ONE MATCH FROM NORDEN’S PAST WILL BE LOOKED AT EACH WEEK. THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT A FIXTURE IN JULY 2006.
THE first T20 final staged by the CLL saw Norden take on Rochdale at Stag Park.
Norden emerged as winners, and the star of the show was professional Asif Mujtaba who scored 71 – not bad for someone who had made no secret of the fact that he was no lover of the biff bang game.
But the man of the match award went to Paul Carroll who scored 43 and took two for 25 in his four overs.
Paul had asked a young player to turn out, and that was Hameed Hassan who became the first Afghan-born amateur to play in the CLL.
Hameed claimed a wicket with his first delivery and ended a fiery spell with figures of two for 11.
Norden plundered 185 for nine, and Rochdale’s reply never really got going after opener Dom Ayres had been caught behind first ball by Nick Brierley standing 20 yards back from the wicket.
The other opener was Alcindo Holder and all sat back waiting for the anticipated explosion from the West Indian.
But he looked a little out of sorts and with only seven to his name he was bowled all ends up by Hashum Malik.
With him went Rochdale’s hopes, and they slipped to an all out 85.
There was a good diving forward catch by Shaid Bux which ended the innings of Daz Cryer for 21, and a good catch at deep square-leg by Peter Decker which saw off Neil Avery for 12.
As it happened they were the only Rochdale players to get into double figures.
Norden had earlier scored 11 in their first over before Hashum Malik tried to hit a Lee Milner delivery out of the ground and was comfortably caught by Holder.
Carroll and Mujtaba pushed the score along to 81 before the former was bowled by Steve Oddy.
By the time Mujtaba offered a catch which was accepted by Mohammed the home total was in the 160s.
The professional had been given good support by Nick Brierley who hit 22 before being stumped by Craig Dawson.
Wickets fell cheaply in Norden’s late push for runs and Holder managed to pick up five for 31 in his four.