United Sanjan stay top of North East London Cricket League
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United Sanjan remained top with a win against Baring Up on Hackney Marshes, with London Fields hot on their heels following victory over Renaissance Youth CC.
Baring finished on 175 in 35 overs, thanks to Moinuddin Indragadiya’s impressive bowling figures of 3-20.
Sanjan endured a miserable start in response, as they lost three quick wickets for just 20 runs and it got worse when United were reduced to 88-5.
A partnership of 65 runs between Aizaz Manjra 91 not out and Mashrur Shaikh (19) rescued United from certain defeat and secured victory by four wickets.
London Fields leapfrogged Renaissance in the table, but the eventual losing side raced to 30 without loss after three overs.
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Phil Clark and Troy Utz tore through the top order to take three wickets apiece, while Tom Goodwin and Vidal Barath bowled superb line and length, with the latter taking three wickets and Goodwin one to bowl Renaissance out for 111.
London Fields made a slow start in reply, but Paul Alexander started to find the boundaries and Fields were cruising at 77-2 after 18 overs.
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Again there was a twist when Alexander was bowled for 45 at the start of the 20th over and Renaissance then claimed a quadruple wicket maiden to turn the game on its head.
Two more wickets fell shortly afterwards, leaving Fields wobbling at 92-8 and Renaissance eyed an unlikely victory, but Dave Krohn hit a series of boundaries to wrap up a nail-biting win.
Coach and Horses recorded their fifth successive victory against Bloody Lads CC at Springfield Park.
Lads elected to bat and were immediately on the back foot as Joynal Abedin (2-24) made his mark, but Anthony Wilcox (41) and Ben Beerman (28) turned the tide in Lads’ favour.
Ollie Wrighton (4-28) restored Coach’s advantage with his subtle variation of flight to leave the Lads 140 all out after 36.5 overs.
In response, Coach found themselves as Jack Esnor (1-20) exploited the uneven bounce in the pitch.
A flurry of quick wickets gave Lads renewed optimism, but some watchful batting from Ted Datta (59no) and Ollie Wrighton (22no) saw Coach sail to victory.
Broadway beat Broadway Market with Cyrus Mehta hitting 127, while Broadway’s Adeel Dar produced an excellent eight-over spell of spin bowling as Camel reached 223-6.
In response, Ed Sherwood and Steve Wells enjoyed a profitable spell at the crease, before Max Sedgley removed them both.
Fred Morris gave it a good go, but despite support from most of Broadway Market’s lower order, there was really only one team in it.