Attock beat friends to take title in style

Attock Cricket Club team photo Back row (left to right): Khalid Rehman, Iftikhar Afzal, James Ahmed, Mohammed Ilyas, Nawaz Khan, Sajid Hussain and Hedar Rasool; Front row (left to right): Shafqat Khan, Jaco Castle, Liaquat Ali (cpt), Aslam Hayat and Shakeel Ahmed.
Attock Cricket Club team photo Back row (left to right): Khalid Rehman, Iftikhar Afzal, James Ahmed, Mohammed Ilyas, Nawaz Khan, Sajid Hussain and Hedar Rasool; Front row (left to right): Shafqat Khan, Jaco Castle, Liaquat Ali (cpt), Aslam Hayat and Shakeel Ahmed.

THE Premier Division title was signed, sealed and delivered by Attock in top-class style.

They restricted Sheffield Friends to 96-8 and then lost just one wicket in reaching their target, with an unbeaten 44 from Khalid Rehman and 30 not out from Iftikhar Afzal.

Wicketkeeper: Liaquat Ali.

Wicketkeeper: Liaquat Ali.

Billy Root cracked 51 in Collegiate’s 175-6 and Ah-Mahdi’s reply had reached 51-2 when rain ended play which was not what Al-Mahdi wanted considering they needed a win to retain their Premier Division status. Collegiate were however confirmed as runners-up.

Khan were bowled out for 106 (Naz Hussain 4-26) but Darnall wee made to battle and lost seven wickets before they reached their target.

Frecheville were already confirmed as Division A champions but the game between them and Abbeydale was abandoned. Kashmir joined them in the top flight after their five wicket win over Caribbean who they limited to 113-8 (Wasim Aslam 4-18). Khurram Javed 43no and Wasim Aslam 33, led the reply and defeat condemned Caribbean to a second successive relegation.

Millhouses Works joined them in Division B after their defeat by University Staff. Works could only muster 86-8 (Suhas Nawada 4-23) but Staff only reached their target in the final over with eight wickets down (Adam Burkinshaw 4-17, Chris Turner 3-15).

Outokumpo made 129-5 (Dale Weldon 53) and Norton Woodseats, galvanised by the need to win to stay up, smashed their way to victory by nine wickets (David Armitage 53, James Eyre 30no).

Division B champions Hollinsend Methodists visited Beauchief to play De La Salle, knowing a win would see them undefeated all season. They racked up an impressive 145-4 (Michael Parker 50no) and the home side crawled to 73-5 in reply.

It’s still not clear who will lift the Division C trophy although Richmond are in prime position, three points clear of Hallam Lodgers.