Both our readers might remember, after last week’s Western Cup win at “Hughenden”, that your web reporter suggested tonight’s final group stage match might see Shawholm complete the set of results: after an abandonment, a loss, then a win, it was likely the final game against Victoria would result in a tie. …..and so it was! Genius! 127 for 8 was Victoria’s reply to Shawholm’s 127 for 4. Saturday’s Lotto numbers are also available upon receipt! But, back to the game itself. Batting first after they won the toss , Victoria’s 127 for 8 centered on contributions from Iqbal (32) and Waqas (24), batting in the middle order, adding to Hussain’s 20, batting at three. For Shawholm, all the bowlers, save Hunnain Sohail, got in amongst the wickets, Haris Khan’s 4-0-15-3 being the standout. Matching Khan’s economy was James Cathcart’s figures of 4-0-15-2, Cathcart opening the bowling with Hamaad Anwar. In all Victoria lost eight wickets en route to posting their 127.
So, 128 to win. Shawholm’s run-chase was substantially delivered by the top order, with Awace Ahmed’s 34 and Sohail’s 31 being the two scores that would’ve seen their names in the ‘paper. The question was, however, would the batters get to, or pass their target. It would be the former, 127 being on the ‘board when the last of the second innings’ 120 legitimate deliveries was bowled. The question though – to determine the winner – was “at what cost”, i.e. how many wickets had fallen, the winner in a tie in this competition being the side losing fewer wickets. And in this regard: 4 played 8 – boom! Home win. #Toffee [Scorecard]