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COMBINED COLLEGES EDGE OUT CORDOBA
 
7th June 2010

Southern Spanish Cricket League

 

Combined CCC v Cordoba CC  06 June 2010.                            Won by Combined CCC by 7 Wickets.

Combined CCC won the toss and elected to Bowl.

Combined CCC 91 for 3, 19 points.                    Cordoba CC 87 all out , 2 points.

 

Cordoba CC came to Malaga today with the highest number of points in the league, the highest number of runs scored in a league match and the highest number of points scored in a match.  They made the journey home with all those things but took with them the lowest number of points scored in a match.  Once again the see-saw tipped (or did the pendulum swing?) and the league remains open for any team to win.

 

Combined Colleges won the toss and on a very green wicket (well it would be - its plastic) with too many low bounces for comfort decided to put Cordoba in to bat.  In a change to the routine, Azard Thajudeen opened the attack.  His first three deliveries were wides and perhaps this lulled Cordoba into a false sense of security. 

 

The second over saw the introduction for the first time this season of young Ben Girling.  Delivered with fluency, grace and power off a short run, his first ball whistled past Abid Mehmood to thud into the keeper’s gloves.  The second ball whistled through his defences and scattered the stumps.  Cordoba were fully alert by now and beginning to understand, perhaps, why they were batting first.  Cordoba struggled to get the ball away, indeed struggled to lay bat on ball, while a re-vitalised Combined Colleges side bowled incisively and fielded tightly. 

Azard Thajudeen struck twice in the 5th and 7th overs to leave the score on 25 for 3.  This brought

Waqas Ahmed to the crease which he occupied very creditably for 15 overs for his 11 runs.  He was soon joined by Shoaib Hussain who survived an early LBW appeal to score 11 in 5 overs before going LBW to Sameer Bagewdi.  The highlights of the remainder of the innings were a delightful late cut for 4 by Tahir Mehmood and a quickfire 13 from Imran Butt.

 

It might seem that 87 is not a large total to chase but it took Combined Colleges 19 overs and two ball to make them - a reflection of the care and concentration needed to defend against the low ball before even thinking about a scoring shot and the never-say-die attacking bowling and fielding of the Cordoba side. 

 

Not that you would have known this as Brian Barrett tucked the first ball of the innings from Mustafa off his legs away for 4 with classic timing.  Next over he was gone though, caught behind off Shoaib Hussain.  In came Mark Ward, declaring that he would be happy to be not out 1 at the end of the game if this brought victory for his side.  And not out he was, although his anti-scoring ambition was thwarted by 20 hard earned runs in 17 overs including two sweetly timed fours to square leg. 

 

At the other end, Nushan Alwis had entirely different ambitions.  By the time he departed caught behind by Riaz Ahmed Butt off Waqas Ahmed in the 11th over he had whacked five 4s and a 6 in his priceless if by no means chanceless innings of 36.  Ehtisham Jawed Khan (call him Sham, everyone else does) brought a mix of care and aggression to the wicket to make 15 and bring the scores level before trying to end the match with a great heave-ho only to be clean bowled.

 

Now to Man of the Match.  A tricky choice today.  For Combined Colleges contenders are Ben Girling for his unnerving opening bowling (Oh, to have had such talent so young), Nushan Alwis for his breezy 36 and Mark Ward for his determined innings.  For Cordoba, all the bowlers tried hard but only Waqas Ahmed for his batting determination catches the eye.  Can one select a contender for stolid, unbending application rather than excitement?  On this occasion undoubtedly yes and there are two to choose from with little between them.  Glory, as they say, goes to the victor and so today’s Trevor Bailey Man of the Match award goes to Mark Ward.

 

Cordoba CC

 

Batting

 

 

 

Bowling

 

 

 

Bowler

 

 

O

W

R

Raza Adil

B

 

Azard Thajuden

3

 

2

1

12

Abid Mohhamed

B

 

Ben Girling

5

 

 

 

 

Kashif Mehmood

Ct

Kasun Herath

Azard Thajuden

 

 

 

 

 

Hussain Shoaib

LBW

 

Sameer Bagewdi

11

 

4

1

8

Waqas Ahmed

Ct

Azard Thajuden

Ben Girling

11

 

3

1

17

Butt Riaz Ahmed

Ct

Kasun Herath

Ben Girling

 

 

 

 

 

Tahir Mehmood

Ct

Kasun Herath

Sameer Bagewdi

4

 

4

 

11

Imran Ali

Ct

Ben Girling

Callum Murphy

5

 

 

 

 

Mustafa

B

 

Sameer Bagewdi

9

 

4

 

22

Butt Imran

N.O

 

 

13

 

0

 

4

Akhtar Ijaz

B

 

Brian Barrett

 

 

2

 

15

 

 

 

Extras

26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

87

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combined CCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Barrett

Ct

Butt Riaz Ahmed

Hussain Shoaib

6

 

4

1

10

Nushan Alwis

Ct

Butt Riaz Ahmed

Waqas Ahmed

36

 

 

 

 

Mark Ward

N.O

 

 

20

 

 

 

 

Ehtisham Jawad Khan

B

 

Raza Adil

15

 

 

 

 

Azard Thajuden

N.O

 

 

 

 

4

2

12

Ashan Alwis

D.N.B

 

 

 

 

3

 

9

Callum Murphy

D.N.B

 

 

 

 

2

1

15

Kasun Herath

D.N.B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previn Menon

D.N.B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sameer Bagewdi

D.N.B

 

 

 

 

4

3

23

Ben Girling

D.N.B

 

 

 

 

7

3

14

 

 

 

Extras

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

91