3 weeks ago
By Falkland CC
1xi off the mark with comprehensive victory against Slough 2xi
A complete around performance from Falkland gave them a comprehensive and first win of the season over Slough 2’s at Enbourne Road Saturday.
Winning the toss captain Jason Williams was happy to let his batsman make first use of the hard wicket and make use of it they did.
The new opening partnership of Will Langmead and Zafer Ali immediately tore into anything loose from the Slough opening attack with balls flying to all corners of the ground. The Slough bowlers had no answer to the inform Langmead who continued in fine form and with Ali also punishing anything loose the score easily moved on pass the 50 mark without any loss.
The second 50 was just as easy for Langmead and Ali as Langmead soon passed his fifty. With 127 on the board a tired looking shot from Ali saw him perish for a well made 47 and the over preceding drinks saw the demise of Langmead for 68. Bruce Martin and Deep Dosanjh both looked in decent touch before both fell for 16 and 14 respectively and at 148-4 Falkland would have been hoping for not another batting collapse that they saw at Henley. Luckily overseas player Antum Naqvi had other ideas and showed just what could be done with some well placed shots and boundaries. Falkland soon raced past the 200 mark with Naqvi and Bobby Malik adding 47 for 6th wicket. Once Malik had departed for 19 Naqvi continued with punishing anything loose and he and Williams (2*) saw Falkland past the 250 mark and ending up on 252-7 after 50 overs with Naqvi remaining on an excellent 58 not out.
It was now the turn of the Falkland bowlers Martin and Charlie Dale to see what they could do. Knowledge from previous Slough exploits showed that attack was the best form of defence for them and they did not disappoint the neutrals dispatching any loose shots and racing to 48 without loss after only 6 overs. A spell of 3 balls then changed the game with Dale removing Rafiq for 8 caught by Williams at mid off and then Janshad being run out 2 balls later for 22 after a brilliant direct hit from Williams. It was a 3 balls that Slough never really recovered from with Martin easily accounting for the number 3 Avas and then Dale claiming his 2nd removing Akhtar for 7. Dale completing a luckless spell really with 2-41 off his 10 and Martin 1-33 from 6. The arrival of Bobby Malik completely destroyed the Slough middle order with only S Akhtar causing a small problem for Falkland with some monster hitting before eventually trying one shot too many of Malik and being well caught by Dale for 36. Malik ending up with figures of 3-19 off 8.
A sloppy last 30 minutes of play allowed Slough to build a more respectable innings with Falkland dropping several chances before Kieran Wood ended the game with his first wicket and Slough being dismissed with only 180 on the board.
Falkland will now hope to keep their role going when they travel to another of the promoted teams in North Maidenhead.