all out.

In re­ply, Momi car­ried over his good form with the ball and notched 55 not out in­clud­ing nine bound­aries which helped Hayes reach their re­quired tar­get in just 27.4 overs.

ON SONG: Har­man Momi, Kul­vin­der Singh, Nik Ma­dial, Yad Singh and Billy Moone of Hayes CC

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