Bardsey eye momentum shift

hsb  Umer Yaqoob batting for Bardsey against Knaresborough.  (130713M2c)

hsb Umer Yaqoob batting for Bardsey against Knaresborough. (130713M2c)

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Bardsey captain Sameer Manjrekar believes Saturday’s much-needed victory at high flyers Knaresborough will kick-start a turn in fortunes.

Second-bottom Bardsey took 10 wickets for 57 runs as they skittled ‘Boro for 96 to win by 55 runs.

Umer Yaqoob was the chief destroyer as he claimed eight scalps with a classic exhibition of seam bowling.

The win was only Bardsey’s second of the summer and it moved them within five points of getting out of the drop zone.

And Manjrekar wants the victory to send a message to the league that his side won’t go down without a fight.

“With the way we performed everybody in the team can take confidence,” he said.

“We can restrict any team to a low score and we can defend any total.

“We have struggled this season. We have a few new faces and it’s been a case of finding out where everyone should bat.

“But we played like champions.”

Manjrekar experimented with his batting order after being asked to bat by the home side as the squad’s experienced members occupied the top order.But the switch-up failed and wickets fell steadily to rumble Bardsey for 151, Yaqoob topscoring with 26.

‘Boro looked in complete control at 39-0 until Yaqoob produced the majestic spell to take 8-36.

Manjrekar said: “It was brilliant.

“I was talking with the umpires afterwards and they said it was the best spell of pace bowling they had seen all season.

“The best thing about the spell was his consistent line and length. The ball was nipping back off the seam. Nearly all the wickets were bowled.”

Spinner Shahid Tanvir also claimed two wickets and the skipper highlighted his role in tying up one end.

Bardsey host fellow strugglers North Leeds on Saturday and Manjrekar is wary of a repeat of the 42-run defeat suffered earlier in the season.

North Leeds were struggling at 116-7 before a late rally helped to reach 238 all out.

Manjrekar added: “Everyone will remember that.

“This game will help materialise the momentum. Beating Knaresborough was good but we want to prove it wasn’t a one-off.

“We are not thinking about who the opposition is, it is that feeling of self-confidence we can beat the opposing team.”