Emdad Rahman: The first round of the Essex County Cricket League’s Cup tournament saw Scintilla CC from Barking and Dagenham storm to a measured win over Noak Hill.
Scintilla lost the toss and Noak Hill captain Mick Hodgson asked his opposition skipper Ahmed Choudhury to bat first.
With a fierce swing on the ball, Scintilla openers Abul Hasib (9) and Mohsin Dar (29) played with vigilance. Mohammed Billal scored 21 after the loss of Hasib to take the Scintilla score past the half century mark.
Dar was particularly impressive. The Scintilla opener had returned to the crease after a 4 year absence and displayed an impressive array of shots before his lack of match practise and overall fitness led to him thumping his own wicket after sweeping Platter’s unhurried delivery.
Violet Niloy, Aaman Khan, Abdul Mohit and a crucial knock from Ahsan Bashir (39) took the score past the 150 mark for Scintilla.
In reply Noak hill succumbed to the pace of Aaman Khan, Forhad, Abdul Mohit, Abul Hasib and Shakil Bhuiyan.
The openers struggled with the pace of Scintilla’s Minhaz Khan and Forhad Abedin. A couple of dropped catches proved fortunate for Noak Hill and Phil Bellot (19), Andy Little (22) and Adam Crane (19) capitalised to ramp up the Noak Hill total to 82.
Abdul Muhit (2-8) and Shakil Bhuyan (2-13) proved to be the eventual match clinchers as Scintilla waltzed to a 62-run win.
"I am very pleased with this result especially with the team work produced by my boys. We now focus on the premier division and hope that we have a good run on the league:" said Scintilla skipper Ahmed Choudhury.
The new Premier Division campaign begins against Ace on Saturday.