Newport Win 2017 Macey Shield
Imran Hassan with a superb match winning 64 enabled Newport Cricket Club to win the 2017 Macey Shield, beating Panteg by 3 wickets in the Final at Fugitives.
Newport captain Matt Norris won the toss and put Panteg in to bat on a damp wicket.
With run scoring likely to be difficult, Panteg quickly put on 16 in 2 overs before
Newport got two important wickets. Firstly Michael Clayden trapped Lloyd Smith
LBW for 5 and the very next over Callum Taylor got Ian Thomas LBW for 11, as Panteg
slipped to 18-2. Ian Bird soon followed for 6, but James Reid was beginning to look
comfortable. He and Dan Wilkinson added a further 20, before the stand was broken
by young Mo Aqdas who claimed the wicket of Wilkinson for 11, with the score on
47-4 off 9. The Newport bowlers quickly established a grip on the game as Panteg
slipped to 79-6 off 16 overs, with Taylor and young Jack Wright claiming further wickets.
James Reid was the only batsman to trouble the Newport bowlers, and a late flurry of
runs in the last 2 overs saw Reid through to a very useful 43 not out and with J.Taylor
adding 17 not out at the end of the innings, the Panteg innings closed on 118-6.
Callum Taylor 2-17 and Mo Aqdas 2-18 were the main wicket takers.
Newport in reply got off to a useful start with Imran Hassan quickly showing his
attacking flair. Newport scoring 21 off just 2 overs before Olly Burland was out, quickly
followed by Mark Wallace as Newport were 34-2 off 5 overs. Michael Clayden came in
to steady the Newport innings and with Hassan looked comfortable, taking the score to
63-3 in 10 overs, before Clayden was out for 11. Hassan was batting superbly and in
total control, scoring runs to all parts and with Callum Taylor established the match
winning partnership taking the Newport score to 108-3 off 15 overs. Just as the game
was coming to a close Taylor was out for a very good 29, a flurry of wickets followed
and unbelievably Panteg were back in the game with Newport requiring 8 off the
final 2 overs. Hassan was still there however, and a four and a few singles meant it
was left to young Mo Aqdas to hit the winning runs in the final over, Newport winning
by 3 wickets with 3 balls to spare. Hassan finished on a match winning 64 not out in
just 49 balls hitting two 6’s and six 4’s.
Newport captain Matt Norris received the Shield from Nick Macey of competition
sponsors Macey Sports, who have sponsored the competition for an amazing 26 years.
Imran Hassan was named as Man of the Match with his superb innings of 64.
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