Match Report – Heckmondwike and Carlinghow A v. East Leeds A 2nd June 2018
Report by John Steel
East Leeds A 230 - 5Heckmondwike and Carlinghow A 135-10
East Leeds capitalised on the win over Sandal by making it two wins in two as they overcame Heckmondwike in a one sided affair at Cemetery Lane thanks to despite the loss of early wickets.
Skipper Dan Thewlis lost the toss and Osman Malik was joined by the returning Adam Lines to open the batting, however Lines having struck a beautiful cover drive for 4 once more paid the penalty from playing across the line to gift an easy caught and bowled to ex East Leeds junior, Martin Waldron and was followed in short order by Malik who played around a delivery from the artful Pickett to be bowled for 3 and leave East Leeds in some trouble at 10-2.
Thewlis then joined Darrell Jones to repair the damage through watchful defence and dismissal of the bad ball to add 62 for the third wicket before Jones sacrificed distance for height to be well taken by Shah off his own bowling for a valuable 20.
Mushtaq joined Thewlis in building a partnership of 86; Thewlis drove and pulled powerfully for 82 from 97 deliveries and was well supported by Mushtaq before missing a straight one from the left arm spinner, Hashmi to depart with the score on 158-4. Dan Lawrence, making his first appearance played himself in by leaving his first delivery before scoring 25 from the next 8 balls he faced including 3 sizzling boundaries and a huge 6 over long-on before one swish too many saw his timbers broken by the persistent Rowan. Steel went one better with a six off his first ball and managed 15 off 5 deliveries whilst Mushtaq went large at the other end in an unbroken stand of 45 in less than three overs to give the visitors maximum batting points. After a relatively slow start, Mushtaq smote 60 from 49 balls including 7 boundaries and 3 maximums.
Pickett was the pick of the home side’s bowling with 1-38 from 12, but he had little support from either fielders or the rest of the attack.
The match resumed with the hard hitting Symmons and Pickett facing up to the new ball attack of Shaan Ahmed and Shamraz Hussain. Symmons announced his intentions from the very first ball with a swing and a miss against Ahmed whilst Pickett, with minimal foot movement was content to support.
29-0 after 10 overs was a run or two behind where East Leeds had been with 2 wickets to the good, however the home side knew that this rate was not going to be good enough and the introduction of Mushtaq soon saw Pickett removed LBW for a stolid 14 from 41 balls.
Mushtaq struck again trapping Symmons LBW for 30; and it would be fair to say that whilst the batsman had been lucky to survive to that point, he was unfortunate to be given out. Mushtaq made it two in two when new man Hashmi gifted a gentle catch to Lines at mid-off to leave the home side 60-3.
Hussain had bowled tidily but, having dropped a fairly innocuous chance off his own bowling to give Waldron the first of his three lives he suffered the consequences when the Heckmondwike skipper heaved him over wide mid-on before unleashing a brutal pull through mid-wicket. Jagger joined Waldron to add 26 runs for the 4th wicket whilst Mushtaq was unlucky to see the skipper dropped twice in one over; Jones spilling a difficult chance in the deep and Lawrence a rather simpler attempt at deepish gully. Aslam, replacing Hussain at the Spen Valley end redressed the balance as a scything cut shot found safe harbour in the hands of Thewlis in the next over to effectively remove any faint hopes Heckmondwike may have had.
Aslam and Mushtaq then ran through the late middle order before Osman Malik replaced Aslam to take a wicket with his first ball for the club; a gentle push to cover where Ahmed took the catch before ending the innings by bowling the plucky Shah for 22.
Aslam’s had a pleasing return to form taking 3-24 from 8, but it was Mushtaq with a second 5for in as many weeks who was most impressive; tis in addition to his half century, (see below).
All the bowlers posed problems for the Heckmondwike batsmen; Hussain was particularly unlucky to remain wicketless after passing the outside edge on a number of occasions.
Fielding was generally sound with a few lapses, but Pearce performed admirably behind the timbers conceding just the 1 bye.
Shamoon “Bobby” Mushtaq’s match return of 60 not out and 5-47 was an excellent performance; 50 and 5 wickets in a match is a relatively rare event; the full list is:
Tony Bryant 58 and 6-40 v Garforth 1970
John Steel 65 and 6-40 v Leeds Police 1982 Incl. Hat Trick
John Bowden 82 and 7-25 v Whitkirk 1986
Steve Linton 81 and 5-19 v Leeds YMCA 1989
Steve Linton 156* and 6-52 v Scalebor Pk 1989
Steve Linton 87* and 5-43 v Rothwell 1989
Steve Linton 72 and 7-39 v Leeds YMCA 1989
Steve Linton 75 and 6-22 v Scalebor Pk 1990
John Bowden 126 and 6-70 v Old Mods 1990
John Bowden 59 and 6-34 v Colton 1990
Gabriel Day 56 and 5-48 v Thornhill 2003
John Gahan 56 and 5-34 v Westwood Pk 2005
John Steel 67 and 6-35 v Adwalton 2010
David Young 132 and 5-26 v Netherton 2011
Shamoon Mushtaq 60* and 5-47 v Heckmondwike 2018