Ford Cricket Club focused and driven to succeed in Essex County League Division One title race!
PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 July 2016
After beating leaders Barking last weekend, Ford will be looking to make sure they don’t slip up at home to Scintilla seconds
Ford chairman Ali Raja insists his team will treat their final five matches in the Essex County League Division One as cup finals.
They host Scintilla seconds this weekend after beating the leaders, Barking twos, on Saturday to close to within 28 points of their local rivals with two matches in hand.
Raja is positive Ford can continue their impressive recent form and win the Division One title, but challenged them to make sure they are not relying on results elsewhere.
Scintilla are sixth in the standings having only won five of their 13 league clashes this season.
“We are second in the table now and every game is like a cup final for us,” said Raja.
“If we win our remaining games, we will win the league and we are confident we can do this, starting with Scintilla visiting this Saturday.”
Ford were involved in a thrilling contest at Barking last weekend and Raja was delighted they were able to beat the leaders.
Khuram Cheema won the toss for Ford and decided to bat first, but they were reduced to 43-7 with Hassan Masood the only top order batsman to get in – scoring 28.
It was left to Cheema, batting at eight, to get his team up to a decent total and he finished unbeaten on 37 as Ford made it up to 123, before they were dismissed.
Barking would have been confident of chasing down that total, but after batting – Raja admitted his team mates felt they could still win.
He added: “When we saw the pitch, it was a bowler friendly wicket and I said if we can manage to score 100 we will give them a good game.
“Once we got up to 123, we had a feeling we would win as long as we picked up some early wickets.”
It proved to be the case with Raja playing a leading role with the new ball and eventually finishing with stunning figures of 6-17.
Ajmal Baig contributed with 2-20 as Barking were all out for just 66 to see Ford move up to second.
“This is the second time in the season that I have taken 6-17 and I’m really enjoying bowling,” said Raja.
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