Emdad Rahman: Scintilla CC vs Redbridge Park CC
Venue: London Marathon Playing Fields, Fairlop, London IG6 3HZ
Scintilla CC enjoyed a blistering start to the 2014 cricket season as they crushed Redbridge Park CC with a 9-wicket demolition in the first Essex County Cricket League cup match.
The match was played at the London Marathon Playing Fields near Fairlop. Scintilla captain Faris Almas-Lee Rosmanizam won the toss and elected to field after taking into consideration the damp wicket and windy weather.
The stubborn opening pair of Redbridge Park CC frustrated the Scintilla CC opening bowlers, Abul Hasib (0 for 21) and Aaman Khan (0 for 9).
The introduction of Ashfaqul Rahman Nobel (1 for 8) and Farhad Abedin (3 for 11) dispatched the openers. Nobel took a controversial wicket due to an above waist delivery which was still considered a fair ball.
At the other end Farhad's pace rendered the opposition useless whilst spinners Ayaz Karim and Fattah Chowdhury took two crucial wickets each and conceded 2 and 5 runs respectively in their overs.
Shaha Riadh and Bellal Hossain were among the more expensive bowlers who conceded 23 and 12 runs in their overs but managed to get 1 wicket each.
The match was a momentous event for Scintilla debutant Rokhan Khan. The Barking based Eastbury School pupil took his maiden wicket from his only over in the game.
Ayaz took the 10th wicket and Scintilla CC needed 97 to win with 10 wickets in hand, at just above 2.4 runs an over.
Opener and skipper Faris failed to score any runs and was given LBW. Faris was replaced by Bellal, who played a quick and confident 75 runs. He was well supported at the other end by fellow opener Abdullah Mohammed Khizir (17) who also scored the winning run by slashing the ball hard through the covers to guarantee a 9-wicket victory for Scintilla CC.
Team captain Faris said: “It was a really good team performance, even though this is the first time the team has played with this variation of players. Even though it is a big win, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels as the cricket season is a long 5 month journey.
"I expect big things from our players and hopefully we can deliver good performances throughout the league and cup matches this year.”
Scintilla CC will be playing away against Ford CC in the next game.
Result: Scintilla CC won by 9 wickets
Scintilla CC won the toss and elected to field first.
Redbridge CC 96 all out in 34.4 overs. Farhad Abedin 3-11 in 8 overs, Ayaz Karim 2-2 in 3.4 overs, Fattah Choudhury 2-5 in 5 overs.
Scintilla CC 97-1 in 14.2 overs. Bellal Hossain 75 n.o, Abdullah Mohammed Khizir 17 n. o.
Man of the match: Bellal Hossain