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Match Report – Windhill & Daisy Hill A v East Leeds A 

Rain Spoils Chances of First Day Victory

Windhill         A         126-7   East Leeds      A         102-5 Rain Stopped Play

After a glorious Saturday the previous week, the weather turned sour for the visit of a new look East Leeds side to Windhill for the 2019 season opener.

Winning the toss, skipper Bobby Mushtaq was keen to maintain his 100% win record, (3 matches) and elected to put the home side into bat on a damp and green surface.

The late start caused partially by the weather and secondly by Windhill’s lack of enthusiasm to get the game on, meant that the competition was reduced to 36 overs per side.

Only two overs had been bowled before a further delay occurred, however on return, Sheru, opening from the pavilion end, produced a perfect Yorker to trap Dave Shaw on the crease for 2. Hassan Mushtaq, opening from the Leeds Road end was unable to find a consistent length and was removed from the attack to be replaced by Shazaib after 3 overs costing 15 runs.

Shazaib bowled steadily and when Bobby Mushtaq replaced Sheru, the wickets started to tumble; Crabtree caught at slip by Steel for 16, opener Shaun Briggs for 14, Saville bowled for 9, Cawley well taken from a spiralling skier by Khizar Hussain for 4 and when Bryan Greenwood was adjudged somewhat dubiously LBW for 1, Mushtaq had left the home side’s innings in tatters on 52-6.

Skipper Craig Marshall then came to the crease to join the experienced Andy Evans and immediately announced his intent by smashing his third ball back over Mushtaq’s head to disturb the slates of the houses on Thackley Old Road; the pair added 62 valuable runs in fairly short order before Mushtaq claimed his 6th wicket when Evans drilled a delivery down Khizar’s throat at cow corner. A further 12 runs were added as Marshall raced to his 50 before the innings closed on a respectable, but by no means secure 126-7.

Mushtaq was clearly the pick of the bowlers; unerringly accurate with excellent variations in flight and pace to return 6-36 from 11 overs with Sheru picking up 1-9 from 4 tidy overs.

ShazaibAyub, Khizar Hussain and Waqar Aziz all bowled tidy spells, whilst Rajab, bowling at the death, was expensive.

Fielding was somewhat mixed, but mention must be made of Khizar’s two excellent catches and Waqar’s commitment in making a number of athletic, run saving stops.

Tea was disappointing; despite seeing the make-up of the East Leeds side, a surfeit of ham sandwiches was never going to hit the mark.

East Leeds resumed with Junaid and Rajab; Owen Wilson struck quickly to remove Junaid (caught for 1) to a poor shot before conceding 36 runs in only four overs as Rajab tested the good will of the neighbours in returning balls found in their gardens.

Craig Marshall replaced Wilson at the pavilion end and whilst Rajab also took an initial liking to his medium pace, a canny slower delivery found its mark to bowl Rajab for a quick-fire 45.

Bobby Mushtaq took up the mantle and maintained the pace of scoring whilst wickets fell at the other end; Steel, caught for 3 at point, Haseeb Rehman bowled for 0 off the seventh ball of an over and Hassan Mushtaq given caught behind when the ball had clearly brushed his forearm.

Bobby had made 42 with the total at 102-5 when the rain came again leaving East Leeds requiring just 25 runs for victory with a technical 18 overs remaining, however there was no sign of the rain abating and the captains agreed to abandon the game ahead of the elapse of the 54 minutes of play remaining.

It was however refreshing to see East Leeds 2nd XI to field a full 11 with debuts given to Haseeb Rehman, Khizar Hussain, Shazaib Ayub, Waqar Aziz.

John Steel

29th April 2019