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Jalill's half-century in vain for Horspath

22 May 2023

MINHAJ Jalill's maiden half-century for Horspath proved in vain as Chesham recorded a five-wicket win in Home Counties Premier League Division 2 at the Recreation Ground.
The Sri Lankan all-rounder, batting for the main part of his innings with a runner after injuring his left hamstring, made a valiant 76 to help steer the home side to 224-7 off 50 overs after they were put in to bat.
However, the Bucks club staged a well-paced run chase to claim victory at 225-5 with 2.4 overs to spare.
Shortly after opener Jimmy Phillips had fallen for 26, Jalill picked up the injury scrambling back to make his ground and called upon a runner when he was on just 14 to continue his innings.
With the home side in some trouble at 94-6, he went on to complete a fine half-century, sharing a seventh-wicket stand of 89 with Jehan Mohammed before he finally fell lbw to Kamran Khan to make it 183-7. His determined knock had lasted 131 balls and included ten fours.
Mohammed (39no) and Amin Rafiq, who smashed two sixes in an unbeaten 21 off 11 deliveries, ensured the innings finished with a flourish. Khan ended with 3-40, while skipper Matt Rance picked up 1-27 from his 10 overs.
The Chesham captain and Alex Morgan then laid the foundations for the run chase with an opening stand of 84, before Rafiq made the breakthrough by trapping Rance lbw for 45.
Morgan, with six fours in his 114-ball stay, had just reached 50 when he edged a delivery from Subhan Javaid into Will Hawtin's gloves to leave Chesham 129-2.
Max Smith then triggered a mini collapse with three wickets - including the former Northants batsman Richard Levi (30) - going down for 12 runs to make it 167-5, and the game was in the balance.
But there was to be no further success for Horspath as Khan, with an unbeaten 32 off 17 balls, and Josh Drage (24no), saw the visitors race to victory with an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 58.
Drage secured the win in style with a six over long on towards the clubhouse as Smith finished with 3-45 and Rafiq impressed again with 1-28 off his 10 overs.