Middlesex Championship Division One
Birkbeck College 155 ao
Wycombe House 156-2
Wycombe House won by eight wickets
Wycombe House’s Carl Burdett described fellow batsman Jalal Uddin’s century against Birkbeck College on Saturday as the best innings he has seen in a long time.
House lost the toss and were put in to field first, with star spinner Sohail Elahi delivering a Shane Warne-style magic spell of spin, taking 6-50, while off-spinner Waqas Aslam picked up a wicket on his first team debut before Alex Thamby wrapped things up to bowl out Birbeck for 155.
House opened with the returning Zahid Ahmed and Uddin, and what followed was a masterpiece in partnership batting at the top of the order as they put on an opening stand of 148.
Burdett said: “It was a quite magnificent hundred from Jalal that all of his team mates thoroughly enjoyed watching from the sidelines. It was full of concentration, straight hitting, waiting for the bad balls, late cuts, pulls out the ground – you name it, he played it
“It was the best innings any of us have seen in a long, long time, and it must be put into context as having been scored against a team in second place, who had only lost one game before Saturday.
“What made it easier for Jalal to play his natural game was knowing his partner at the other end was never going to give his wicket away as he played the patient opening bat role quite brilliantly.”
Uddin was eventually dismissed for 101, but House coasted to an eight-wicket victory.
Still one place ahead of them in third are Osterley (159-2), who also won by eight wickets against Alexandra Park (154), thanks to 5-33 from Amrinder Buttar.
In Division Two, Turnham Green & Polytechnic were skittled for 100 as they lost by seven wickets to New Calypsonians (116-3), and it was even worse for Old Isleworthians & Heston (58) in Division Three, who remain winless after losing by nine wickets to Kingsbury Construction (59-1).
Over in the Middlesex County League, Punnet Mehra was the hero with a knock of 87 and figures of 5-88, with Bupinder Singh also taking 4-59, as Division Two leaders Indian Gymkhana (158) narrowly beat Harrow St Mary’s (151) by eight runs in a low-scoring clash.
And in the Thames Valley League, British Airways (126) lost to Maidenhead & Bray (128-4) by six wickets in Division 2A, while Aman Bhatia took 5-29 as Chiswick & Latymer (121-3) beat Hayes (119) by seven wickets.