Park Chase Total In Scintillating Fashion

Shafaat Hussain bludgeoned his way to a rapid-fire 42 as Greenwood Park eased to a five-wicket victory at Langleybury III’s.

The all-rounder hit four fours and three sixes, including one enormous maximum over long on, before he was out caught in just 6.2 overs.

His opening partner Ed Gray had fallen for 18 just three balls earlier, as Park raced to 65 -1 inside six overs chasing 180.

Although Greenwood lost Rakib Ali and Arslan Khan for six and 11 respectively, Park were still in a strong position, and Numan Butt and Chris Kent added to their side’s dominance.

Butt struck an impressive 37, with five fours and one six, to continue his good start to life at his new team, and Captain Kent looking in equally good touch – some excellent cover drives the highlight of his 37*.

Butt however was eventually out with the score at 160-5 but Jimmy Otter (11*) and Kent secured the maximum 30 points and took Greenwood to third in Division Eight A.

It was a fantastic chase by Park who reached their target in only 28.3 overs having earlier won the toss and restricted a young Langleybury side to 180-7.

The hosts had reached 77-0 but two quick wickets before drinks, including a great run-out from Butt, helped Park get a foothold back in the game.

From there, Greenwood managed to restrict their opposition to a score well below par on a pitch not offering a lot to either attack.

Yasir Raja collected 2-12 and Azhar Rashid took a crucial 2-30 – both from six overs – as some of Park’s fringe bowlers really stood up for their team.

The ever-consistent Khan also claimed two dismissals, with the visitors doing extremely well to keep Langleybury under 200.

It was then over to Hussain who took centre stage with a violent display of hitting that broke the hearts of the opposition and got Greenwood back to winning ways after defeat to Potten End last week.

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