Castle keeps in runs for Attock

There’s no stopping Attock’s batsman supreme, Jaco Castle.

He continued to top the hit parade for the Premier Division leaders with a defiant 58 as his teammates struggled against a strong Darnall bowling attack in which Mohammed Ali took 3-9.

Castle’s half century helped Attock to 118-8 and it proved far too many for Darnall as they were bundled out for 48, with a 4-16 return for James Ahmed.

Sheffield Friends batsmen found Al-Mahdi’s bowling to their liking as they rattled up 157-2 (Johnny Younis 66*, Ibrar Azam 48) and in reply, Al-Mahdi, still looking for their first win, ended well short at 123-9 (Ifty Ahmed 3-15, Younis 3-15, Michael Donson 3-34).

Meanwhile defending champions Collegiate suffered another defeat, this time at the hands of TOA. Chasing TOA’s 122 (Rabanaz Khan 34; Ben Fielding 3-24) Collegiate quickly fell behind the required run rate and closed on 107-8.

Khan dismissed Waterworks for 82 (George Snelling 38*; Mehfooz Khan 3-18) and then eased their way to a seven wicket win (Fayyas Mohammed 35*).

It’s still neck and neck at the top of Division A as both Frecheville and Kashmir retain their unbeaten records. Frecheville hit 109-4 (Todd Saxelby 42) against Caribbean, who, led by Aaron Miller with 40, got awfully close but ran out of overs just three runs shy with six wickets down.

Kashmir restricted Outokumpo to 118-7 (Atif Kayni 3-7), which featured a fine unbeaten 61 from Tom Starkes and then powered to their target to win by nine wickets with several overs to spare. Naseer Naheem cracked 75 and Nabeel Abdul chipped in with 34 not out.