Batting failure costs Whits chance of win
OLD Whitgiftians wasted a great chance to beat Ashtead on Saturday as questionable shots led to the home side's downfall.
After Ali Raja had won a good toss and decided to bowl first, OWs got the perfect start, dismissing Dominic Sibley with the first ball of the match, taken at slip off Majid Khalil.
Khalil then produced a great ball to defeat Zak Elkin to leave the Stags 5-2.
Both Khalil and Harshil Patel beat the bat regularly in the early stages and when Patel took the wicket of Stewart Cameron, Ashtead were struggling at 20-3 in the 14th over.
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Andrew Roberts (56) and Matthew Friedlander (47) then produced what turned out to be the match-winning stand adding 70 in 15 overs before Friedlander was bowled by Murti Hussain and at lunch Ashtead were 114-4 from 32 overs.
Patel returned for his second spell and was accuracy personified finishing with 1-15 from 14 overs. With Hussain bowling well at the other end the afternoon session became a hard grind for Ashtead but thanks to Stuart Cope's 27 the score was boosted to 177 from 64 overs.
Khalil took 5-72 and Hussain 4-42.
The bowling was accurate and the pitch still tricky but OWs had a minimum of 56 overs in response.
After Jono Morey and Matt Stiddard had started with a stand of 21, both fell at the same score to Cope and Williams.
Ahmad Raja then chased a ball to be taken at slip and when Murti Hussain played a loose shot and was out off a leading edge to the last ball before tea, OWs were in trouble at 42-4 from 21.
Rory Caines fell in a similar way straight after the break and when Ali Raja, who had battled hard for nearly an hour for 17, got a good ball to become the first of Tom Deighton's four victims, OWs were 55-6 after 30.
Ali Jaffery (44 from 83 balls) and Mo Raza (19) mixed counter attack with watchful defence and Harshil Patel defended valiantly for 31 balls to take OWs to 125-8 with 15 minutes left before Cameron came on to take the last two wickets in successive balls.