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A Kismet Tie

Posted by Dunnikier Cricket Club on July 26, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Dunnikier v Kismet

Forth Cricket Union, Sunday 25 July 2010

Dunnikier Park

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Match tied

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Kismet 158-4 from 30 overs

Dunnikier 158 a/o from 22.4 overs

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Dunnikier and Kismet played out an enthralling tied game in the Forth Cricket Union at Dunnikier Park on Sunday.

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Kismet captain Mohammed Sharif won the toss and decided to bat first, a decision which looked vindicated as openers Farooq Rafi and Gary Singh set out a solid opening partnership.

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Opening bowlers Iqbal Singh and Ash Anjum bowled well with little luck. With 34 runs on the board after 8 overs, change bowler Bilal Manzoor came on and was soon hit out of the attack as Rafi in particular took a liking to his bowling, with his three overs alone conceding a further 34 runs.

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With Dunnikier looking to halt Kismet's progress, Bilal Mahmood and Hassan Raza were brought on to bowl and they soon excerted better control over the batsmen.

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Indeed, Mahmood was to make a breakthrough early in his spell having the dangerous Rafi caught behind by wicket-keeper Jim Sheehan for 50.

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Mahmood then had Singh bowled for 26, the batsman losing sight of a well disguised slower yorker. At 111 for two wickets with 10 overs remaining, Kismet were well set with the powerful batsmen Tariq Aziz and Mohammed Sharif at the crease.

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Aziz in particular showed his batting class as he worked the ball around at ease. With Sharif looking to up the tempo, Mahmood soon tempted him out of his ground with Sheehan completing the stumping. Mahmood ending with good figures of three wickets for 28 runs from his six overs.

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By this stage young Hamid Manzoor was brought on to bowl, and the Kismet batsmen showed great respect in letting the youngster settle in to his spell. Manzoor bowled tidily and was rewarded with his first senior wicket, bowling Emran Raza for a duck.

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After Aziz took 15 runs off one of Manzoor's over, he was retired out with the score on 154 from 28 overs to let the Kismet younger players have a bat. Kismet eventually ended on 158 for four wickets from their 30 overs. Hamid Manzoor ending with one wicket for 22 runs from four overs.

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Dunnikier got off to a very poor start as the first three wickets fell with only 18 runs on the board from three overs, all wickets falling to Ashgar Ali.

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Rubby Singh and Iqbal Singh were now batting together, and both looked to consolidate the innings in their own style - through hitting out. Both Singh's found runs easy to come by, as the Kismet bowlers kept serving up at least one "four-ball" each over.

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Iqbal Singh, having thought his way valiantly to 30, was bowled by Farooq Rafi with the score on 94 from 11 overs. An excellent partnership of 76 from 54 balls.

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Hassan Raza joined Rubby Singh, and he inteligently rotated the strike to let his partner hit out. The scoreboard kept ticking over, and Dunnikier were well on top through their run-rate.

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Unfortunately, a major collapse saw Dunnikier move from 140 for four to 140 for eight wickets all within the 18th over. First Raza was trapped LBW by Naseem for 14, young Ryan Brookhouse caught and bowled for a duck and Bilal Manzoor then trapped first ball LBW by Naseem again.

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The big wicket for Kismet though was that of Rubby Singh, as he was run-out in a mix up for 60. With 19 runs needed, Nic Krzyzanowski and Hamid Manzoor then looked to chip away at the runs, content to take their time knowing there were still 12 overs left.

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Manzoor battled well to help take the score up to 148, though was to then be run out as he failed to run straight and ground his bat in completing a run.

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Bilal Mahmood came out to bat for the final wicket, needing 11 runs to win. A couple of boundaries for Krzyzanowski soon tied the scores, though Mahmood was then unluckily bowled off an inside edge. Dunnikier all out for 158, scores even, match tied.

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So points shared between Dunnikier and Kismet, in a game which either team could or should have won. Both teams played the match in excellent spirits.

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