United Sanjan beat Broadway Market to seal North East London League title
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United Sanjan ensured their debut season in the North East London League would be one to savour after they clinched the title with victory over Broadway Market thanks to a better head-to-head record over nearest rivals Stoke Newington.
Broadway asked United to bat and immediately put them on the back foot, with Deji Adefajo dismissing three Sanjan batsmen early on to leave them 43-4 after seven overs.
Aliasgar Patel (66) and Aizaz Manjra (27) tempered the onslaught, before Mashrur Shaikh (30 not out) and a late cameo from skipper Abulkasim Nalla (34no) helped United to reach 238 in 40 overs, with 54 of the runs coming in the last six overs.
United were without their two front-line bowlers, meaning wickets were hard to come by – and Broadway reached 50 without loss in 13 overs, with catches going down as the pressure mounted.
But a bowling change brought the first wicket thanks to a catch from Abulkasim Nalla – and from there the floodgates opened.
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Manjra was the pick of the Sanjan bowlers, finishing with 4-25 from his five overs and, despite a determined 22 from Broadway’s Omer Dar, Sanjan cleaned up the rest to seal a 99-run win after 35 overs.
In contrast, reigning champions Stoke Newington endured a miserable afternoon as they surrendered their title and suffered a seven-wicket loss to Centurion Cricket Academy.
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Stoke captain Simon Hore elected to bat and his side made a steady start, but once CCA skipper Sha Shahed got the first breakthrough, wickets fell at regular intervals.
Rahim Khan (31), Hore (14) and Walsh (20) threatened to mount an offensive but four wickets from Saif Khaled and one apiece from Robiul Islam and Hadsan Khan helped remove Stoke for 110 in 25.1 overs.
In reply, Centurion lost two wickets to Theo Walsh in the first over and, shortly after, 15-year-old debutant Ishaq Raheel took another as CCA wobbled.
However, promoted from no 10, batsman Minahz Rahman (57) eased nerves before Zahid Khan (17) anchored the innings to help CCA sail to victory within 18 overs.
Elsewhere, London Fields continued their good run of form with a win over Coach and Horses.
Fields’ Steve Fernbank (86) and Robin Friend (42) put on 94 for the first wicket and, although Coach did well to fight back and restrict the runs in the middle of the innings with some tight spin bowling from Manu (3-30), Troy Utz (32no) helped Fields finish on 228-7.
Tom Dollard and James Moore made an opening stand of 46 in reply, but a tight eight overs from Phil Clark (1-21) made the run chase increasingly difficult.
Wickets continued to fall and Coach and Horses finished all out for 134 as Arthur Smart finished with impressive figures of 4-30.