Hainault’s Shah pleased with team performance in Orsett victory

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 July 2018

Ifran Shah of Hainault in batting action (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ifran Shah of Hainault in batting action (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hainault & Clayhall stand-in captain Ifran Shah believes it was a total team performance that helped his side claim a three wicket victory against Orsett.

Shah and his side claimed their third win of the season in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One to move away from the relegation zone.

“We had a really good game,” Shah said.

“We were missing about four players but it ended up working out quite well as we brought a few youngsters in and they did really well.

“As a team we bowled exceptionally well, fielded well, we did struggle with the bat a bit but we did enough to get us over the line.”

The visitors chose to bat after winning the toss and made a bright start to reach 85-1 thanks to a half-century from Umar Ayub.

But wickets then fell at regular intervals and they were dismissed for 194 in the 49th over, with Maruf Chowdhury (3-17) the pick of the Hainault attack.

“Maruf bowled exceptionally well and he even got us over the line with the bat.”

Faizan Muhammad (2-35) and Muhammad Rahim (2-41) nabbed braces for the home side, who reached their target in the 44th over of their reply to move 15 points clear of the bottom two at the midway mark of the season.

Sagar Joshi (30) and Etinder Bopara (43) put on 60 for the first wicket, with captain Irfan Shah (26) also making a start.

And Chowdhury finished unbeaten on 40 from 58 balls, having hit seven fours, as Hainault claimed maximum points.

“It was good team performance, I don’t think there were any real stand-out performances, everyone just chipped and did what they could to get us the result.

“Maruf was good and Etinder played really well to get 43 but overall it was just pleasing all round.”

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