After the disappointment of last week, Arthington 1st XI bounced back in spectacular style, with a convincing win against South Kilvington at the ACG. For the third week running, captain Naveed Andrabi opted to lose the toss and Arthington were asked to field first. It was later revealed to this reporter that Andrabi would also have fielded first had he won the toss.

Umer Khan struck early in his opening spell, dismissing the first South Kilvington opener caught behind, but then a fine 2nd wicket partnership of 53 appeared to have steadied the ship. Having helped his team to 60 after only 9 overs, Khan taking the brunt of the punishment, the remaining opening batsman fell LBW to Andrabi, 1 run short of what would have been a quickfire 50. What followed was an incredible spell of bowling from Martin Hings. Despite seeing his second ball disappear for 6, Hings proceeded to bowl a total of 10 overs for only 10 runs; incredibly the final 5 of which were all maidens (10-6-10-2). The consistent line and length was inevitably the undoing of 2 members of South Kilvington’s middle order; one LBW and the other caught by Matthew Moss at slip to end a 36-run stand and the final show of real resistance for the 5th wicket.

On his long overdue return to the side, Ahmer Sadiq also impressed with the ball. Although his line was understandably not as consistent as Hings’, his trademark tricky inswing was able to dislodge several batsmen. No doubt inspired by the economical bowling of Hings, Sadiq’s second spell of 4 overs featured 3 consecutive maidens, including a double-wicket one. He finished with figures of 10-4-21-3. Spin from Mohsin Ali and another double wicket maiden in the first over of his second spell from Khan (6-1-40-3) finished off the South Kilvington innings: 129 all out.

A fan of experimentation, captain Andrabi decided on a 3rd different opening partnership in 3 matches and Shabir Ahmed and Mohsin Ali began the chase. Ali fell in the 3rd over, bringing Andrabi to the crease, and together with Ahmed took the score to 36, Ahmed eventually being trapped LBW for 15. Andrabi reached his second 50 of the season in style, his knock containing eight 4s and two enormous 6s, but was dismissed almost immediately afterwards, mistiming a shot straight up in the air and eventually into the bowler’s grateful hands. Matthew Moss, batting at number 4, batted confidently and was able to increase his season’s batting average from 0 to 37, thanks to his 37 not out. Khamrosh Khan did not trouble the scorers but Ahmer Sadiq proved that class is permanent and together with Moss guided the team across the line. The final score was 133-4, which was reached in the 26th over.

Away from home, the 2nd XI played against Ripley. Batting first, they amassed an impressive 224 all out, including a first wicket maximum break of 147: Ayoub Khan 67 and Mohammed Faiyazuddin 42. Wasim Malik also contributed with 49, as did the extras. With the ball, Zameer Ahmed got 4-24 from his 10 overs, but the performance of the day goes to Dennis Nash, who, during his spell (also 4-24 from 10), took his 400th wicket for Arthington in his 287th match. A phenomenal achievement. Ripley were eventually bowled out for 89.

Next weekend, the 1st XI expects to field a strong side away at Spofforth and the 2nd XI host Rainton at the ACG.

The club thanks the match ball sponsors for both teams this week: Olicana Properties

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