2nd away fixture in a row saw us travel to Handsworth for a clash against bottom of the league. Rain overnight had softened the wicket so we took the chance to bowl upon winning the toss (2 weeks in a row is unheard of for me) and absolutely tore through the top order as we got to drinks with them 48-5. The pitch providing some serious bounce off a good length which our bowlers tried to capitalise on. Unfortunately, as we came back after drinks there was some undeniably questionable umpiring decisions from the opposition as they realised it was going to be a short afternoon, which admittedly had us rattled for a while as we let the run rate get away from us a little bit before the key breakthrough helped us to mop up the rest of the tail. S. Lumb (3-28) once again being a threat with the new ball and A. Anwar (4-31) swinging it around corners to bowl them out for 143. S. Tahir picked up 2 wickets and a great run out from C. Shackleford took the rest of the wickets.
The reply got off to a slightly shaky start as we lost a wicket in the 2nd over but from then on it was plain sailing as C. Shackleford (33) put them to the sword with some powerful hitting at a strike rate of 106 whilst a supremely mature display from opener D. Malhi (59 not out) deservedly finished the game off with M. Shackleford (27 not out) looking comfortable as we saw off the chase with 18 overs to spare and comprehensive 8 wicket win for our 2nd win in a row.
By: Luke Marshall