Uzair Amjaid’s impressive haul not enough to give Highgate win

Highgate's young bowler Uzair Amjaid in the field (pic: Aurangzeb Amjaid).

Highgate's young bowler Uzair Amjaid in the field (pic: Aurangzeb Amjaid). - Credit: Archant

The young spin bowler claimed eight wickets against Teddington and played a big part in a run-out

Highgate’s Uzair Amjaid had a match to remember after he took 8-37 from 19 overs and was also involved in a run-out during Saturday’s Middlesex County League Premier Division fixture at home to Teddington.

The 19-year-old, who moved to the club in the summer from High Wycombe, continued his stunning season with a fine display at the weekend.

But it wasn’t enough to give Highgate a much-needed win as Teddington managed to hold firm and end on 174-9.

“Saturday was a good result for the team, although we were disappointed not to seal the game by removing the final wicket,” said de Silva.

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“Teddington looked to start positively chasing 298 to win, but were soon restricted by accurate and testing bowling from both Malik Shahid Sadiq (0-43) and Amjaid.

“Amjaid bowled with impressive control and as if eight wickets weren’t enough, he also contributed to the run out for their ninth wicket.

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“However, credit must go to Teddington captain Nick Pryde, who carried his bat for an unbeaten 103 off 189 balls.

“Even though we gave him a few chances, the concentration demonstrated was excellent and the reason we didn’t walk away with all 12 points.”

Muz Ali’s side were able to secure a ‘winning draw’ and take five points from the game, however, after scoring 297-9 with the bat first up.

Liam Knight’s 72 set the platform for a big score and Philip Knott (52) and Craig Gourlay (62) both passed fifty to help Highgate get close to a total of 300.

Unfortunately it couldn’t earn them a 10-point victory, but they have now gone ahead of Teddington in the table and are out of the bottom two.

Highgate’s de Silva added: “Once again we got off to a promising start with Jake Sharland (18) and Hasnain Ali (28) providing a platform.

“We moved into lunch in a strong position with overseas Liam and Muz at the crease, and built on this in the lead up to tea.

“The key contributors were Liam’s 72, 62 from Craig Gourlay and Knott’s 51. This was a really pleasing batting performance and it was good to get a large score on the board.”

It wasn’t enough to give Highgate a second victory of the season, but they were content enough come the conclusion of the game, de Silva added: “Once again I must thank our Match Day Sponsorship Partner this week, Rob Gillham of Solert.”

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