Goulburn District Cricket second grade

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Farooq Hammad bowled the first hat trick of the season for Soldier Warriors, claiming four Hibo Gold Two wickets for a five runs against and scored 29 runs off 25 balls. File photo: Darryl Fernance

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Farooq Hammad bowled the first hat trick of the season for Soldier Warriors, claiming four Hibo Gold Two wickets for a five runs against and scored 29 runs off 25 balls. File photo: Darryl Fernance

With perfect playing conditions on Saturday Worriers, looked to the sky to make their decision on whether to set the target or chase it, on the artificial turf of Carr Confoy field three. Having won the toss they decided on batting first.

Warriors opened their batted account with experienced Sreejesh Sredharan and young Abdul Raheem.

Sreejesh was scoring freely at one end and Raheem  was looking solid defensively at the other. The score moved along quickly to see Warriors take their scoring to 50 from 10 overs before Liam Langham had Raheem, caught for 12.

Jobin Thomas was soon to follow, the first of David Smiths wickets, he scored nine runs including a six, off the 14 balls he faced.

Jimmy Gill played some big shots before also falling victim to David Smith for 27 off 19 balls including five, fours.

Mani Chahal was soon to follow, caught by Langham off Smith’s bowling The Warriors were at five wickets down for 110 at drinks with Sreejesh caught by Tom Taylor off the bowling of Smith.  Sreejesh scored 53 including 11, fours in his total.

With  Pawan Aulakh playing some big shots including six  fours from one over and some defensive batting at other end Warriors moved ahead to 166 before the next wicket fell. This was in the 10th over with Andrew Hopkins caught by Smith for 11 off the crafting spin of Glenn Taylor.

Pawan and Hammad Farooq then took the long handle to the bowling with a mix off quick running between wickets and big hitting the score moved along quickly before Hibo Gold Captain brought himself in to bowl claiming Pawan for 56 and Hammad for a well made 29 from 24 balls. At the end of the 40 overs  the score was eight wickets down for 222 with Sibin Paul and Max George both not out on, four runs each.

Hibo Gold's innings got off to a poor start with Sam Kent going out quickly caught off Sibin’s bowling for two runs.

 Conner Deighton at the other end was striking the ball well punishing the bowling, but wickets kept falling around him.  Deighton was the only Hibo Gold player to make double figures top scoring with 27 runs before his wicket fell to Andrew Hopkins bowling. Glenn Taylor was next best with five runs and Tom Taylor was the not out batsman with four runs.

Best  for the Warriors was Farooq Hammad, who scored 29 runs off 25 balls and bowled 3.5 overs and  claiming four wickets for five runs. He also claimed Warriors first hat trick  for the season, all with a broken finger on his right hand.

STRONG PERFORMANCE: Farooq Hammad putting on a tradesman like display of batting for Warriors, with Tom Taylor as wicket keeper for Hibo Gold. Photo: Andrew Hopkins

STRONG PERFORMANCE: Farooq Hammad putting on a tradesman like display of batting for Warriors, with Tom Taylor as wicket keeper for Hibo Gold. Photo: Andrew Hopkins

In the other second grade match, on the Trinity field five turf, Railway Bowlo defeated Hibo Colts 197 to 204.