Debutant Naseer Butt and seamer Farooq Mohammed sped Surrey Deaf to victory in their Thameside Sunday Cricket League game at Cobham Avorians yesterday.
Kindly hosting our home match, Avorians won the toss and decided to bat and at 44-0 off the first 8 overs what was to follow seemed out of the question.
Captain Mike O'Mahony brought himself on to bowl second change, with Farooq Mohammed at the other end and the change reaped dividends as O'Mahony trapped Avorians skipper and danger man Joel Bailey leg before wicket although from the sidelines he looked a little unlucky on height.
This started a monumental collapse as the next 8 wickets fell for just 49 runs. Neil Magdani brilliantly caught Dominic Worth off Farooq and a succession of Avorians batsmen had no answer to his pace and bounce. Another great catch, this time in the gully from Dominic Augood was followed by a brute of a delivery from Farooq and Avorians overseas player AK Tyrone could only fend it into the air to be caught behind by Dave Baker. The large forearm bruise on arrival back at the pavilion confirmed he was unlucky to be given out.
Daniel Webster helped clean up the innings with 3-6 off 4 overs but Farooq ended the star performed with 5-18 off 8 overs. The true start, however, was Surrey player Geoff Cooper who stood down from the team when he knew Farooq was coming and not due to play. Ever the team man Geoff is undoubtedly the most popular and most loved member of the squad for his eternal selflessness.
With the innings wrapped up in double-quick time tea wasn't quite ready so it was agreed that Surrey would bat 5 overs. What followed was the most brutal assualt by Naseer Butt on a young and inexperienced Avorians attack. 12 year old Alex Worth should feel very happy under the circumstances with his 0-22 off 2 overs as Surrey Deaf went to tea at 65-0 with Butt 41 not out.
After tea Butt duly completed a 50 off just 24 balls and finally holed out for 61 with just 5 runs to win. Magdani 28* and Baker 3* saw the team home with just under 28 overs of the innings remaining and reinforce their place at the top of the league table with 5 wins from 5 games.