Mohammed Majid's superb bowling spell, which included 8 wickets, led the 2nd XI to a 3rd victory on the trot at the start of the 2022 season, as they set the early pace in Division 3W.
Batting first, Bury lost opener Zain Khan early, before Zafri Zafardeen and Ghalib Sarosh (30) put on 71 for the second wicket. The wicket of the latter was followed by two more quickly, including that of Zafardeen, but only after he had scored 56. Ali Hassan picked up where he left off from last week and pushed the scoreboard up with his 33 from 35 balls. Zarqash Ali finished the innings in style with his 13* from 4 balls, as Bury finished on 189-8.
The Friends United reply lasted only 17 overs with Mohammed Majid wripping through the visitor’s batting order. When opener Saleem Butt was bowled at the end of the 9th over for 24, Majid already had 5 with the score at 28-6, with each of the batsman batting at number two to six all out for ducks. Friends United finished all out on 48, with Majid finishing on 8/20 – Ali Hassan with the other 2 wickets with 2/27. (Scorecard)
Over at Brooksbottom, the 1st XI went down to defeat with a disappointing batting performance. The home side were in early trouble with the bat, slipping to 22-3 in the 11th over. Ash Gowers and Luke Sumner put together a patient fourth wicket partnership worth 52 in 20 overs before Gowers (33) was caught by Nathan Ramsay off the bowling of Damario Goodman. Mohsan Iqbal upped the scoring rate with his 42 from 50 balls before he was bowled by Mukhtar Nasir. Sumner batted throughout most of the innings and passed 50 and he was one of four batsmen to fall quickly at the end of the innings – Sam Nolan-Massey taking 3 wickets in the final over to finish with 6/44.
Bury lost both of their openers in consecutive balls at 2-2 before Aneeq Hassan was bowled by Iqbal for 16. D’Angelo Springer scored 33 on his Bury debut before he was ran out, and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. From 102-8, Gary Garner and Damario Goodman (28*) occupied the crease for 10 overs until Garner was bowled – the final wicket fell soon after with Bury 140 all out – falling to a 38 run defeat. (Scorecard)
On Sunday, the 3rd XI took on Ashton Ladysmith 2nd XI at Radcliffe Road. 14 year old Sabat Ali Ahmed made his senior debut for the club. Stand in captain Josh Bowen elected to bowl and was the pick of the bowlers with 3/48 from his 10 overs. Amir Hayat took 2/39 on his Bury debut, but Craig Dalton’s 69 led the visiting side to 200/8 from their 40 overs.
Scott Worswick and James Weston put on 57 for the opening wicket inside 12 overs with Bury in the game at that point. When the second wicket fell, that of Sajad Safi, the wickets began to tumble. Aaron Davies was the only batsman below three to reach double figures, with his entertaining 15 coming from just 7 balls. Worswick was the standout performer – his superb 61 coming from 81 balls included 10 fours – his maiden senior half century. Bury were eventually bowled out for 128 with the visitors taking home the points. (Scorecard)