Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Afridi shines with bat and ball for Wiltshire

BERKSHIRE had six Henley players and WILTSHIRE one. But it was the single man, Tahir Afridi, who proved the big difference between the sides as Wiltshire hammered Berkshire by nine wickets in their Unicorns Championship match at Falkland CC, Newbury, this week.

The 29-year-old all-rounder, batting at number nine, smashed 70 not out off 109 deliveries to help Wiltshire recover from 89-5 to 314 all out in their first innings. There were also several useful scores from his lower-order colleagues.

Henley paceman Tom Nugent was the pick of the home bowlers, taking 5-85 from 22 overs.

Berkshire had earlier been dismissed for 282 with Richard Morris making 104 and Henley wicketkeeper Stewart Davison 70, his highest score for the county. The pair put together a stand of 137 for the sixth wicket.

When Berkshire batted a second time, Afridi was a thorn in their side again, bowling Slough’s Waqas Hussain for a duck in his first over.

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