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Sialvi sets up SH for first points of the season

PUBLISHED: 13:22 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:34 24 August 2010

Z Sialvi of South Hampstead looks to find fault with his bat after being caught by Gareth Davies off the bowling of W Wooton during the Middlesex County Cricket League Division Two game between North Middlesex and South Hampstead at Park Road, Crouch End on Sat May 9, 2009

Z Sialvi of South Hampstead looks to find fault with his bat after being caught by Gareth Davies off the bowling of W Wooton during the Middlesex County Cricket League Division Two game between North Middlesex and South Hampstead at Park Road, Crouch End on Sat May 9, 2009

Max Flego Sports Photography

SOUTH Hampstead were forced to settle for a four-point draw in Saturday s Division Two clash against Acton at Milverton Road. Tim McMahon s side, who had lost their opening match to early pacesetters North Middlesex, batted well to post a solid total of 2

SOUTH Hampstead were forced to settle for a four-point draw in Saturday's Division Two clash against Acton at Milverton Road.

Tim McMahon's side, who had lost their opening match to early pacesetters North Middlesex, batted well to post a solid total of 228-8 from 52 overs, with opener Zia Sialvi scoring a splendid half-century.

"I was reasonably happy with the result," said SH skipper McMahon. "I was impressed with our batsmen, especially Zia Sialvi, who showed good maturity to anchor the innings.

"They kept their heads, worked hard and put a good score on the board. Our bowlers are still a bit rusty but we are on the right track."

Acton asked South Hampstead to bat first and, despite losing McMahon and James Williams in the same over, a third wicket stand between Sialvi and Paresh Vallabh (34) steadied the innings.

Then, after losing five overs to the rain, play resumed and Paul Atherley (15) and Paul Sylvester (39) featured in solid stands with Sialvi to take the SH score well into three figures.

Sialvi was then joined by Leroy Shepherd (29 not out) and when Sialvi was dismissed for an excellent 69, Shepherd and Graeme Farley, who rattled off a quick-fire 28, guided the home side to 228-9 in 52 overs.

In reply, Acton lost one of their openers early on but soon regrouped and had reached 80-2 at one stage.

South Hampstead then took wickets at regular intervals, led by Ed Hewens (3-23 in six overs) and Majid Akram (2-40) and any hopes the visitors had of victory disappeared.

And when Acton fell short of the 180 needed for the four points, they shut up shop to finish on 161-8 in 42 overs.


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