Iqbal’s inspiring display helps Whiteleas to victory

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Whiteleas and Harton CC registered their third win of the campaign in a remarkable clash with Seaham Park.

Upon winning the toss, skipper Andrew Potts asked Park to bat whereby Bilawal Iqbal (2-56) gave them a perfect start by removing opener Stephenson without scoring in the third over.

Andrew Davies then followed up with the prize wicket of the dangerous Adrian Headley, to leave the visitors on 18-2.

However, Seaham’s prolific overseas star Singh (50) steadied the ship and a century by Neil Young helped to post a massive 252-5 before declaring in the 45th.

Leas’ reply got off to the worst possible start when they lost openers Alan Beadle and Scott Oliver cheaply, shortly followed by Nathan Ullah, leaving them floundering at 43-3.

Some solid batting by Ray McRae (37) helped Leas consolidate, but once again, overseas player Iqbal was the star of the show. Reaching his 50 in the 33rd over and a draw looking most likely, the Pakistani all-rounder then displayed an incredible range of shots.

Supported by the excellent Hafiz Aleem (41no), Iqbal registered 17 fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 134 to see his side home with two overs to spare, earning an outstanding 22 points for his side.

There was also a excellent victory for the Second XI after they beat Seaham Park convincingly.

Batting first, Leas totalled 185-9 declared thanks to Rash Amin (44) and and 35 from Sonu Pathak.

Seaham struggled with the excellent opening bowling attack of Nav Singh (4-44) and David Johnson (5-55), as they were all out for 103.