Shak goes on the at­tack with some sen­sa­tional swing bowl­ing

Cricket - Five wick­ets in five balls for Ket­ton star

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @PTAlanSwann

A sen­sa­tional spell of swing bowl­ing from Shakir Mah­mood pro­pelled Ket­ton closer to pro­mo­tion to Rut­land Di­vi­sion One. Mah­mood­dis­missed­fiveNew­bor­ough­bats­menin­five­balls, three at the end of one over and two more with the first twoballs of the fol­low­ing over.

It’s a rare achieve­ment for theall-rounder. It’s nev­er­hap­pened in first-class cricket.

Mah­moood’s spell caused New­bor­ough to col­lapse from 74-2 to 81 all out and set Ket­tonup­fora10-wick­etwin, are­sult that cat­a­pulted them 84 points clear in Di­vi­sion Two!

“I’ve never seen any­thing like it,” claimed Ket­ton skip­per RobVi­tas. “Strangely Shakir hadn’t been get­ting many wick­ets this sea­son.”

Four New­bor­ough men were out for ‘golden ducks.’ Mah­mood f i nished with fugures of 7-33.

It was an ex­cel­lent week­end all round for Ket­ton who had­scoredashock70-run­win at Saf­fron Walden in Cambs Di­vi­sion One24hoursear­lier.

Mah­mood(54& 2-34) again played well as did Peter Rowe who took three wick­ets and ran two op­po­nents out, one with a di­rect hit from the bound­ary line.

Ket­ton­havean­oth­er­tricky Cambs League match on Satur­day when trav­el­ling to God­manch­ester.

Ram­sey should be able to bounce back from their topof-the-ta­ble de­feat to Fox­ton by win­ning at lowly Bur­well sec­onds this week­end.

Ram­sey failed by 33 runs to over­haul Fox­ton’s 238-7 to fall into third place, one spot be­hind Wis­bech who beat God­manch­ester by 60 runs torecordafourth­straightwin.

In Di­vi­sion Two March and New­bor­ough fought out a thrilling tie at Bur­row­moor Road.

Vamshi Par­vatha­neni (51) and Matt Caw­ley (49) added 104 for the eighth wicket for New­bor­ough who closed on 185-8. March re­quired three to win with three wick­ets left, butDaveS­trat­ton­struck­twice late on to force the tie.

It wasn’t a com­pletely dis­as­trous day for sec­ond-placed March as lead­ers St Ives were beaten by 13 runs at Uf­ford Park for whom Tan­vir Hus­sain scored 87 out of 158.

Shakir Mah­mood bowl­ing for Ket­ton against New­bor­ough last week­end.

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