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Ahmed and Zeeshan show the way as Pengam prove too strong for the Allstars.

Cardiff Midweek Cricket League PENGAM Green and Grangetown Allstars opened up the week's action in Division One.

Pengam Green batted first and lost three quick wickets to the bowling of Sameer Ilyas, which brought Aqeel Ahmed and Zeeshan together.

Recovering from 10 for 3, Zeeshan scored an undefeated 46 and Ahmed 57 to see Pengam Green through to 123 for 3. Ilyas finished with figures of 3 for 28 for the Allstars.

The match continued to be the Zeeshan and Ahmed show, as they ran through the Allstars' batting line up. Zeeshan took 4 for 17 and Ahmed 5 for 15.

Only Hassan Aslam (29) and Arsalan Hussian (17) showed any resistance with the bat as The Allstars were dismissed for 80.

New Albany scored 178 for 4 against Clwb Criced Cymru Caerdydd. In reply CCCC were dismissed for 105.

Khyber batted first against Cardiff Asians. Suny Santosh scored 65 at the top of the order and Abdul Basit 32 to help Khyber reach 141 for 8. Adnan Ghori and Abdullah both took 2 wickets for Cardiff Asians.

The Asians' run chase was going well with Saleem Akhtar scoring 24 and Abdullah 21, but it was Adnan Ghori who top scored, before he was run out on 36. Once Ghori had gone, their innings lost momentum and they closed on 140 for 9 as Khyber won by the smallest of margins.

Attock faced the Cardiff Tigers in the next match. Attock batted first, reaching 162 for 7. Awais Chouhdary top scored with 44 and Mohammed Ilyas got 22, whilst Osman took 4 for 39 for the Tigers. Opener Vasanth Reddy tops scored for the Tigers with 37, but it was all in vain as Rishabh Bhagat ripped the Tigers' middle order apart, taking 5 wickets for 25 to dismiss the Tigers for 109.

The final match of the week saw The Roath Arif XI facing Trotters. Chris Thorn top scored for the Trotters with 47 and Brett Hole got 30 as the Trotters reached 128 for 6. Muhammed Ali Bukhari took 4 for 27 for Roath.

Roath's run chase never really got going as Todd Wilcox dismissed openers Akthar Baloch and Jasim Bukhari cheaply.

Abbas Ashraf scored a battling 26 before falling to Stuart Jardine, but from that point Roath's inning lost any impetus and they were held to 100for 9. Wilcox finished with figures of 4 for 19 and Jardine 3 for 11.

The double header of games in Division 2 was kicked off by the Scimitar Cavaliers vs The Huntsman.

The Huntsman batted first, losing Josh Simmons early on, but a period of consolidation followed as Mike Fussel and Dan Allen forged a valuable partnership. Fussel eventually fell for 21 and Allen 35 which then allowed Tim Holland and Roberts to rip through the remaining batsmen.

Holland took 4 for 25 and Roberts 3 for 11 as the Huntsman were reduced to 75 all out. Duncan Bell (20 not out) and Matt Sweeny (31 not out) made short work of the rye chase as the Cavaliers passed the target in 11.1 overs for the loss of 2 wickets.

The 404s batted first against FUBAR and scored 106 for 7. Nirmal Chhabria top scored with 33 and Martin Robinson scored 29. Peter Scott took 2 for 45 for FUBAER and Neil Clode 3 for 23. In reply FUBAR chased down the target for the loss of two wickets. Ben Coombes scored 16, Iwan Llewelyn 17, Dan Rogers 17 not out and Jon Corden 47 not out.

Contract Travel and Cardiff North played out a close fought contest. Adrian Offer scored and undefeated 55 and Nigel Morse got 23 as Contract Travel reached 118 for 5. John Lee took 2 for 16 for North and Pugal Kandy 2 for 27. Kandy and Lee then opened the innings to lead a dramatic run chase.

Kandy was dismissed for 40 and Lee remained 31 not out as North were held to 117 for 3, as Contract Travel won by one run.

Global Cricket Club scored 107 all out against Jalalia.

The free scoring Saqib Ali failed to trouble the scorers on this occasion, but both Qaiser Aziz and Shahid Khan both scored 23 and Shan Rehman got 21. Monju Ahmed took 4 for 24 and Saajan Ali 3 for 25 for Jalalia. In reply Jalalia reached 92 for 7. Abdul Aziz got 16 and Abdul Kalam 29 not out, whilst Imran Ahmed took 3 for 25 for Global.

The Highwaymen & Taverners, batting first against Top cats, scored 143 for 8. Dom Dwyer scored 42, Steve Everest 39 and Warren Baker 28. The Top Cats' bowlers shared the wickets around with Rob Greaves, Priten Solanki and Jon Berridge taking 2 each. Nick Viner took two early wickets for H&T, but Rob Greaves and Jon Berridge saw the Cats home without further loss, ending on 63 and 50 not out respectively.

Tom Clarke top scored with 29, J Horston got 25 and Dan Allen 24 as the Huntsman scored 129 for 6 against the 404s. Ali-Raza Naseem and Martin Robinson both took 2 wickets for the 404s. In reply the 404s lost one wicket chasing down the total, with Alex Boor and Robinson both undefeated at the end on 67 and 55 respectively.

Contract Travel batted first against FUBAR, scoring 133 for 8. Gaurav Patel top scored with 28, Kyle Offer and Nick Tyler both got 22.

Vinesh Mepani (26) fell to the last ball of the innings, bowled by Nick White, who changed his action from right over the wicket to left arm over the wicket for the final ball of his spell, to finish with figures of 4 for 24 off 5 overs.

In reply FUBAR lost 4 quick wickets including White caught and bowled by Mepani, before Steve Bradley scored a quick fire 29 and Neil Clode 22 not out. Jeffery 'The Wall' Coombs blocked out the last seven overs for 9 not out to leave FUBAR at 75 for 7. Vinesh Mepani took 4 for 18 and Krunal Patel 3 for 21 as Contract Travel won by 58 runs.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Aug 14, 2014
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