Match Report 1st X1 v Hoylandswaine (h)

Match Report 1st X1 v Hoylandswaine (h)

21 May 2019

On a fine sunny date Delph won the toss and elected to bat. After a top edge hook for 6 by Mosun Hussain off former Delph player Waqas Maqsood, in the first over, Maqsood soon had his revenge when he induced an edge in the next over and Hussain was taken at slip to leave Delph on 14 for 1. Nathan Jones and Alex Peters then had to survive a barrage of extereme pace from both ends as Maqsood and Adnan Ghani tried to make quick inroads into the innings.They took the score to 51 before Maqsood undid Jones with a ball that just clipped the top of one bail to leave the strong lbw shout immaterial, Jones departing for a gritty 18. Peters and Rehan Afridi then progressed to 87 when Peters played across a straight one from spinner Gurman Randhawa and was trapped lbw. Afridi followed straight away for 17 to leave Delph tottering at 87 for 4. Louis Aspeling was soon bowled by Randhawa and there then followed a patient stand between Adam Hayes (31) and Xander Selby to take the total to 127. However wickets tumbled at regular intervals and with over 9 overs remaining of the allocation, the innings drew to a close on 143. Randhawa was the pick of the bowlers with 5 for 17 off 12 overs and Waqas Maqsood offered good support with 3 for 34.

Delph needed quick wickets to worry Hoylandswaine's chase and they duly got them when Holliday (fresh from a big ton the day before), Brayden Clark and skipper SP Singh all fell cheaply to leave Hoylandswaine rocking at 11 for 3. At this point two current Leicestershire County players came together and settled things down. Harry Dearden and former Delph player Arron Lilley took the score to 94 before Lilley in typical fashion holed out in the deep off Xander Selby for 33 off 37 balls (4 4's and a 6). Delph then sensed an unlikely victory when Usman Arshad soon followed, but Randhawa came in to support Dearden, who took his team to victory with a classy knock of 77 not out off 68 balls (13 4's and 2 6's). Randhawa remained 16 not out to give Hoylandswaine a comfortable 5 wicket win, using up only half the overs allocation.  


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