12:00PM, Friday 07 June 2019
Boyne Hill snatched victory by one wicket with three balls to spare in a topsy turvy game at Wargrave on Saturday.
The home side won the toss and were happy to bat first in good conditions. However Ziya Mohamed and Wasim Maharoof bowled superbly with the new ball to reduce Wargrave to 12-4 with 2 wickets apiece, aided by a spectacular catch at 3rd slip from Hamid Riaz.
Imran Malik and Michael Holder then joined in a fine partnership, consolidating and putting away the bad ball with aplomb. Holder eventually reached a fine century before the returning Mohamed dismissed him. Malik fell 5 short of a deserved ton when he was trapped lbw for 95. The innings then fell away somewhat as Mohamed 4/32 and Maharoof 3/56 bowled well at the death to restrict Wargrave to 261/7.
Boyne Hill's reply got off to a bad start with Jack Clark making two early breakthroughs. Matt Leipold (40) and Sajid Ali (56) got things back on track before Leipold was crucially caught at long off. Mark Firth (3/35) made further inroads and when Ali was out stumped for a fine half century Hill were in big trouble at 130/6.
Mohamed (34) and Simon Carter then bought their team back into the game with a partnership of 75, Carter the dominant partner smashing a number of boundaries as Hill looked to exploit Wargraves fifth bowler.
He was finally yorked for a fine 50 and with Mohamed and Maharoof both departing soon after it was left to Tom Mellor (18no) and Naveed Zaigham to try and get the final 24 runs.
They eventually got it down to three from the final over and Mellor hit the third ball over mid off for four to grab a vital victory for the Hill.
Reflecting on his side's narrow victory, Mellor said: “It was a great win for us, it was a strange game because they were 12-4 and got 261 but you have to give their two lads a lot of credit as they barely gave a chance.
“Ziya Mohamed and Wasim Maharoof bowled superbly for us at both ends of the innings. They have been our stand out players so far this year.
“Some of our best players have not quite fired so far but to win from 130-6 shows the depth we have.
“Simon Carter targetted their fifth bowler very well and changed the momentum of the game.
“We are looking forward to the game Saturday, North Maidenhead have some very good players so it should be an interesting challenge.
“They have won all their games easily so far so hopefully we can take the game deep and put some of their other players under pressure.”
Boyne Hill remain third with a big game against joint leaders North Maidenhead this week. Wargrave travel to the other top of the table side Cove.
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