Sligo crick­eters shine in con­sec­u­tive wins

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

IT has been a very ju­bi­lant week for county Sligo Cricket Club play­ers as they beat Bal­ly­hau­nis Cricket club in the Con­nacht League game and also beat County Ca­van Cricket club to qual­ify for the Con­nacht Cup Fi­nal 2018.

This win­ning cam­paign started with an em­phatic win over Ca­van Cricket Club.

Hav­ing won the toss and elected to field first proved a mis­er­able de­ci­sion by the Ca­van Cap­tain. Though Sligo lost two early wick­ets in a quick suc­ces­sion, an ex­cel­lent knock of Fawad Khan (116) with the con­tri­bu­tion of Rawal Waseem (32), Rashid Waseem (35) Muham­mad Asif (19) and quick smashes of Luq­man Bashir (16), Rizwan Sikander (13) in the last overs posted a gi­gan­tic to­tal of 277/8 in 40 overs. The most pro­saic cen­tury of the day be­longed to Fawad Khan who scored his maiden cen­tury and sec­ond in the club’s his­tory since 2009.

Ca­van started quick and placed them­selves in pretty sound po­si­tion in the first few overs.

Ca­van’s Has­san Mehmood pressed the panic but­ton for Sligo bowlers and ruth­lessly hit them to get his 50 runs in no time but an ex­cel­lent pacey yorker by Ghu­lam Nabi showed him the way to pavil­ion.

Ca­van’s mid­dle or­der re­sisted a lit­tle bit but not enough to take con­trol of the game as Sligo bowlers kept their line and length dead right and took all 10 wick­ets for just 174 runs 32.5 overs.

The sec­ond game vs Bal­ly­hau­nis was al­most the same sight as Sligo won the toss and elected to bat first.

After los­ing an early first wicket, two mag­nif­i­cent knocks by Jou­bert Pien­aar (93) and Rawal Waseem (46) set the plat­form to put a big score on the board. Cen­tu­rion from the last game con­tin­ued where he left and made quick 61 runs with seven huge sixes. Rashid Waseem (22 and Dr Ah­mad Iqbal (26) took Sligo score to an­other huge to­tal.

Sligo ended up with 288/6 in lim­ited 40 overs. In re­sponse, Bal­ly­hau­nis stum­bled from the very first over when Luq­man Bashir (30/2 in 5.3 overs, Yasir Raja (35/3 in 5.3 overs) took 4 wick­ets in first 5 overs and left the whole team in sham­bles. Bal­ly­hau­nis late mid­dle or­der tried to fight but shore was far away and the waves were very high.

The whole team bowled out on 196 in 31.3 over. Rawal Waseem took man­aged to take 3 wick­ets with the in­put of Qaiser Mah­mood 24/1 in 5 overs and Umar Ali 1/21 in 3 overs.

The Con­nacht Cup Fi­nal will be played in Sligo on the 6th May Bank hol­i­day Mon­day.

The vis­i­tors are the same Bal­ly­hau­nis Cricket Club and Sligo would love to re­peat the same per­for­mance and lift the tro­phy after many years gap

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