In the Brooklyn Invitational, Shaheeh skipper Waqas Akram lead his team with and unbeaten 101, as they recovered from 76 for 6 to post 222 in 30 overs against Jinnah at Bay Park, East Rockaway, Saturday 10th June 2012. Bowling for Jinnah Raheel Khan nabbed four early wickets in his first spell to wreck the Shaheen top order. Raheel completed his five-fer in his last over returning at the depth but it was not effort to stem Akram’s onslaught.
Jinnah in response started slowly but kept wickets in hand. Ansar Rizvi and Junaid Alam posted … for the 3rd wicket to give their team a slim chance of pulling the win off. However the run rate hovered roundabout 12 per over for much of the last 13 overs and the fall of Rizvi 59 and Alam 40was the beginning of the end. Raheel could not follow up his late order heroics from a week ago as he was run out with 48 runs needed of 24 balls. Discipline bowling and workman like field kept Shaheen on course to prevail by 20 runs, Shoaib Sheikh had two wicket as Akram and Jawad had one each.
Sheffield completed back to back wins over the weekend edging Diplomats by 37 run in a low scoring affair and Wanderers by 40 runs. The two wins yielded 20 points to push the new lads on the block 10 point behind leaders Middlesexx and even with Panthers. For the Leaders Freddie Roopchand 99 and Jacob Emmanuel 81 took apart the Wanderers bowling, as Middlesexx scored 252. Wanderers never looked like they were up to the challenge as they foiled for 87 Kavir Singh scalped three wicket as Dominic Audain and Adam Sanford picked two each.
Travel Treat was unable to keep pace as they have mixed results, winning against Queensbury by 83 runs in Saturday, while falling to unbeaten Panthers a day later. Queensbury recorded there first win on Sunday 9th June when they got past follow stragglers Diplomats. Diplomats, Wanderers, and Queensbury remained rooted at the depths of the standings with one win each. The battle for Brooklyn continues this Sunday 17th June with Panther tackling Wanderers, Middlesexx face Travel Treat and bottom feeders, Cavaliers meet Diplomats.
Sat. 9th June:
Sheffield 98 all out beat Diplomats 61 by 37 runs
Middlessex 252 thumped Wanderers 87 by 165 runs
Travel Treat 233 won v. Queensbury 150 by 83 runs
Imperial and Cavaliers no result available
Sun. 10th June:
Sheffield 176 Wanderers 136
Diplomats lost to Queensbury
Panthers beat Travel Treat
Brooklyn Standings: 6/11/2012 (unofficial)
Team Matches Wins Loses Tie Points
Middlesex 6 5 1 0 50
Panthers 4 4 0 0 40
Sheffield 6 4 2 0 40
Travel Treat 6 4 2 0 40
Imperial 3 2 1 0 20
Diplomats 5 1 4 0 10
Wanderers 5 1 4 0 10
Queensbury 6 1 5 0 10
Cavaliers 3 0 3 0 0