Arshad chops down Bush to seal Harrow Town victory

PUBLISHED: 11:14 01 August 2012

Muhammad Arshad’s classy knock of 76 steered rock-bottom Harrow Town to their first Middlesex County League win of the season – and effectively ended Shepherd’s Bush’s hopes of promotion.

Arshad anchored the Town reply after they had restricted Bush to 196-8 declared and, although he was finally dismissed with five runs required, Uzair Mohammed swiftly wrapped up a five-wicket victory.

Bush – who went into the game with an outside chance of snatching a top two finish – seemed to be making good progress after they won the toss and batted at Bromyard Avenue.

Tom Bryan and Sam Dishon took their side to 58 without loss, but it was Arshad (2-67) who made the breakthrough, bowling Bryan for 20 and paving the way for Kamlesh Desai to inflict further damage.

Desai reduced Bush to 99-5 as he removed captain Miles Illingworth (5), Aaron Johnson (8) and Ben Colbeck for a duck, with Dan Davis (11) falling to Prashant Patel.

Dishon (82) led the home side’s recovery, adding 30 with Pravin Jadhav (19) and 37 with Alex Mitchell (20 not out) before he became the final victim of Desai (5-65).

Some valuable late blows from Will Speer (16) and Greg Malkin (6no) guided Bush up to 196-8, and Speer boosted their hopes further when he had Town opener Bhavik Thakkar caught behind for 12.

Nawaz Nawfer (19) helped Arshad to keep the scoreboard ticking over until he fell to Greg Malkin, but Michael Jadunath (25), who took his place, shared a crucial third-wicket stand of 84 with the opener.

Derek Mian (3-37) dismissed Jadunath leg before, but his replacement Rizwan Shafi all but ended Bush’s hopes of victory as he hammered a quickfire 35, including three sixes and three fours, from just 19 balls.

Both Shafi and Arshad were eventually prised out by Mian, but Uzair (24no) ensured that Town would break their duck, hitting Johnson for a four and then a six to clinch the win in the 34th over.

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