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Ilford Catholic finish third in the Herts and Essex Cricket League Division One after last-ball loss
Ilford Catholic finished third in the table after losing off the last ball of the game on Saturday in a low-scoring match against Nazeing Common.
Catholic batted first and struggled on a slow batting track. Suleman Saleem (43) was the star batsmen with support from Ed Tooth (29) and Abbas Saleem (14).
Catholic suffered a mid-order collapse at 106 for four, losing the last six wickets for just 25 runs to finish on a meagre 131 all out.
In reply, John Rogers (two for 17) made early inroads but Nazeing pushed the score along to take charge of the game.
Catholic led a great fight back however as Abdul Wahab and Sulosan Thiru took three wickets apiece to have Nazeing nine wickets down with two overs to go.
In a tense finish, the result was finally settled from the last ball as Nazeing grabbed the winning runs.
Ilford Catholic Seconds signed off their championship-winning season in fine style with an emphatic victory over Potter Street.
Batting first, Catholic lost Annanth Kumar (three) with the score on four but fellow opener Bob Marsh (39) and Sarankan Skandamoorthy (69) had a fine partnership of 121 in 23 overs. Skandamoorthy’s half-century was his fourth in five innings.
Sandeep Barot (37) and Skandamoorthy added a further 32 before skipper Martin Riches (6), Nigel Costin (14) and some good late hitting by Ashok Selvaratnam (15) got Catholic up to a substantial total of 235.
In reply, Oliver Graham and Mukhtiar Singh set about the Potter Street batting line up, with Graham returning figures of three for 16 and Singh three for 33. Change bowlers Gowtam Rajasegaran (one for five) and Ravi Ramanuja (one for two), as well as two run outs, rounded off a superb season for the Seconds.