Newham College Cricket Team Wins London-region AOC Cricket League
They've beaten the likes of NewVIc, Havering, St. Doms, Leyton, and Sir George Monoux!
Newham College has won the London-region Association of Colleges (AOC) regional league title and will now go into a London vs Midlands play-off next week to decide who progresses to the national finals. Having been crowned winners of the London/East region, the Newham College Cricket Team now challenge the very best that Birmingham has to offer (7th June) before potentially competing in outdoor national finals next month for the first time.
Match Report (vs Leyton Sixth Form College)
Newham College London stormed to the regional league title this week by comprehensively defeating Leyton Sixth Form.
After being crowned London-East champions, Newham will now go on to represent the region at National level with a play-off against Birmingham-based winners Moulton College.
Continuing on from their majestic victory over NewVIc last week, Newham’s opening batting pair got off to another great start at the Walthamstow venue.
Despite snaring Captain Atesaam Syed via a brilliant catch, Leyton’s bowlers had no answers to the aggressive batting of Nasratullah Ahmad and new batsman, Manav Patel. Both Ahmad (39) and Patel (29) scored several boundaries on their way to an impressive 50-run partnership. The introduction of spinner Osaid however, changed the complexion of the match and his brilliant spell captured Ahmad, Patel and new batsman Sheheryar Baig, who was out to another brilliant catch by Leyton’s fielders. Newham’s very own “Boom-Boom” Faysal Miah entered the fray and was in no mood to hang around as he nonchalantly pummelled Leyton’s bowlers all around the ground which included a huge six straight down the ground. His quick-fire 28 runs from 13 balls included another 5 boundaries and pushed Newham to a good total of 158 off 20 overs.
Leyton hoped to get off to a good start and dent Newham’s league hopes but it was Newham’s pace attack which dominated the early part of the second innings. The 3-pronged attacked of Syed, Patel and all-rounder Haroon Khan meant Leyton struggled to keep touch with the increasing run rate as only 17 runs were scored from the first 7 overs. Newham piled on the pressure with good bowling from Niaz and excellent fielding from Baig, as regular Leyton wickets started to fall with Newham sensing victory. The run-rate crept towards 15-an-over but Leyton batsman Talal stood firm and produced a stubborn and gritty 48 runs. His was the last wicket to fall after being bowled by Baig and Newham completing a comfortable win with Leyton’s innings reaching 115 runs.
Newham Manager Zaheer Daleel said; “A great way to end the league season. The boys have done really well and to win the league without being beaten is impressive. I’m really pleased to see some of our younger players coming through and we have a nice mix of youth and experience in the team. We’re still in two cup competitions so the guys can’t relax just yet.”
Captain’s Quote (Atesaam Syed, IT Student): “We were very good today, credit to Leyton as they did their best but we have a lot of confidence at the moment. We’re looking forward to seeing how we do against teams from other parts of the country so bring it on!”
2019 AOC League Table (please note: Havering College and St. Dominic’s Sixth Form were removed mid-competition)