Ali takes seven wickets as Crawley Eagles beat Three Bridges

Crawley Eagles V Haywards Heath - Atif Ali bowling for Eagles and taking the wicket of Ryan Brown (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140906-104849002
Crawley Eagles V Haywards Heath - Atif Ali bowling for Eagles and taking the wicket of Ryan Brown (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140906-104849002
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Crawley Eagles bowler Atif Ali was the man of the match as he bagged 7-40 to help Eagles to a welcome three-wicket victory against local rival Three Bridges at Cherry Lane.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and were well placed at 60-3 off 20 overs but a brilliant burst of fast bowling from Ali led to the collapse as Bridges ended on 134 all out in 46 overs.

Only Bridges’ New Zealand overseas player Victor Davis (36) and James Russell 35 not out managed decent contributions to the innings.

In reply, Eagles were soon in trouble at 24-3 but a steady partnership between Fallah Uddin (20) and Rehan Hassan (28) helped the hosts creep up to the target.

Captain Jibran Khan saw the team home with 20 not out as the hosts reached the target in 44 overs.

Davis was the pick of the bowlers with 3-36 of his nine overs.

This was a very welcome victory for Eagles after a tough few games, they will be looking to keep up the good form this week as they travel to Bognor Regis.

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