Aldenham Cricket Club v Fighting Stars on Sun 21 Apr 2024 at 12.30
Aldenham Cricket Club Lost by 3 wickets

Match report
ACC first Sunday game at the Parish.

ACC Sunday team played Fighting stars on a somewhat cold afternoon at the Parish.

Sunday captain Haq lost the toss (blaming the missing £2 coin), the opposition chose to field first. Playing on the same surface from Saturday, openers Dush and Ebay soon realised the pitch played the same way it did on the Saturday morning. The opposition opening bowling pair bowled some tight lines and kept the scores under check. Upon the introduction of a spinner, the first boundary of the innings was hit in the 13th over. The first wicket fell in the 16th over with just 34 on board. Majid came in at number three and tried to get the momentum going but was caught leg before to another ball that kept low. Raj joined Ebay and wasted no time in the middle, runs were hard to come by and the outfield seemed even slower than Saturday. Ebay at the other end, while watching wickets tumble, had realised the value of taking quick singles.

After Raj’s departure Peinan debuting for ACC joined Ebay and put on a partnership of 30 odd runs when he had to unfortunately retire hurt due to a wrist injury.

In came Perry and played some of his trademark reverse sweeps and ramp shots. But the outfield on Sunday was just not quick enough to roll any of those to the boundary. Perry and Ebay then started taking on the fielders for the quick singles and risky doubles, with Perry diving to the crease to complete those runs, like a Tom Daley on a springboard minus the speedos. Due to the cold weather ACC supporters had kept away from the Parish, but Dan Morgan had his watchful eye on the proceedings while on a gardening mission by the boundary line. Mike and Harvey Ward joined in but were up in arms against each other over a controversial injury. Meanwhile on field, Ebay reached a well-deserved half century. With overs running out, the opposition, in a gesture of extreme generosity, extended the 35 over game to a 40 over game. A group of ACC supporters by the boundary line were eager to see fireworks from ACC captain and in a bid to get the captain out in the middle early, started calling out the on field runs for ones and twos. This brought an end to Ebay’s innings in the form of a run out, somewhat manufactured by the clever supporters. Captain Haq wasted no time in the middle and hit two lusty shots to the boundary, this got the opposition to spread the field, but you know the conditions are not in your favour when a shot from Itty Haq has not cleared the fence. Ally, Dipen and Adam then went in to gather as many runs as they could through singles when available. ACC finished it's innings on 151 for 9 in 40 overs.

After a half hour tea break the game resumed for the Fighting Stars innings with the bat. Adam and Sheikhy had the new ball for ACC and they gave the opposition opening pair a tough time in the middle. Adam soon had his first wicket to an absolute beauty, starting from around middle and leg and then going on the clip the top of off stump. Adam then also got the number one batsman out. Sheikhy on the other hand bowling up the hill was posing a lot of problems to the batsman; he finished his quota of 8 overs in a single spell which included 4 maidens. Sheikhy was unlucky on the day to not get any wickets, he also took a great catch in the outfield. By over number 11 the game was very evenly poised. The first bowling change came in the form of Dipen. Some full tosses went to the boundary for fours and sixes. Dipen did find his rhythm eventually and managed to fox one of the batsman with a flighted delivery, drawing the batsman out of his crease and miss it, some brilliant glove work behind the stumps from ACC captain did the rest.

Due to the injury sustained while batting Peinan did not make it on the field, youngster Jnyan substituted him while wearing oversized whites and shoes from Ally. Perry replaced Dipen coming down the hill and he picked up his first wicket playing for ACC. But the opposition had found a bit of confidence and were now scoring easily, partly due to some full tosses, some dropped catches and also the pitch finally drying up a bit. When Raj was introduced into the attack the move instantly paid off. Raj was on a hattrick and ACC had managed to somewhat claw themselves back into the game. Seven wickets down, the opposition looked a bit rattled as the in-form batsman started refusing easy singles in a bid to protect wickets at the other end. But 151 runs proved to be under par and towards the end the opposition batsman decided to go full throttle to finish with a flurry chasing down 151 in 29.3 overs.

Still, a great Sunday at the Parish with usual banter, lots of cheer and beer.

Man of the Match for ACC – Ebay


Aldenham Cricket Club Aldenham Cricket Club Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
10nb 8w 6b 4lb 
for 7 wickets
Dushant Pandit ct Waheed 14 46 1 30.43
Ubaid Khaliq Run out  56 88 2 63.64
Majidahmed Mohammadali lbw Adnan 12 27 44.44
Raj Chandel ct Alam 0 4 0
Peiman Memarpouri Retired Not Out  13 26 50.0
Perry Barnes ct Alam 15 22 68.18 1
Itty Haque b Sim 10 5 2 200 1
Ally Memarpouri ct Waheed 4 10 40.0 1
Dipen Sanghvi Not Out  2 4 50.0
Adam Haque Not Out  1 1 100
Sheikh Ahmed   1

Fighting Stars Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Fighting Stars Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
7nb 15w 2b  
for 7 wickets
157 (0.0 overs)
Nabeel ct Ally b A. Haque 9
Ridham b A. Haque 1
Naveed st I. Haque b Dipen 22
Adnan Retired Not Out  56
Mohid lbw Barnes 4
Saleem ct Ahmed b Chandel 0
Waheed ct Barnes b Chandel 6
Najeeb Not Out  32
Alam b Chandel 0
Sim Not Out  0

Aldenham Cricket Club Aldenham Cricket Club Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Sheikh Ahmed8.041400.001.75
Adam Haque5.0025212.505.00
Dipen Sanghvi6.0140140.006.67
A.N. Other4.003900.009.75
Perry Barnes2.0016116.008.00
Raj Chandel2.302137.008.40
Ally Memarpouri1.00400.004.00