Rory roars for Shots

Alder­shot ............. 254-3 Chiswick & Lat .... 231-7

Aldershot News & Mail - - ROUND-UP -

RORY COLLINS made full use of a dream bat­ting track to smash a glo­ri­ous cen­tury but Alder­shot failed to force a re­sult which would have given their faint pro­mo­tion hopes a huge lift.

The Aus­tralian fringe first­teamer gave a timely nudge to cap­tain Amir Hameed with a mag­nif­i­cent un­beaten 102 and he and young­sters Jack Brom­ley and Scott Til­son – who both struck half cen­turies – gave Alder­shot a plat­form for vic­tory with a com­pelling 254-3.

Un­for­tu­nately for Hameed though, Chiswick found the con­di­tions equally as ben­e­fi­cial and they com­fort­ably held on for a share of the spoils with three wick­ets in hand.

The Shots looked like fall­ing to the curse of the ex­player when Vikas Tokas trapped Faisal Ab­bas for a duck. But, un­for­tu­nately for Tokas it wasn't to be his day as he was left to toil on a flat pitch for a re­turn of 1-79.

Mean­while, Brom­ley con­tin­ued to take the at­tack to the bowlers as he made his maiden first XI half cen­tury be­fore he was even­tu­ally caught for 59 from the re­li­able left arm seam of Aman Bha­tia.

Collins too was scor­ing freely, while giv­ing few op­por­tu­ni­ties to the bowlers, and even­tu­ally he and Til­son gave Hameed the lux­ury of declar­ing six overs early with the lat­ter fin­ish­ing on 52no.

Hameed chose to open the Chiswick in­nings with spin but the bowl­ing and field­ing was un­usu­ally prof­li­gate and the Chiswick opener Aamish Saini worked the ball tidily as he made 32. It was left to the seam­ers to make the first in­roads and Ben Boukhobza tak­ing took Saini’s wicket.

Chiswick looked as if they could be in the hunt for an un­likely run chase, led by Ro­hit Jhan­jharia’s fine 77. But he sealed his own down­fall when he was run out at­tempt­ing a third run to Bobby Gill’s throw from the boundary.

Gill then fol­lowed that up with an eco­nom­i­cal spell which yielded 2-47, although he was un­lucky not to add more, but de­spite the pres­sure, Harpreet Bha­tia (32) and Leo Glover (40) helped see the home safe to safety.

De­spite hav­ing the bet­ter of the draw with 13 points to Chiswick’s six, Alder­shot slid to sixth in Divi­sion 2B ahead of this Satur­day’s visit of rock bot­tom Slough II.

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