Search

Cricket: Hainault opener Irfan Shah wants to pile the pressure on Essex Division Two promotion rivals Fives & Heronians

PUBLISHED: 15:30 29 June 2017

Hainault opener Irfan Shah (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)

Hainault opener Irfan Shah (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468

Hainault currently lead the way, but Fives are snapping at their heels

Opener Irfan Shah is keen for Hainault to put further distance between themselves and Saturday’s opponents Fives & Heronians in the race for promotion from Essex Division Two.

Heading into the weekend, Hainault are level on points with Hutton at the top of the table, but Fives are just 24 points back in fourth.

A victory for either side on Saturday would have a considerable effect on that gap, and Shah just hopes it is Hainault who come out smiling.

“All teams in this division are aiming for promotion. Fives are a big club in the area and after a few tough years, they’ll be hungry to get back to where they believe they belong,” he said.

“We will treat them with respect and hopefully we can execute our game plan well.

“With a leader like Zoheb Sharif, you are confident every time you step out onto the field.

“We have seven games left in the 50 over matches and we’ll see where we are by the end of it.

“Going on our current form, we feel we can be up there, but we know we will still have to work hard.”

Last weekend saw Hainault return to winning ways with a 167-run win against Old Southendian after racking up 388-5 with the bat.

The undoubted highlight of the innings was the superb second-wicket stand between Sharif, who made 155, and Mousshin Ismail, who scored 169.

Shah was able to watch the pair from the clubhouse after unfortunately going for a golden duck, but admits their stand was a joy to see.

“The pair of them put on around 260 and I was a bit gutted that I missed out myself!” added Shah.

“Zoheb and Mousshin are two quality players and it is was brilliant watching them do what they did.”

Victory over Old Southendian was a first win in three for Hainault, who had seen their promotion push hit the buffers in recent weeks.

But now they are back on the winning trail, Shah is confident Hainault are back to their best, though must remain wary of the opposition.

“It’s never easy and we know that every team in this league is capable of winning on their day,” he said.

“The two games before the Old Southendian match taught us that we cannot be below part if we want to win.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford Sports News

Yesterday, 18:41

After appearing to book their spot in the last-four of the FA Trophy, the hosts let a three-goal lead slip against the Heed to force a Tuesday night replay

FA Trophy quarter-final: Leyton Orient 3 Gateshead 3

Yesterday, 17:03

The Hammers had their chances but they were outplayed by the rampant Reds

Yesterday, 17:01

Dagenham & Redbridge struck twice in the final five minutes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against struggling Chester at Victoria Road.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Redbridge Estate agents Sandra Davidson’s hassle-free service guarantees rental income for your property, whether it is occupied or not. Here they share details of the Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it can help you avoid the regular stresses associated with managing a let.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now