Match Report 1st X1 v Thongsbridge (h)

Match Report 1st X1 v Thongsbridge (h)

7 May 2019

Delph fell to their second consecutive league defeat to a workmanlike display from their visitors. Thongsbridge won the toss and inserted Delph and soon made inroads claiming opener Nathan Jones’ wicket when he played on. From then on Delph kept losing wickets at regular intervals with only Mossun Hassain showing the necessary resilience. New overseas player Rehan Afridi on his home debut made a brisk 28 before lofting one to deep cover and when skipper Louis Aspeling was adjudged lbw the innings had subsided to 97 for 5. Luke Hargreaves played some stylish shots in a quick 24 (3 4's and a 6) but then 3 wickets fell in quick succession, including Hussain for a patient 56 (6 4's), to leave Delph really struggling on 144 for 8 with over13 overs remaining. The tail then began to wag with first Umer Yaqoob (25) and then the last wicket pair Xander Selby and Muhammad Shakir seeing the overs out and taking the score to a more respectable 229 for 9. They put on an unbroken stand of 58 with Selby scoring 17 not out and Shakir a blistering 45 not out off 30 balls (6 4's and 2 6's). Pick of the bowlers for Thongsbridge were the Raven-Hill brothers with Tom taking 4 for 60 and skipper Ben 3 for 55.

Umer Yaqoob struck in his first over to trap Richard Marshall without scoring but Australian Hayden Slodecki held the first part of the innings together compiling 54 off 60 balls (11 4's). However, when he holed out to deep cover Thongsbridge fell to 92 for 4 and Delph were right in the game. Alex Kemp then came in and took the game to Delph with a 33 ball 46 (5 4’s and 2 6’s). A brief rain delay resulted in aloss of 5 overs to the innings which resulted in a reduced target of 212. Young Rory France then held his nerve and nursed his team home to a 4 wicket win finishing on 43 not out (8 4’s). Umer Yaqoob took 4 for 79 off 13 overs. Delph gained 1 point for taking 6 wickets with Thongsbridge taking the 6 points for a win.


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