Mag­i­cal Man­soor in form with 12 sixes

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports - By ALAN SWANN @Alan­swan­net

ZEE­SHAN Man­soor en­sured the 2012 Jaidka Cup started with a bang.

The Bar­nack bats­man clubbed 12 sixes in an in­nings of 95 not out as his side despatched Yax­ley by 50 runs in their first round tie.

“It was awe­some, sim­ply awe­some,” en­thused Bar­nack skip­per Steve Best af­ter his side amassed 192-5 in their 20 overs.

Most of Man­soor’s max­i­mums ar­rived off the bowl­ing of slow lef­t­armer Nick Cow­ley who con­ceded 61 runs from his four overs to make a mock­ery of his ‘one to watch’ de­scrip­tion in the Evening Tele­graph’s first round pre­view.

Yax­ley replied with 142-8 with Stu­art Brown fin­ish­ing un­beaten on 45.

Else­where ‘Bruce Almighty’ pow­ered Peter­bor­ough Town to an em­phatic win over hold­ers Bourne last night.

Lewis Bruce took the op­por­tu­nity to en­ter­tain a de­cent Bret­ton Gate crowd by reg­u­larly dip­ping into the big­gest shot locker in lo­cal cricket.

Cover drives, back foot punches and strong pulls were all in ev­i­dence as Bruce fin­ished un­beaten on 54 when Town eased past Bourne’s 113 with eight wick­ets and 24 balls to spare.

Town were in a lit­tle trou­ble at 17-2, but Bruce and David Clarke (41no) put on an un­bro­ken 99 for the third wicket to see their side home.

Bourne blasted plenty of boundaries them­selves, but also dis­played sui­ci­dal ten­den­cies. ‘Kamikaze’ bat­ting Town skip­per Ajaz Akhtar called it as the vis­i­tors in­evitably fol­lowed sixes and fours with a wicket.

Akhtar was treated in dis­mis­sive fash­ion by bang in-form Bourne bat­ter Con­rad Louth who ham­mered him for two sixes and two fours in a two-over spell that cost the cap­tain 26 runs.

But teenage off-spin­ner Rob Sayer had the shack­les on at the other end. He dis­missed Ben Stroud first ball and then snared Louth for 25.

Bourne, whose cap­tain and star man Pete Mor­gan was a late dropout be­cause of work com­mit­ments, went on to club six sixes be­tween them (even num­ber 10 Adam Binns smacked pace­man Jamie Smith for a straight max­i­mum), but they failed mis­er­ably to work the ball around and their final score was never likely to bother a Town bat­ting line-up burst­ing with tal­ent.

Smith fin­ished with 3-21 to sup­ple­ment Sayer’s 2-12, while Bruce also picked up two wick­ets de­spite bowl­ing be­low par.

Town now play Wis­bech in next week’s quar­ter-fi­nals af­ter the Fen­men’s 124-run de­mo­li­tion of Uf­ford Park.

Gary Freear took the man of the match award af­ter fol­low­ing a 48ball 63 (one six, 10 fours) with three wick­ets in the one over he bowled.

Wis­bech piled up 199-4 in their 20 overs and Ben All­sop took four wick­ets as Uf­ford were dis­missed for just 75.

FINE KNOCK: Peter­bor­ough Town’s David Clarke is pic­tured dur­ing his knock of 41 not out against Bourne. (METP-23-05-12AS169).


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