03:30PM, Friday 19 May 2017
Slough got a little lucky winning the toss, captain Bobby Sher admitted after their nine-wicket win over Great and Little Tew, but then showed off the quality they have in their side.
Having won the toss Sher opted to have a bowl, in conditions which saw the ball turn quite sharply and Little Tew struggled to impose themselves, getting to 155-8 from their 50 overs.
The ball did much less in the second innings, Sher conceded, allowing his batsmen to get on the front foot and drive the side to a comfortable victory.
For Sher and his teammates it was great to get their first win of the season - and that monkey off their backs - after going four or five weeks into last summer’s season without a win to their name.
Returning home, after last week’s emphatic defeat to High Wycombe, Sher said the squad needed to answer some tough questions.
But they weren’t found wanting as Shaan Khan took 3-24 as Great and Little Tew stewed at the crease.
Then, demonstrating their returning confidence with the bat, Fahim Quereshi smashed an unbeaten 74 runs while Nabil Shah paved the way with an aggressively struck 23. Lloyd Paternott then kept Quereshi company with a fine 53 as Slough swept to victory.
A big morale boost ahead of what promises to be a very tough match at home to Oxford tomorrow (Saturday).
“I was quite happy to get a win early on,” Sher said, referring to their early struggles last season.
“After last week, when we were bowled out for 150 at High Wycombe we had to give some answers, and I felt we did that with our batting.
“The guys knuckled down a bit more. Nabil (Shah) was more attacking and put them onto the back foot, which allowed the other two to get stuck in. They batted really well. We were quite lucky because it was a good toss to win. The ball did more in overcast conditions in the first innings than it did in the second. But we still had to bowl in the right areas and bowl well, which we did.”
Ikhlaq Nawaz (1-18) was once again on form, but it was Khan who stole the limelight with the ball, taking three fine wickets.
“Shaan didn’t bowl last week because of a slight knee injury,” said Sher. “But the rest served him well because he came back to take three important wickets.”
Sher added: “This Saturday is no different. Oxford beat Finchampstead two weeks ago who won our league last year. It looks like a tough game but all I need from the players is for them to work hard individually and to come together as a team.”
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