Tan­vir’s ter­rific knock is all in vain

CRICKET: Wis­bech just man­age to hang on to top spot in the Cambs League

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - by ALAN SWANN

Wis­bEch with­stood an early and late bat­ter­ing from Khalsa be­fore sneak­ing a one-wicket win in cambs Di­vi­sion One at hare­croft Road.

Khalsa pro­moted Pak­istani pro­fes­sional Tan­vir Afzal to open the bat­ting and he was quick to con­tinue his out­stand­ing per­sonal record against the Fen­men.

Last sea­son Afzal bagged a hat­trick for Nass­ing­ton against Wis­bech, but this time his flash­ing blade did the dam­age as he thumped seven sixes in a 79-ball in­nings of 111.

Tas Ahmed (50) helped him put on 155 for the first wicket, but Wis­bech fought back well to dis­miss Khalsa for 246.

Gary Freear bagged three wick­ets and went on to make 83 with the bat.

When he and fel­low Mi­nor Coun­ties star James Wil­liams (64) were at the crease, the home side were cruis­ing, but from 203-2 they slumped to 225-9 in the face of some fine bowl­ing from Kamran Hu­mayun and Afzal.

But Carl Pope and Craig John­son held their nerve to add 23 for the fi­nal wicket and see Wis­bech home in a nerve-jan­gler. Hu­mayun and Afzal each claimed four wick­ets for Khalsa.

Wis­bech needed to win to hold onto top spot as sec­ond-placed Cam­den were com­fort­able eight-wicket win­ners at Nass­ing­ton.

Danny De Saram made 53 of Nass­ing­ton’s 162, but Cambs Mi­nor Coun­ties leg­end Nigel Gadsby (71no) was im­mov­able for the vis­i­tors.

Cambs Uni­ver­sity open­ing bowler Rob Wool­ley has been play­ing ex­clu­sively as a bats­man for March, but he was al­lowed to turn his arm over in Cambs League cricket for the first time at Ram­sey.

The re­sult was im­pres­sive as Wool­ley’s 5-34 helped skit­tle the home side for 142 to com­plete a 50-run win for March.

Wool­ley also top scored with 57. Adrian Cade de­fied his ad­vanc­ing years to make 45 and take three wick­ets for Ram­sey whose Aussie im­port Pa­trick Yel­land has re­turned home af­ter fail­ing to make the grade at Crick­et­field Lane.

In Di­vi­sion Two Bar­nack’s sec­ond win of the sea­son was enough to take them off the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

They needed a ninth-wicket stand of 80 be­tween num­ber 10 Mo­hammed Ra­heel (55) and Pete Best to post 206 be­fore Mo­hammed Shahid (6-48) and Adam Scotcher (4-24) took all 10 Blun­tisham wick­ets to seal a 105-run suc­cess.

Yax­ley skip­per Stu­art Brown was

GREAT iN­NiNGs: again in out­stand­ing form, but bat­ting through the in­nings for 110 not out couldn’t save his side from a four-wicket de­feat at NCI.

Alis­tair Green­wood – or Ali G to use his street name – was the only other Yax­ley player to emerge with much credit fol­low­ing a score of 30 with 4-48.

Cas­tor failed to col­lect a sin­gle point from their 10-wicket de­feat by Saf­fron Walden sec­onds de­spite an open­ing stand of 64 be­tween skip­per Rob Vi­tas and Ashley Rodgers.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Zim­bab­wean one-day in­ter­na­tional Kevin Duers changed the game. He took 6-30 as Cas­tor were skit­tled for 130.

Wis­bEch: Pic­tured be­fore Satur­day’s win against Khalsa are from the left, back, Ben All­sop, Zac Brown, Sam Bran­don, Henry Rosier, Craig John­son, Simon Freear, front, Bradley Apted, Adam Hodg­son, James Wil­liams, Gary Freear, Carl Pope.

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