Wanstead wonders are T20 kings
PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 September 2015
Under-19s lift title at Billericay
Wanstead’s under-19s lifted the Essex T20 title after two fine displays in the finals day at Billericay.
Jayden Rising shone with the bat in the semi-final win against Saffron Walden, with Waseem Qureshi and Feroze Khushi also impressing at the top of the order.
Nabeel Qureshi, Jack Lord and Saurav Prabhakar were the pick of the bowlers and earned praise from Arfan Akram, who said: “We’re extremely proud of the whole squad. Misem Ali Zaidi led the team quite superbly.
“We are always seeking ways to develop and nurture our boys into competitive adult cricket and this initiative is a great platform from which to do so.
“Feroze, Saurav and Misem play regular first XI Premier League cricket and Jack Lord and Nabeel Qureshi play in our cup and T20 teams. The talent being produced within the club is exciting and we look forward to their development and continuing success. They did themselves and the whole club extremely proud.”
*Oakfield Parkonians had more to celebrate as their Sunday A team beat Black Rose to win the Essex & Middlesex Invitation League title.
Rana Arlan took three quick wickets, as Anujan Thiru bowled a tight spell at the other end.
Dhruv Patel had success as Parks reduced their rivals to 92-6 at drinks and they were eventually 137 all out in 25.2 overs.
Faisal Bhatti (21) and Patel made a good start, but Parks slipped to 38-3, before Usman Rafiq joined Jibran Azam at the crease.
Azam hit three big sixes and seven fours in his excellent 54 to take the total to 97-4 after 16 overs, before Arslan (29) and Rafiq sealed a six-wicket triumph.
The B team beat London City by the same margin, after being set 220 to win.
Sarankan Skandamoorthy (2-15), Inderjit Singh (2-23) and Aman Ali (2-22) nabbed braces, but Parks fell to 25-3, before Sachin Fing and Ali put on 71.
Ali then shared an unbroken 125 with old brother Sifth (51 not out) and finished unbeaten on 113 after completing his maiden century, including 13 fours.
Eshun Kalley (3-57) was the pick of the bowling on Saturday as Parks saw Alexandra Palace pile up 300-4 in 40 overs.
But a young Parks side came up 29 runs short despite half-centuries from Ryan Karuna (54) and Vijay Vijayanathan (52 not out).
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