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16:00 Friday 05 June 2015 

Horspath hold upper hand as Burnham drift to defeat in Home Counties Division 1

Harveer Gandam
Harveer Gandam

Horspath CC held the upper hand as Burnham drifted to another defeat in Home Counties League Division 1 on Saturday.

Batting first the visitors’ top order failed with the bat as Sajid Ali went for a duck and Fahad Raja joined him in the pavilion soon after with 12 as the side collapsed to 50-5.

Raja Rehman managed to steady the ship with a soothing 64 before he was bowled by Adam Mould (1-47) and some late order runs from Muddassar Nawaz (28) and Adnan Shabbir pushed Burnham’s total up to 212 all out.

The destructive Adam Price (3-30) did much of the damage for Horspath, removing Ali and Aftab Khan for ducks and snaffling Faisal Miraj lbw for 16. Shahbaz Ali wiped up the tail for 3-43.

In reply the home side got to their target without too much drama as only four wickets fell during their chase.

Having taken a couple of the Burnham batsmen for ducks, Price fell to the same fate, bowled by Shabbir, but Harrison Ward (52) and Jamed Phillips (38) put Horspath in the driving seat from which they cruised to victory, with Shahbaz Ali finishing 50 not out.

Burnham collected a paltry five points in defeat and sit seventh in the Division 1 table, already 40 plus points behind leaders Henley.

*Burnham 2nds failed to take advantage of having Boyne Hill 1sts at 5-4 as they were beaten by their rivals in TVL Division 2b on Saturday.

On a Burnham track with a green tinge, Hill bowled first and exploited the pace and movement on offer to pick up four wickets in the opening spell, with only Eklis Miah (34) offering resistance. The recovery came from Waqar Ahmed (31) but more quick wickets followed as Burnham were knocked over for 129.

In reply Burnham came out firing as Hill slumped to 5-4.

But Abassi and Ali Nadeem (69no) took the game away from Burnham with an unbroken stand of 68 in just 10 overs as Hill got to 134-5 in the 34th over to take 20 points to Burnham’s six.

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