Champions too good for leaders

PREMIER Division leaders Attock came unstuck last week with their visit to Abbeydale Park to play the defending champions Collegiate.

Attock hit a useful 144-4 (Asad Butt 63*, Jaco Castle 32), but Billy Root stroked 75 not out and with older brother Joe chipping in with 39, Collegiate won by nine wickets. Khan hit up an imposing 169-4 (Mehfooz Khan 65*, Tamoor Khan 56), and in reply Al-Mahdi were held to 130-7 (Fida Mohammed 3-27). Sheffield Friends made 170-3 (Shahid Rauf 76, Amar Hussain 33*), in their innings Waterworks runs flowed, but then dried up to leave them high and dry on 142-3 (Nick Dymock 69, Adil Nasim 34*). Attock stay top, but are closely pursued by Khan and Friends.

Frecheville continue their seemingly unstoppable run in Division A, their latest victims being University Staff. Staff scored 95-4 (Paul Kerry 56*). Miserly bowling from the visitors meant Frecheville had to work hard, but they ran out winners by 6 wickets in the final over.

Struggling Norton Woodseats were all out for 77 as wily veteran Sam Gittens took 5-9, Caribbean then cruised to an 8 wicket win. Outokumpo made 110-9 (Carl Wilson 42, Rabnawaz Khan 4-25).

In Division B, leaders Hollinsend had a thrilling game with Telecom Sports. Telecom were kept down to 100-5, but Hollinsend were stopped in their tracks as Jack Parkin took 4-5. Then Chris Marshall hit 40 to turn the game back towards the home team and one run was required from the final ball for a win. However, in the ensuing scramble, Marshall was run out and the game was tied. Aviva lost several early wickets and a low total looked on the cards until George Buckton hit 55 not out to take his team to 105-6 (Usman Riaz 4-11). Nether Edge were pegged back, closing on 101-7 (Imran Zafar 39, Hayman Farhat 3-20).