Regulation

As wins go this would be filed in the drawer labelled “Regulation”.  Batting first at home, against visitors Deanpark, Shawholm racked up 216 for 8 to set the Renfrew side a stiff target.  Built around meaningful contributions from Aasim Khurshid, who top-scored with 43 (56), and Inderjit Dulai (36), and assisted by cameos from Rameez Hassan (28), and skipper Hasan Rafiq (26), the eventual total was also boosted by 37 runs in extras, a gift that included 28 in wides and no balls.  Khurshid’s knock included six 4s, and he and Dulai added 63 runs for the third wicket, before Dulai then put on 53 in tandem with Rafiq.  That ol’ saying that two 50-run partnerships never loses would, therefore, be tested.  219 to win for the away side.

But at 9 for 3, an away win looked a distant hope, a Zakki Tariq run out, and a wicket a-piece for James Cathcart and Khurshid having seen to Shaik, Kakar, and Goodman, none of whom troubled to scorers!  Shaik’s opening partner Siddiq (29) dug in though, and stabilised things with Muchhala (14), adding 40 for the fourth wicket.  But after they were separated there was another flurry of wickets: 49 for 3 became 59 for 6.  But then another partnership, this 38 being added for the seventh wicket, Deanpark having moved on to 97 when that happened.  And to complete the pattern, the partnership breaking was followed by wickets, this time the last three: 97 for 7, becoming – remarkably – 98 all out, and inside 33 overs.  The wickets had been shared around, with a brace each for Cathcart, Dulai, and Rafiq.  A good – dare we say regulation – win.  [Scorecard]