Brantford, June 19, 2006 – Nasir Mahmood, the MVP of 2005, made his mark once again at the Brantford City Cricket Ground by scoring 85 magnificent runs while batting in the top order. Mahmood’s fast paced innings made the total target of 188 runs, scored by Brantford in the first inning, look like a walk in the park for St. Catharines.
Niagara Cricket Club won the game by 6 wickets and reached pass the mark of 188 runs in only 22 overs.
Brantford won the toss and elected to bat first on a true batting wicket at the local city cricket ground. They opened batting with Hussain and Mustafa Malik. While Hussain was out for duck, Mustafa batted well and scored 35 runs. In the middle order Kizar Bilal (30) and Roy Wilson $45) made good contributions to bring the score at 188 runs in 40 overs to close the inning for the loss of 9 wickets. Niagara Cricket Club skipper felt that STC did not bowl or field well and was not quite up to par, Humayun Ikram, with his in-swings and out swings, was the most successful bowler for STC. Ikram bowled 10 overs, 1 maiden, 3 wickets for 34 runs. Adeel Khan, bowling for the first time this season, gave only 11 runs in his spell of 7 overs capturing 2 wickets while Bilal Akhtar took 2 wickets in his spell of 6 overs giving away only 28 runs.
In reply, Niagara Cricket Club opened batting with Warna Peiris and Adeel Khan. The opening pair gave Niagara Cricket Club a flying start with 50 runs in the very first 5 overs. Adeel scored hard hitting 31 runs while Warna was caught at point for 18. Nasir Mahmood batting at #4 really tore the Branford bowling apart with 5 sixes and 9 fours to make his 85 while Grupreet Singh, batting at #5 made quick 29 runs and remained not out. Singh followed the tone set by Adeel Khan and Nasir Mahmood to surpass the total with a big sierx over the mid wicket to put a total of 194 on the board for STC.
Scoring 194 runs in less then 22 overs to win a match against Brantford is now a new record.
Niagara Cricket Club will now travel to Cambridge this Sunday June 25.