Failand beat Pakistanis Express to keep perfect record

A general view of cricket balls on the ground

A general view of cricket balls on the ground - Credit: PA

Failand & Portbury maintained their 100 per cent record with a five-wicket win over Pakistanis Express at Coombe Dingle.

The bowlers dominated again, reducing Express to 26-3 early on thanks to openers Obaid Khan (2-18) and captain Sam Buckley (1-27). 

Rashid Mahmood (3-17) took out the danger men in the middle order and there were wickets for Harry Jamieson, Sam Gunarathne and Mike Stuart to wrap up the home innings early on 121. 

Failand started well in reply despite losing an early wicket, and Alex Steel (15) and Mike Stuart (21) took the score to 38 before a second wicket fell.

Atif Mehmood showed why he is Failand leading run scorer so far this season, moving the total along steadily towards their target alongside Liam Smith (11), to finish unbeaten on 30 as Failand remain top of Bristol & District Division Three.

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The seconds were well beaten by Golden Hill fourths, who recovered from 72-4 to post 221-7 after being put into bat.

Tight bowling by captain Mark Day (2-16) and a wicket each for Tom Child and Steve Phippen gave Failand early hope, before a 127-run stand frustrated them.

Brad MacRitchie (2-46) and debutant Tamil Senguttuvan (1-26) claimed late wickets, but Failand then lost early wickets in reply despite starts from Dan Edson (14) and MacRitchie (15).

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A triple wicket maiden left Failand reeling at 57-6 but the tail stepped up, with Tamil (14), Child (20) and Day (17*) providing some minor hope to get to a batting point at least, before they finally fell to a 105-run los sin the 36th over.

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