Shinfield maintain successful start

Shinfield Cricket
Shinfield Anurag Shukla bowling.

SHINFIELD extended their winning start to their league campaign as Muhammed Hafeez shone with an all round outstanding performance as they beat Goring on Thames by 90 runs.

Having won the toss and elected to bat first, Shinfield had a shaky start to the innings as opening batsman Saketh Chodimella was dismissed for a duck.

But the home side didn’t let that disrupt their rhythm as Prashant Gandhi hit nine fours on his way to tallying 60 runs from 67 balls.

Hafeez came into bat at number five and hit an astonishing 119 runs from just 61 balls, smashing 13 fours and six sixes on his way to surpassing a century of runs.

Shinfield v Goring on Thames (batting)
Shashank Garg bowling.

Naveed Naseer joined Hafeez at the crease and scored a valuable total of 35 runs as Shinfield closed their innings on 286 runs as the pair remained not out.

With a big score to chase, Goring replicated the start that Shinfield had made to their innings as their opening batsman Ali Baxter was bowled out for a duck.

Captain Ollie Carrier scored a quick half century as he knocked nine fours and two sixes on his way to scoring 65 runs before he was caught out by Anuraag Skukla from the bowling of Hafeez as Shinfield gained a crucial breakthrough.

Shinfield v Goring on Thames (batting)
Shinfield celebrate taking a wicket.

Goring stayed resilient in the middle order with a few decent totals, including Peter Slade who scored 37 runs from 44 balls but the Shinfield bowling attack remained clinical.

Gandhi added to his impressive batting performance by claiming three wickets as Hafeez rounded off a tremendous man of the match performance with four wickets as he caught and bowled the last two Goring batsmen.

The 90-run victory means that Shinfield sit in second position in the Berkshire Cricket League Premier Division having won their opening three matches.


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