04:15PM, Friday 28 August 2020
North Maidenhead are still waiting on their first league victory since cricket’s resumption following a comprehensive eight-wicket defeat at the hands of Boyne Hill.
Maids made the short trip to face the Thames Valley Cricket League Division 1 table-toppers on Saturday, eager to crack on after their rained off fixture last time out.
But any hopes of a prolonged afternoon of cricket were dashed as Boyne Hill’s bowling attack skittled the visitors for just 74 off 27.3 overs.
The tone was set when opener Shafiq Khan was run out for just four runs.
Gurveer Singh (20) was the only player able to make any sort of impression with the bat with Maids’ batting line-up faltering at almost every opportunity.
Even skipper Majid Ashraf (7) surrendered his wicket cheaply as he was also run out for a single figure score.
The visitors limped to 74 all-out with Usman Ilyas (4-12) the pick of the bowlers for the hosts.
Hamid Riaz (2-5) also played his part cleaning up the tail by picking up two wickets off just 2.3 overs.
Boyne Hill rattled the required runs off in relatively quick fashion with opener Suman Shrestha making 38 before he was caught off the bowling of Gurveer Singh.
Singh then had Ilyas caught for a duck but it was to be no more than a consolation with James Hammerton making an unbeaten 16 alongside Sajid Ali (4) to steer the hosts home with eight wickets in hand.
North Maidenhead welcome Cookham Dean to Summerleaze Road on Saturday, August 29 while Boyne Hill travel to Stoke Green.
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