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Match Report - 2's Away @ Inkberrow CC

Match Report - 2's Away @ Inkberrow CC

Iain Wingfield4 Jun - 09:23
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Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat!

Buoyed by last week's win, the 2's marched on to an away day at league leaders Inkberrow CC. Although there were no homemade chicken kebabs on offer, the promise of a tea at the interval lifted everyone's spirits and delivered an absolute thriller.

Skipper Zoheeb Ahmed won the toss for the second week in a row, and opted to bat first on a track that looked like it may break up in the latter half of the game. Openers Joe Hill and Mohammed Junaid got Ways off to a good start, Joe riding his luck somewhat and Junaid striking two powerful 4's and a huge 6 before falling to bowler Dale for 25, getting one that kept low. Joe was out LBW shortly after leaving the score at 65-2. Mohammed Aneeq hit a glorious cover drive before being bowled and Zoheeb added useful runs before slashing one to Braddock Jr of Inkberrow. Ways lost more wickets in quick succession before Nabeel Tahir and Toqeer Ahmed came to the crease with the score at 92-7. Both read the situation perfectly, rotating the strike whilst punishing the bad ball to keep the scoreboard ticking over. By the time Toqeer fell to the sharp bowling of Parish, the pair had added a crucial 59 runs to propel the score to a respectable 151-8. Spencer McKenna and Malyar Safi both played a supporting role before Nabeel finally fell for 40 and Ways all out for 162 from 39.4 overs.

The high quality tea of scones and clotted cream, fruit cocktails on sticks, mini samosas and array of sandwiches were eagerly consumed before returning to the field of play with a target of 163 to win (Inkberrow also had a man leave early during the tea break). Haroon Khan delivered a storming speech to rouse the troops and the bowlers delivered. Nabeel trapping the opener Guy LBW and Spencer using his trademark swing to create a nick off which left Inkberrow 29-2. Electric fielding from Zoheeb created a run out and accurate bowling from Toqeer forced a mistake from the batsman putting the score at 59-4. Malyar bowled tidily in the middle overs but a strong recovery followed from batters Eaton and Braddock Jr who built a very useful partnership and continually put the ball into the gaps in the field, both looked to put the game beyond Ways until the skipper threw the ball to Zain Khakwani. Zain bowled fast and got one to creep through the defence of the resolute Eaton to make it 118-5 before rattling the stumps again for 133-6. With the game seemingly heading for a comfortable Inkberrow win - and every run being cheered by the partisan home crowd - Toqeer took an excellent catch off Nabeel to drastically shift the momentum and leave 7 runs to win with the score at 157-7. Calm in the face of the storm, Nabeel bowled Noble for 21 to make it 161-8 (effectively 9) before the field was brought into crowd the batsman. If Inkberrow were to win, they would have to go aerial. The plan worked, Freeman attempted to flash one over the top but miscued, smashing the ball into the path of Khurram Mirza, who clutched the ball gratefully into his chest.

Jubilation for Ways, devastation for Inkberrow.

A fantastic win by 1 run and a victory for the ages for Ways, made better by every single player contributing to the win and reinforcing the "never say die" attitude being fostered in the 2's.

What a performance - you genuinely couldn't write it.

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