The inform J&K Raniji trophy batsman Ahmad Omar Banday, who is in England, slammed 173 run knock off 120 deliveries as Bury Cricket Club crushed Stretford Cricket Club by 204 runs in the match of the Greater Manchester Cricket League (GMCL) at Bury Sports Club, Radcliffe Rd, Lancashire.
The new mainstay of J&K batting, Ahmad Banday has been in England from last more than two months playing for Bury in the GMCL Division-1.
Apart from his batting, he has taken 25 wickets.
According to reports, this weekend he went into the field playing 11th match of the one-day league for his club against Stretford Cricket Club.
Opening the batting, Ahmad Banday went on to score a blazing inning of 173 runs of 120 balls for his Club. He helped his club to amass a total of 338 runs in allotted 50 overs for the loss of only four wickets. Banday top scored with 173 runs while as B Gorton remained unbeaten on 60 and MA Iqbal scored 55. Banday’s inning included 28 boundaries and one six and his strike rate was 144.
It was not all for Banday as in bowling he again contributed for his team taking two wickets as Stretford Cricket Club bundled out for 134 runs in 45.1 overs, suffering a 204 run defeat.
For his all-round performance, mainly a mammoth inning of 173 runs Banday was adjudged as man of the match.
Since arriving in England on the back of the solid Ranji trophy season for J&K, Banday has been in superb touch for the Bury Cricket Club in the Division League. In the 11 matches played, he has now scored 397 runs with the best of 173. Known for his batting, he has been able to take 22 wickets for Bury in the league. In the T20 format for his club, he has played four matches in which he has scored 119 runs with two fifty plus scores. He has also three wickets.
“Missing double ton is regrettable as you don’t get chance to score double ton in English conditions. Still I am happy that our team has been able to register a big win and I was able to contribute,” Banday said.
About his bowling, he said, “I started my career as bowler and with the time I shifted to batting and turned into a proper batsman. However, as I saw conditions helpful for bowlers. I asked for the bowl and it worked out well and rest is history”.
“I came to England to improve my game, test my skills in the testing conditions. I think I have succeeded in that I will able to give my best to J&K team this season at national level,” he said.
Banday said he is eager to rejoin J&K team and work with Irfan Pathan who has assumed the charge of J&K cricket team’s mentor cum player.
“Normally a training clinic or coaching camp doesn’t start so early for J&K cricketers. I am happy as well as spellbound to hear that all top cricketers have joined the screening camp under Irfan Pathan at cricket stadium, Srinagar. It is great thing happening in J&K cricket I will soon join rest of my teammates in the camp. It will be great experience to learn from great like Irfan Pathan,” he added.
Pertinently, Banday was J&K’s top run getter in Ranji trophy tournament with 400 plus runs to his credit.