ECAD Twenty20 National Deaf Cricket Festival
North v Midlands -Scorecard
ECAD North kicked off the ECAD T20 Deaf Cricket Festival with a narrow win by 25 runs which looked a lot worse caused by 20 penalty runs for a slow over rate.
North lost opener Cameron Sweeney first ball but Derek Grabham, Edward Denton and James Dixon propelled the North team to 132-6 off their 20 overs. Unfortunately the ECAD Midlands team bowled their overs very slowly with regular field changes taking some time and so 20 penalty runs were added to the North score after a generous enforcement of the rules from the umpires.
Sammey Ahmed bowled his leg spin beautifully to take 3-7 off his 4 overs.
In reply, Midlands' Majid Hussain hit a quickfire 55 but when he was out with the score on 88 it looks like they would fall well short. However, Sakil and Mustafa put together an unbroken partnership of 40 to take their team just short of the finishing line. North v South - Scorecard ECAD North took home the trophy following a convincing win over ECAD South.
Batting first again, North were propelled to 157-5 thanks to an unbeaten 92 off just 44 balls from Cameron Sweeney, hitting 5 sixes to end a run of first-ball LBWs.
Mike O'Mahony took 2-14 off his 4 overs as the South younger bowlers were no match for the big-hitting Sweeney.
South needed a good start and O'Mahony was caught and bowled off just the second ball of the innings.
Joe Fisher continued his fine form with the bat hitting 45, with support from Jim Sutton 33 not out but 158 was always going to be a tough target.
Kamran Mirza bowled well taking 3-21.
South v Midlands - Scorecard ECAD Midlands won for the first time this summer with a convincing win over a young ECAD South team.
In a match reduced to 18 overs due to previous games overrunning, South batted first and looked to be in control at 75-1.
However Mike O'Mahony was out for 40 and no-one else managed double figures as the innings cascaded to 90 all out, Ryan Bletchley taking 3-11 off just 2 overs.
In reply Sammey Ahmed and Majid Hussain knocked off most of the runs before retiring to allow others to have a bat and duly completed a 10 wicket victory with overs to spare.