Glenmore Cricket Club Glenmore Braves v Crown 2 on Sat 27 Aug 2016 at 1pm
Glenmore Cricket Club Won by 42 runs

Match report Glenmore got their season back on track with an impressive win over Crown II at Riley Park. Having lost three of their previous four games, Glenmore needed a victory to give their hopes of making the play-offs a much needed boost. Thanks to another sensational display with the ball, and a slightly better effort with the bat, they took the 6 points.

Storey won the toss and chose to bat first. It was about time the Glenmore batsmen stood up to help out their bowlers. With Martyn and Amar both absent it was left to Storey and Tejas Chitre to take on the new ball. They had got the score to 14 before Tejas was adjudged lbw for 2. Taha Lodhi joined the skipper in the middle and together the pair produced one of the better top order partnerships of Glenmore's season. They put on 46 runs in 18 overs to lay a solid platform for the remainder of the innings. While Crown's bowling attack was not to be feared, they were accurate enough to test the patience of Alex and Taha, but it was encouraging to see both batsmen show some grit and determination to stick together and grind out the runs. Both left the ball well, particularly against the probing legspin of Amin, and they were sharp between the wickets. Storey (29), playing his best knock of the season, managed to find the boundary when some poor deliveries came his way. His eyes lit up again when Amin dropped short, but he could only manage to find deep mid wicket.

At 60-2 Glenmore would have hoped to kick on and put a sizeable score on the board. Unfortunately, what followed was a mini collapse as the total soon became 75-5. Taha fell lbw for an impressive 17, while Jaideep and Ikbal both edged Qureshi through to the wicket keeper.

Anjan Singh and Nabeel Ayubi restabilised the innings with a partnership of 24. Both looked in fine touch, each smoking the ball the boundary and moving the total along at a good tempo. Sadly, Anjan didn't quite get enough on one of his trademark pick-ups to leg and was smartly caught in the deep for 11. Ryan Jenkinson was busy during his innings, and probably timed the ball better than anyone all day, but was bowled by one that kept low for 5. That put Glenmore at 114-7, and with 11 overs remaining the hope was to still take the total to 140 and beyond. But, a second collapse, this time with two more wickets falling at 114 (Manji out first ball and then Nabeel caught at mid on for 20 trying to go over the top), knocked the stuffing out of the innings. Sandy Sahota and Shariq Akhlaq pinched a few more runs for the last wicket, but when Sandy was bowled behind his legs Glenmore were all out for a sub par 122.

Shariq gave the team talk before Glenmore went out to defend their total, promoting a big effort from the lads and for Crown to be bowled out for 50. Had it not been for a manic, profitable 10th wicket partnership Shariq's goal may well have been reached.

All season long Shariq and Manjinder have been sensational with the new ball. There can be few better new ball partnerships in the division, and once again on Saturday the pair were at their absolute best to demolish the Crown top order. They make a great partnership as they offer different challenges to the batsmen. Manji is left arm, predominantly swings it back to the right hander, but with the one going across or the bouncer up his sleeve. Shariq is a big, strong unit who hits the bat hard and shapes the ball nicely away. Together they shared 6 wickets and could have easily had more.

The first wicket to fall went to Manji thanks to a perfectly pitched out swinger that took the edge and was neatly taken by Storey diving infront of the slips. Shariq was into the action in his second over, producing a near unplayable delivery to knock over Amin for a duck. The ball was angled in, pitched off and hit off. An absolute gem. Philip Raju, Crown's opening bat, was clearly going to try hitting just about every ball that came down in an agricultural manner. Once Manji got him in his sights though the end result was pretty obvious. Raju planted his front foot and took a big swing, but the ball swung back to give the umpire a simple lbw decision.

Glenmore has probably held more slip catches this season than the last three or four seasons combined. The latest slip catch to be pouched was by the ever energetic Jenko, snaffling a sharp chance off Shariq. The big fast bowled got his third of the day thanks to another gorgeous full, swinging delivery. Talha was unable to resist any longer, going for a big drive, only to nick through to Storey. Shariq ended up with 3-30 in another excellent spell.

The Crown innings went from bad to worse when they lost their captain Qureshi, run out for 5. There was a huge mix up in the middle and Qureshi basically gave up on making his ground once he saw Anjan's throw coming in. Had he been a little more lively he could have got in as the throw was a little misdirected, and then Storey slipped as he tried to get to the stumps, finally diving in a heap to remove the bails.

Manji picked up his third wicket of the day with a delivery good enough to match Shariq's earlier in the innings. The ball swung in, pitched on a perfect length and then nipped away to just clip off stump. Pretty much unplayable. Manji finished with 3-25 from 10 superb overs.

Taha came into the attack and immediately had success, picking up two wickets in his first over. Abhi was the latest batsmen to be out foxed lbw by Taha's quick, straight on delivery. And three balls later Mansoor chipped the ball up and Taha took a tricky catch running back over his shoulder.

With Crown nine wickets down it appeared the game was up. However, Veer Maher, having spent most of the innings in his pads doing the square leg umpiring duties, was intent on having some fun. He adopted an unorthodox technique, and played and missed regularly, but he also managed to keep finding the gaps and the boundary. A few lusty smears over the off side, and some quick running, and suddenly the Crown team were sensing they might still be in with a chance. From 46-9 Maher and Rehman (getting a cheer with every ball he kept out) took the score to 80. However, in a bid to keep Maher on strike they attempted a suicidal second run to Jenkinson's arm. His rocket throw was spot on, Storey finished the job, and the diving Maher was out for a frenetic, entertaining 26.

So, Glenmore victorious by 42 runs, and with hopes still alive of making the play-offs. This was a very encouraging performance, mostly due to the excellent attitude in the field and the top quality bowling display. Hopefully the batsmen will find some form at the right time of the season and the wins will continue to come.

Glenmore Cricket Club Glenmore Braves Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 20w 2lb 
for 10 wickets
Alex Storey ct deep mid wkt b Amin 29 66 3 43.94 2
Tejas Chitre lbw b Wadhwani 2 15 13.33
Taha Lodhi lbw b Rehman 17 51 33.33 1
Jaideep Singh ct keeper b Qureshi 8 12 1 66.67
Ikbal Sandhu ct keeper b Qureshi 1 5 20.0
Anjandeep Singh ct long on b Mansoor 11 20 55.00 1
Nabeel Ahmed Ayubi ct mid on b Dogra 20 32 1 62.50
Ryan Jenkinson b Mansoor 5 11 45.45 1 1
Manjinder Sandhu ct mid on b Mansoor 0 1 0
Sandeep Sahota b Dogra 4 6 66.67
Shariq Akhlaq Not Out  3 9 33.33

Crown 2 Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Crown 2 Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
16w 1b 1lb 
for 10 wickets
80 (25.5 overs)
F.Siddiqui ct Storey b M.Sandhu 2
P.Raju lbw b M.Sandhu 3
A.Amin b Akhlaq 0
A.Gilani ct Jenkinson b Akhlaq 0
T.Paracha ct Storey b Akhlaq 7
M.Qureshi run out (Anjan Singh / Storey) 5
R.Wadhwani b M.Sandhu 4
A.Dogra lbw b Lodhi 13
V.Maher run out (Jenkinson / Storey) 26
M.Mansoor ct & b Lodhi 0
A.Rehman Not Out  3

Glenmore Cricket Club Glenmore Braves Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Manjinder Sandhu10.022538.332.50
Shariq Akhlaq8.0030310.003.75
Taha Lodhi4.501226.002.48
Sandeep Sahota3.001100.003.67