Rush defeat Hills 2 in local derby
Division 2 The Hills II vs Rush
Rush won this Fingal encounter by 76 runs but truth to tell it was a much tenser affair than that scoreline would suggest.
For Rush Eoghan Conway and Iqbal accumulated steadily on a pitch that showed very good bounce for the best part of an hour before subsiding to even bounce about three-quarter stump high.
Nadeem AKhtar quickly found a line to get Iqbal LBW for 11 and then Conway stumped (19), leaving Rush at an awkward 44-2 and Matt Dwyer coming on.
Sadaat Gull and Dan van Zyl showed care and patience to survive until van Zyl chanced his arm against Matt Dwyer and was caught behind for 11 runs. Gull continued skilfully, using his height against the spinners and accumulating steadily not without a few Harrow drives, one of which brought up his 50 and taking full advantage of the deep-set mid-on and mid-off.
He eventually carried his bat for an excellent 76. Patrick Sheridan made a brisk 12 before slapping Umar Kumar to Darren Byrne and deep midwicket. Captain Lionel Jansen whacked merrily and intelligently for an even brisker 58* to make an imposing 211 (17 wides).
Mal Byrne was wicketless for his ten overs for 63 runs and could be accused of bowling too wide of the wicket. Stephen Archer was probably better than his 8 overs for 40 runs suggests. Akhtar and Matt Dwyer were the pick: 10-4-17-2 and 10-1-28-2, respectively.
The Hills started well with an opening partnership of 59 off 14 overs between Mark Dwyer and A Farooqi, as Shahid Iqbal was again plagued by wides, while Gull was immaculate as usual.
Rush generally bowled straight with four Hills batsmen bowled and one LBW. Even the two wickets excellently caught and bowled by van Zyl and Jensen were off straight balls. A couple of facile run outs knocked the stuffing out of the Hills chase and they found themselves scrambling singles in a lost cause.
Only Darrell Calder (20) and Archer (17) made double figures apart from wides (18) as they were all out off 41.2 overs. The pick of the bowling was: Gull 8-1-24-2, van Zyl 10-2-26-3, Jensen 4.2-0-10-2 (the last at the death).
It might have been very interesting if The Hills had batted their overs as Rush were in a fair way to be three or four overs short in bowling their overs and the runs and overs penalties are very severe in Leinster cricket this year.