Ford Cricket club chairman Ali Raja hails contribution of Siraj Nasir, Muhammad Nadeem and Hassan Masood after success

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 July 2016

Ford's Hassan Masood (left), Muhammad Nadeem (centre) and Siraj Nasir face the camera (pic: Ali Raja).

Ford's Hassan Masood (left), Muhammad Nadeem (centre) and Siraj Nasir face the camera (pic: Ali Raja).


Emphatic Essex County Cricket League Division One victory has given Ford plenty of confidence

Ford chairman Ali Raja was full of praise for his batsmen and Siraj Nasir in particular at the weekend.

The wicket-keeper struck 67 in their Essex County Cricket League Division One encounter at Redbridge Parks.

Muhammad Nadeem top scored with 87 while Hassan Masood hit 53 at the top of the order as Ford managed 321 before being dismissed with nine balls remaining.

Redbridge Parks had no answer in reply as they were all out for 175 to give the visitors an emphatic victory.

Raja said: “Nadeem scored a quick fire 87 and it was also a good knock by Hassan, but I was really impressed by the knock from Siraj.

“When Nadeem and Hassan got out, Siraj stayed at the wicket and batted really well to take us pass 300.

“The total of 321 was in fact more than what we had in mind - having said that we still didn’t bat the full 45 overs.

“We were bowled out in the 44th over, but I don’t want to take anything away from the boys for a wonderful performance.”

After an excellent fifty, Masood went on to claim 3-12 off his seven overs while Raja finished with 3-39.

Ford were also indebted to Zain Mughal (2-26) and Ajmal Baig (2-55) as they celebrated an excellent win.

“It was my first Saturday game of the season as I have been playing Sunday cricket,” said Raja.

“But I felt really good bowling with the new ball and helped get the top order out quickly.

“Hassan batted really well and after scoring a fifty, he bowled really well and took three wickets with his right-arm off spin and was man of the match for me.”

Ford’s triumph moved them up to fourth in the Division One table on 131 points from their nine games this year.

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