10:38AM, Tuesday 14 May 2019
Fahim Qureshi showcased his undoubted ability with an unbeaten century as North Maids chased down Wargrave for a seven wicket win in Division 1 on Saturday.
North Maids have made some solid acquisitions over the summer and this opening day win, albeit over a newly promoted side, suggests they might just have what it takes to challenge again this summer.
Wargrave got off to the worst possible start, with Mandip Sohi departing for one run to Qamer Shan in the first few overs. A foot-hold was established by Michael Holder (23) and Salman Khalid (18), while they looked well set for a decent total when Michael Cowdell (20) sent a couple of deliveries crashing to the boundary. But wickets fell at regular intervals, with skipper Neal Robinson falling to Mirban Saleem (2-23) for 24. Sahaan John once again kept his opponents on a tight leash, finishing with best figures of 3-26 as Wargrave were restricted to 179-9 from 50 overs.
In Qureshi North Maids have a player who'll look to dominate with the bat - having played several levels higher for Slough CC in Home Counties Cricket. He anchored the side's assured run chase belting an unbeaten 103 from just 119 deliveries. Seven fours were dispatched alongside two hefty sixes. Mark Firth ploughed a lone furrow to keep the home side in check, with figures of 3-41, but help was a little thin on the ground from his teammates as North Maids charged to victory for the loss of three wickets in 44.4 overs.
Shafiq Khan made 23 from 38 balls and Usman Ilyas (8) hit two boundaries from the four balls he faced. Captain Imran Butt's (12) innings was cut short by a Michael Holder catch from Firth's bowling, but his side never looked like relinquishing control.
They collect 20 points for their efforts, with Wargrave taking seven points from their opening Division 1 encounter.
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