Khan’s destructive spell saves Taylors’
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