10th June 2017
Waltham Cross Rosedale* 83-10 from 40 overs
Greenwood Park 84-7 from 27.3 overs
A resilient 14* from Chris Kent and a measured 13* from Arslan Khan tookGreenwood to 30 points despite Park finding themselves 64-7 needing just 84 to win.
Vishal Pujari, run-out on 18, was the only other batsman to score over ten runs as the visitor’s top and middle order failed to take responsibility.
After the hosts could only manage a meager 83, Park made unnecessarily hard work of the chase – with poor shot selection accounting for at least four of the top seven.
But Kent and Khan demonstrated to the rest of their side how it should be done, reaching the winning target in style as the latter crashed a six over long-on to win the match in 27.3 overs.
The game had started in comical fashion for Greenwood – put into field with three of the starting eleven absent after ending up in Northwood (last week’s opposition).
Despite only having eight when the first ball was bowled, once Park were up to theirfull quota wickets started come – Khan picking up his first dismissal in the tenth over.
After then Waltham Cross folded. The Old Chiswillians took 8-27 with Khan starring – finishing with 4-26 from 11.
The right-arm bowler displayed excellent discipline and skill – all four of his dismissals bowled, highlighting his ability to consistently hit the stumps.
There were also key roles for Aman Talha and Ajmal Hussain, who took 3-14 off seven and 2-17 from eight respectively.
Mubarak Zeb took the other dismissal as Greenwood once again showed the division just how strong their bowling attack is.
But with the bat, Park were far less impressive.
In what should have been a routine chase, the visitors almost managed to grab defeat from the jaws of victory as five of their nine batsmen could only reach single-figure scores.
Although there were some nervy moments, captain Kent and the impressive Khan guided Greenwood home and – despite the disappointing batting performance – take Park up to fourth in Division Eight B.