Hassan scores 81 but can’t stop Eagles’ first defeat

DM1503716a.JPG Cricket, Goring (batting) v Crawley Eagles. Fazlan Nizandeen. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150525-202507008
DM1503716a.JPG Cricket, Goring (batting) v Crawley Eagles. Fazlan Nizandeen. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150525-202507008

Crawley Eagles suffered their first loss of the season when they were beaten by 39 runs at home to Chichester.

Eagles won the toss and inserted the guests who got off to a flyer with the openers smashing 70 in the first 11 overs, on a great batting track the visitors scored 229 all out with John Edwards top scoring with 62.

Bowlers Jibran Khan and Fazlan both took three-fors as they dismissed Chichester for 229.

Eagles needed a good start if they were to overhaul the total but lost early wickets and at one point were at at 157-4. Rehan Hassan was out for a brilliant 81 a welcome return to form for last year’s top run scorer.

Eagles still looked in good position to challenge but a cluster of wickets at the wrong time ended the innings at 190 all out Daniel Weigi being the successful bowler claiming 5-48.

Eagles captain Imran Suddahazai said: “It was disappointing to lose but it was good to see Rehan Hasan get some runs as he is vital player in our batting line-up.

It was disappointing to lose but it was good to see Rehan Hasan get some runs as he is vital player in our batting line-up.”

Crawley Eagles captain Imran Suddahazai

“We are still very positive and well placed as we reach the half way point of the season a big game next week away to league leaders Bognor will be a good test for us but I am confident that the team will get back to winning ways.”