Cricket: Shenfield captain Jack Kliber delighted with victory against national champions Wanstead & Snaresbrook
PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 May 2018
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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber was absolutely delighted to seal a two wicket victory against Wanstead & Snaresbrook last weekend.
The Herons chose to bat after winning the toss but lost Arfan Akram to injury after just two balls and saw Hassan Chowdhury dismissed by Essex staffer Aaron Beard without scoring at the Courage Playing Fields.
Beard also dismissed Kishen Velani, before Essex youngster Jack Plom removed Robin Das and Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal at the other end to make it 29-4.
Jonathan Das and Ismail Dar helped Aron Nijjar steady the ship, before both succumbed to Arshad Ali (3-34), who dismissed Zain Shahzad first ball to leave Wanstead 78-7.
Jack Lord put on a 42-run stand with Nijjar, who was eventually run out for 55 after hitting nine fours in a 122-ball stay.
And Lord was left unbeaten on 33 after hitting a six and four fours in his 27-ball cameo, when Beard (3-22) dismissed last man Mohammed Fayyaz Khan to end the innings on 136 in the 44th over.
“I’m absolutely delighted and really happy with that result,” Kliber said.
“The boys were superb and after losing the toss on a half decent wicket it didn’t look good but Jack Plom really set the tone early on.
“He hit Arfan and I think he ended up breaking his arm and it made it really hostile.
“Jack and Aaron then took a few out and made 29-4 which is always a difficult score any team to come back from.”
Before adding: “Arshad was superb in his first game for us as he’s been unavailable so far but he picked up where he left off, which is great for us.
“With Arshad we know what we’re going to get a consistent performer.”
Shahzad removed Alan Jones early in Shenfield’s reply, before Beard edged Nijjar behind to Jonathan Das.
Home captain Jack Kliber hit a six and five fours in his 31 before being bowled by opposite number Ellis-Grewal to leave his side 70-3, with Mitchell Edwards (36) stumped by Das off Nijjar with the total on 102.
Shenfield wobbled as Nijjar (5-45) worked his way through the middle order, slipping to 123-8 as Ellis-Grewal (2-49) picked up another scalp.
But Ollie Ekers kept his cool to steer the hosts to a two-wicket win, finishing unbeaten on 32 from 63 deliveries.
“They’re the best bowling line-up in the country so they made it difficult for us but in truth we made it hard on ourselves as we played some silly shots.
“But I’m delighted with the performance and the result.”