First ever century in Twenty20 Surrey Indoor Cricket League!! Nomaan Ali goes BIG at Wimbledon Colle
Twenty20 have hosted the Surrey Men's Indoor Cricket League for 4 seasons. Among all the feats of batting, bowling and fielding, one landmark has stood untouched all this time. Can anybody score a century in the 12-over format?
2 or 3 players have scored within 20 runs, but without the combination of form and circumstance (last man stands is almost essential), reaching the 3-figure landmark seemed beyond reach.
Nomaan Ali smashed 17 sixes on the way to his record-shattering score. To put things into perspective....his score alone would be enough to be in the top 5 team totals in this year's Outer London Division!!
The poor King's College side were understandably shell-shocked. Usually a prolific scoring team, they subsided for just 57 on this occasion....a little short of Super Sixers' 196-5. Milan Patel deserves special credit for side-stepping the carnage, his 3 overs for just 16 runs (and 2 wickets) were miraculous in the circumstances!
Worcester Park have made it to 4 consecutive wins, elevating themselves to top of the Surrey central Division. This was the most comfortable of their 4 victories to date.
Restricting Ham & Petersham to 82 all out, they had the luxury of batting at a pace of their choosing. The top 3 picked off runs when they could, and Ham's bowlers strived a little too hard, leaking many extras as a result.
The first innings damage was started by John Faller-Frisch, and ably backed up by the spin duo of Aiden Bell and Mike Arundel. All 4 Worcester Park bowlers present a different challenge, ticking all the boxes of pace, swing, off-spin and leg-spin.
Khalid did his best to force Ham & Petersham back into the game. His 3 overs cost just 12, and he had batsmen hopping around. An excellent spell that was unlucky not to claim a wicket or 2.
Egham are off the mark! After a 12 run defeat, and 2 defeats by just 1 wicket, nobody can say they don't deserve their first win.
Will Harrison set the tone for his team - first pairing up nicely with Herbert (31), then sticking to a game-plan of 3s every ball. Cheam never found an answer to his clever positional play, before or after retirement on 25. His eventual score of 39 held the innings together, during a late wobble (2 run outs in consecutive balls).
120 was a good score, but we have seen it chased! However, Egham seized the initiative, and their fielders were galvanized, the result being a superb display of reflex stops, run-saving and catching. Cam Rose's low take got the ball rolling for his side, who took another catch and 3 run outs in the innings. Reeling at 76 for 5, Cheam were gonners.....
However, the final hurdle is always the hardest to overcome. And this came in the form of Karan Varma....the league's second top run scorer. Facing what seemed like a hopeless position - 5 down, and 18 an over required - he swung from the hip, coming off more often than not. As his confidence grew, the shots grew more audacious....and the boundary wall was getting peppered. Could a crazy turnaround be possible?
Not today. Drew Robinson came back on, after a productive opening spell, and trapped Varma leg before with a skidding, straightening, ball. His fine knock ended on 56, with Cheam 27 runs short.
The Surrey Central Division is proving to be the most evenly matched of all! Any team can beat any other on their day.
Guildford City have officially topped their group in the Surrey South Division. They performed extremely well with ball, to dismiss old foes AZ Sports for just 104....a look over the average totals this year is enough proof of what a fine effort this was!
Wickets were shared among 4 of the 5 bowlers. Sami Khan's left-arm swing accounted for 2 dismissals. AZ's explosive batting talents were subdued, with nobody kicking on past 20. This is rare for a quality side such as them.
Guildford City reached their target for the loss of just a single wicket....all 3 batters and the top scorer of "extras" allowing them to cruise along.
In the other South Division match of the week, Godalming recorded a handsome maiden win over Chobham Badgers.
Their first innings 176 put the game out of reach early on, despite some spirited batting from Chobham. In retrospect, the extra count of 79 may need some improvement!