Khalsa through af­ter a thrilling semi-fi­nal clash

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by ALAn sWAnn

KHALSA will take their place in the Jaidka Cup Fi­nal next week, but it was a shame any­one had to lose a quite bril­liant game of cricket in Mar­ket Deep­ing last night.

Af­ter 365 runs in 40 overs, 12 sixes, 27 fours, some ex­cep­tional bowl­ing at the death and enough field­ing er­rors to fill a com­edy DVD, the win­ning mar­gin was just nine runs and the re­sult was in doubt un­til two balls from the end.

Khalsa smashed 187-5 in their 20 overs thanks to two bril­liant in­nings, one at the start from lo­cal taxi driver Amir Shazad and one at the end from for­mer Por­tuguese in­ter­na­tional Tariq Aziz.

Shazad had com­pleted his 50 by the end of the sixth over by scor­ing al­most ex­clu­sively in bound­aries. He hit suc­ces­sive max­i­mums off Ali Sharp’s first two balls straight over the pavil­ion and into the car park.

Deep­ing fought back to re­duce Khalsa to 106-5, but Aziz was still there and he found a use­ful foil in 17 year-old Aziz Khan.

Aziz played a su­perbly con­trolled in­nings of 61 not out, reach­ing his 50 in just 27 balls – eight balls faster that Shazad – and it ap­peared that the match was over by half-time.

But Deep­ing cap­tain David Gil­lett and Jamie Mor­gan launched a thrilling counter-at­tack which in­cred­i­bly had their side ahead of the rate on 99-1 af­ter 10 overs.

Mor­gan was cru­cially run out by Meli Adi­tia’s fin­ger­tips when back­ing up a fierce Gil­lett drive and the lit­tle off-spin­ner then bowled the cap­tain.

Sharp and Lee Pea­cock then blasted Deep­ing back into it be­fore Adi­tia made his third cru­cial in­ter­ven­tion by hold­ing on to a dif­fi­cult bound­ary catch to dis­miss Pea­cock.

Thirty-six off four overs be­came 26 off three overs and then 18 off two overs. Teenager Khan bowled a bril­liant penul­ti­mate over – es­pe­cially as he’d gone for 50 in his first three overs – to leave Deep­ing need­ing 15 from the fi­nal six overs.

Aziz en­sured they didn’t man­age it, but, even though not a lot of thought was put into some of the bowl­ing and the field­ing was quite dread­ful, cricket was the real win­ner at the per­fect venue (ex­cel­lent track, small bound­aries) for a limited overs con­test.

Khalsa now play Bourne in the fi­nal at Bar­nack next Wed­nes­day.

Peter­bor­ough Wood­ston

HALF-CEN­TURY: Tariq Aziz

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