Raf hits the winning runs
Pacific v Clapton & Oval CC at Springfield Park
Sat 11 Sep 2021 at 1pm
Won by 2 wickets
North East London Cricket League

Springfield Park saw an interesting match contested between Pacific and Clapton & Oval, which would ebb and flow in one team's favour and then the other as the afternoon went on.

Batting first, Clapton found the going very tough as Jithin George (4 for 36) and Hishaam Siddiqui (2 for 27) bowled with decent pace on a wicket that resembled a minefield, with balls popping viciously and creating divots. After both opening batsmen fell early, No 3 Adil Bhatti (15) hit three fours in the same over before being caught tidily when blasting one at Toby Chasseaud at cover and Clapton would soon find themselves in big trouble at 38 for 5.

In the middle to lower order, Amir Khan (18), Mohammed Iqbal (12) and Ismail Matvad (16) made handy contributions as Clapton recovered somewhat to 100 for 9.

But then the tail really did wag as No 10 Amir Khan smashed 38 not out, ably assisted by No 11 Rohin Dastidar, who hung around for 9. Clapton were finally bowled out for 154 in 27 overs.

Jack Mendel picked up 1 for 16, Rafiq Ratta 2 for 40, and Rizwan Siddiqui 1 for 12.

When it was their turn to bat, Pacific found the new ball as difficult to face as Clapton had. After being hit in the throat by a ball that popped dangerously, Jasbir Basi battled his way valiantly to 10 against the triple-pronged pace attack of Matvad (2 for 27), Yousaf Khan (1 for 22) and Freddie Clark (0-22). Given the uneven bounce it is a wonder that they didn't take more wickets. But Randheer “Reny” Ponnamkunnath, in at No 4, batted with composure and controlled aggression to make 45 with shots all around the park. No 5 Nick Epstein only made three but helped to build a productive partnership as he kept Reny company. Rizwan Siddiqui hit 33 including a big six over long off, before being caught at long on. Wicketkeeper Mutz Siddiqui made a useful 11 not out although he had to be admonished for running out his nephew Hishaam who had looked very good for his five. Nerves were high at the end but this didn't seem to affect No 10 Ratta, who hit a glorious straight four to see Pacific home with an over to spare and two wickets remaining.

Adil Bhatti took 2 for 37, and Iqbal Miah 1-39.


Clapton & Oval CC v Pacific
Toss won by Clapton & Oval CC
 
Clapton & Oval CC innings  R  M  B  4  6
Jamie   b George   5  0  0  0  0  
Jamil   b Siddiqui   1  0  0  0  0  
Adil   c Chasseaud b George   15  0  0  3  0  
Freddie   lbw b Siddiqui   6  0  0  1  0  
Yusuf   c Siddiqui b George   0  0  0  0  0  
Amir   b Ratta   18  0  0  4  0  
Mo Iqbal   c Siddiqui b George   12  0  0  1  1  
Iqbal*   lbw b Ratta   6  0  0  0  0  
Ish   lbw b Mendel   16  0  0  3  0  
Amir K   not out    38  0  0  5  1  
Rohin   b Siddiqui   9  0  0  2  0  
 Extras (b 4, lb 0, w 22, nb 2) 28    
 TOTAL (28.5 Overs) 154    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Jithin George   8  0  36  4  
 Hishaam Siddiqui   5  0  27  2  
 Jack Mendel   4  0  16  1  
 Rafiq Ratta   5  0  40  2  
 Nick Epstein   2  0  10  0  
 Randheer Ponnamkunnath   2  0  8  0  
 Rizwan Siddiqui   2.5  0  12  1  
 
 
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Jasbir Basi   c Point b Ishmail   10  0  34  1  0  
Toby Chasseaud   c Keeper b Yusuf   3  0  27  0  0  
Amandeep Dhir   c Keeper b Ishmail   0  0  9  0  0  
Randheer Ponnamkunnath   b Adil   45  0  34  7  1  
Nick Epstein   c Mid-wicket b Iqbal   3  0  29  0  0  
Rizwan Siddiqui*   c Long on b Mo Iqbal   33  0  38  2  1  
Jithin George   b Adil   6  0  6  1  0  
Murtaza Siddiqui†   not out    11  0  19  1  0  
Hishaam Siddiqui   run out Fielder    5  0  7  0  0  
Rafiq Ratta   not out    5  0  4  1  0  
Jack Mendel   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 0, w 18, nb 10) 34    
 TOTAL (39.0 Overs) 155    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Ishmail   8  2  27  2  
 Yusuf   8  3  22  1  
 Freddie   8  3  22  0  
 Adil   6.5  0  32  2  
 Iqbal   5  0  34  1  
 Mo Iqbal   3  0  13  0