Greenwood Continue Winning Streak

Greenwood Park made it five consecutive league victories after a six-wicket defeat of St Albans III’s.

The win keeps Park just five points behind leaders Potten End and 23 clear of third placed Ware, who Greenwood play next weekend.

Having been asked to bowl by St Albans, Ajmal Hussain – who last week took 6-30 – continued his fine form by striking early.

The right-arm bowler ripped through the home side’s top order, claiming 4-23 from ten overs.

Despite such a strong start by the visitors, there was decent middle order resistance from Saints, with Rich Baylis notching a disciplined 50* and Amy Price and Andrew Walker contributing 25 and 26 respectively.

But the game shifted again in Park’s favour when Shafaat Hussain took a final over hat-trick to swing the momentum well and truly in his team’s favour at the half way stage.

St Albans finished 159-10 in 49.5 overs, making it the sixth time in eight matches this season that Greenwood have bowled out their opposition.

Needing 160 to win Park got off to a nervy start with Numan Butt caught at mid-off for just two.

But with Ed Gray and Chris Kent at the crease they took control, the pair putting on 98 for the second wicket.

Kent (40) was the first of the two to fall; an innings that failed to show the fluidity the Captain has shown so far this year.

Gray however did go past 50, his first of the campaign, and added a further 18 runs before he was bowled for 68.

Although the away side lost Shafaat Hussain for a duck, Jimmy Otter and Arslan Khan took their team over the line inside 29 overs.

The former delivered a responsible 16* whilst Khan attacked his way to 24*, finishing the game with a majestic six over mid-wicket.

 

 

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