Egerton Park play out draw with Electricity Sports

Egerton Park's Zaheer Hussain took four wickets against Newtown Linford EMN-150206-145720002
Egerton Park's Zaheer Hussain took four wickets against Newtown Linford EMN-150206-145720002
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Injury-hit Egerton Park made four changes for the visit of Electricity Sports but held on for a draw.

Captain Nick Watchorn won his first toss of the season and after great consideration decided to bowl first on a flat Park wicket which would offer very little for the bowlers.

Sports boast the best batting average of the league so far this season and their talent shone through as they posted 264-3 off their 45 overs.

Park’s fielding didn’t look as sharp as recent weeks and the hosts were left to perhaps regret a few missed opportunities.

The home side were hopeful they could get close to chasing down the large total, having scored more than 290 twice already this term.

But they couldn’t have made a worse start as Stuart Rose was caught first ball, driving a half-volley straight to mid-off.

Zaheer Hussain continued his good form with the bat, and while he continued to bat, Park were always in the hunt and up with the required rate.

But he fell four runs short of his second century of the season when he advanced down the wicket and was quite peculiarly given out lbw – quite out of character with the rest of the decisions made by the league umpire.

As Park fell behind the rate and continued to lose wickets it was left to Nick Watchorn and Tim Webster to see the last few overs out for a draw, which they comfortably did without incident.

Electricity Sports: 264-3.

Bowling: K. Panchal 5-0-28-0; T. Webster 9-0-34-0; J. Blunt 12-0-48-1; Z. Hussain 10-0-66-1; N. Watchorn 6-0-47-0; B. Simons 3-0-27-0.

Egerton Park: S. Rose 0, R. Bailey 9, Z. Hussain 96, J. Blunt 9, C. Madden 0, H. Webster 25, B. Simons 20, T. Mold 7, K. Panchal 4, N. Watchorn 1*, T. Webster 0*, Extras 9. Total: 180-9.