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High-flying Knowle draw comfort from seesaw clash

Table-toppers Knowle Village welcomed Lyndworth to Hampton Road but the weather proved problematic.

Knowle Village CC 142 - 9 (15pts) drew with Lyndworth CC 119-9 (8pts)

Table-toppers Knowle Village welcomed Lyndworth to Hampton Road but the weather proved problematic as Knowles ground staff worked overtime to mop up after a number of heavy downpours.

With the storms clearing around 1pm and after consulting with the umpires, a 3pm start time was agreed for a reduced 38 overs per side match.

On winning the toss Lyndworth looked to take advantage of the damp conditions and elected to bowl first.

But Knowle’s openers, Sean Dunne and Dan Clark, looked untroubled against some accurate bowling from Zulfiqar Khan and Waqar Hussain as they made steady progress.

With the platform set, skipper Dunne began to accelerate the run rate, punishing the Lyndworth bowlers with some glorious drives as he raced to his second 50 of the season.

However, Dunne’s innings was ended when he was bowled by Mohsin Raza for 55 with the score now 94-1 off 22 overs.

This breakthrough seemed to be exactly what Lyndworth craved as Dunne’s opening partner Clark (18) and Jarema (0) both fell in quick succession, leaving Knowle’s innings in the balance at 96-3 with just 12 overs remaining.

With Knowle struggling wickets continued to fall with Knowle eventually crumbling to 125-9.

Only Michael Dinneny (11) and James Tomnie (13no) provided any real resistance to the Lyndworth onslaught as they tried to drag the hosts up to a respectable score.

Knowle’s innings eventually ended on 141-9 with Mohsin Raza (5-29) and Shakeel Khan (4-45) strangling the innings.

Despite not making the total they desired, Knowle remained upbeat and confident they could still end the day with a positive result.

Knowing early wickets were the key, youngster James Tomnie duly obliged as he trapped Nadeem Ahmed (0) lbw. Tomnie’s initial breakthrough was supported by some tight bowling from his opening partner Michael Dinneny which soon meant the risk-free tactics being adopted by Lyndworth had to be adapted.

With the pressure increasing on the visiting batsman and their running becoming increasingly wayward some excellent fielding from Dan Clark brought the run out of Asad Zaman (0) to leave Lyndworth 7-2.

This breakthrough however brought Lyndworth’s trump card to the crease. Shakeel Khan looked unfazed by the situation as the score raced to 46.

Despite Khizar Zaman taking the wicket of Zaheer Afzal (7), Khan continued to bat confidently as he powered to 39 off just 28 balls.

This prompted Dunne into making a bowling change which proved a stroke of genius.

Looking to unsettle Khan, Dunne threw the ball to part-time spinner and ex-captain Martin Richmond.

After a couple of interesting deliveries Richmond tempted Khan into trying to send the ball on to Knowle high street.

However instead of connecting Khan could only get a feather of an edge on the ball and was expertly caught down the leg side by wicket keeper James Walker.

With the danger man gone and the score 55-4 Knowle felt they were in with a real chance of taking maximum points.

A further breakthrough from Khizar Zaman (2-22) and a wicket for James Flynn soon left Lyndworth staring down the barrel of defeat.

Suicidal running which was apparent earlier in the innings soon returned resulting in the run out of Zulfiqar Khan leaving the visitors 91-7.

Knowle attacked the tail in an attempt to finish the game off. However, Tanveer Ahmed blocked out the remaining two overs to end a seesaw game of cricket on 118-9 and allow Knowle to collect the winning draw.

 

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