02:00PM, Thursday 11 July 2019
Zein Hussein was the man of the hour as Holyport romped to a 202-run victory over Widmer End St Margarets in the Chilterns Cricket League Premier 2 on Saturday.
Hussein got his eye in early, playing a world-class knock of 105 to follow Daniyal Mumtaz’s 68 as Port produced the goods away from home.
Having won the toss Widmer opted to field first and Holyport took full advantage of their time at the crease. Mumtaz and Kashif Rasib opened well for the visitors before Hussein came in at number three to play his way to a ton. He was ably supported throughout and Rehmat Hussein also put in a strong showing with the bat to finish his time at the crease 54 not out. Those, coupled with captain Qadeer Rasool’s unbeaten 40, accelerated the Port total to a mammoth 302 in 42 overs.
The Widmer response started in steady fashion as Sandeep Ahlawat (13) and Ramesh Sistia (12) put runs on the board, but Taz Choudry
(2-24) made life difficult for the Widmer top order.
A. Law (27) and B. Hobbs (27) played steady in the middle order but the bowling of Adrian Mumtaz (5-16) soon cut apart the hosts’ middle and lower order.
Adrian Mumtaz’s delivery helped dismiss Hobbs before his ruthless bowling finished off the final four batsmen, all for ducks, to scupper any chance of a comeback as Widmer fell all out for just 100.
The win sets up a tasty tie this coming Saturday as second-placed Port take on league leaders Freith away from home, hoping to not only leapfrog their opponents into first place but be the first side to hand the table-toppers defeat this season. The match gets underway at 1pm.
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