Monday, July 14, 2014

Scintillating Scintilla reach pole position

Barking & Dagenham club win six games in a row

Emdad Rahman

Scintilla CC vs Newham CC
Venue: Bobby Moore Pavilion, Flanders Playing Fields, Napier Road, E6 2SG East Ham, London

Scintillating Scintilla CC stormed to the top of the table with a no holds barred beating of Newham CC in the latest round of games in the Essex County Cricket League (ECCL). It was the Barking & Dagenham Clubs sixth win in a row.

Scintila won the toss and with a damp wicket opted for Newham to bat first. Newham’s experienced openers held their nerve during an early Scintilla barrage and coupled with some loose bowling racked up 60 runs in 9 overs.
Scintilla introduced two debutants in Sabbir al Mahmud Sany and Mobassher Ahmed. Newham proved a tough baptism as 24 runs were conceded in just two overs and 36 runs in 5 overs respectively.

Ashfaqur Rahman Nobel replaced Sany and impressed with his in-swingers. Nobel grabbed 3 wickets in his 7 overs with a maiden over for his records.

But Kashif Iqbal of Newham CC seemed unstoppable as he pierced through Scintilla CC bowling attacks and fielding with the greatest of ease. He reached his half century but that was to be the end of the line. Up stepped Enamul Haque Jr to claim Iqbal’s scalp, caught at the covers by the evergreen veteran Sajal Rahman who took a gravity defying back leap and catch. The moment conjured by Enamul Haque Junior and Sajal Rahman proved an inspirational catalyst.

Haque Jr once again showed his class as he demolished the Newham CC middle order batting line-up. He finished his 9-over spell with 4 wickets and only gave away 20 runs to the opposition.

Scintilla CC captain, Faris Almas-Lee Rosmanizam decided to take up bowling spin from the other end and managed to support Haque Jr in restricting the runs. Rosmanizam ended with 1 wicket for 37 runs in 7 overs.
Newham CC were all bowled out for 195 runs in 43 overs.

An aggressive start from Scintilla’s top order batsmen dominated the opposition bowlers until Ashraful Islam was bowled as the opener alongside Sajal Rahman fully utilised the powerplay overs by clearing Newham CC deliveries frequently over the fielders. With this brutal display Scintilla CC reached 60 runs in just 6 overs.

Nobel again flourished with the bat as he struck 58 runs in his innings. He showed patience and calmness, and was ably supported by Rosmanizam (10 runs) and Bellal Hossain (39 runs). The talented Hossain reached a quickfire 39 from 29 deliveries before a mistimed shot and was caught out.

Nerves took hold as Scintilla CC lost another 2 quick wickets - Mobassher Ahmed and Ahmed Choudhury with 9 runs left for a win. Nevertheless, Abul Hasib (4 runs) and Enamul Haque Jr stayed calm with Haque Junior hitting a boundary to to secure victory by 3 wickets in hand and with 16 overs to spare.

Scintilla captain Rosmanizam said: “More points for Scintilla CC but we should have done better in all departments. There was complacency in the field and we must improve if we want to win the championship. Further work needs to be done and I hope the players learn from the mistakes as early as possible since the season is already half-way completed.”

Enamul Haque Junior said; “It was a tough game and there were some outstanding performances from Newham CC. It was a difficult win. A lot of the boys were fasting so the victory is extra sweet.”
Man of the match Ashfaqur Rahman Nobel added; “Newham CC are always tough and rugged opponents. I’m pleased with my performance but even more pleased that the team secured the points. I’m glad we don’t play Newham CC every week.

Brief scores:
Result: Scintilla CC won by 3 wickets

Scintilla CC won the toss and elected to field

Newham CC 195 all out in 43 overs. Enamul Haque Jr 4 for 20, Ashfaqur Rahaman Nobel 3 for 23
Scintilla CC 196-3 in 29 overs. Ashfaqur Rahaman Nobel 58, Bellal Hossain 39

Man of the match: Ashfaqur Rahman Nobel (Scintilla CC)

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