One Day Competition - Hospital vs ES Blue, Presidents, Sydenham #3, 5th November 2011
On 5 November Bilal Akbar played one of the best innings for the Hospital Presidents side for many years. In the local derby against Syd Cardinals the previous week he was run out for a duck by a direct hit at the bowlers end by Kevin Congdon.
In this week’s game against East Shirley Blue he went to the wicket in the 11th over with the score 25 for 3. He then proceeded to hit 148 not out including 27 fours and two sixes (120 out of 148). His wrist work was sublime and he showed an ability to find gaps, use the pace of the ball and also hit with great power. Honourable mention should also be made of Ben Jessep (46 not out) who shared an unbeaten partnership if 134 with Bilal. Ben showed a great ability to push singles to give Bilal the strike before launching in his own right in the last overs.
241 –5 should have been an easy target to defend but Rose (82) and Nick Cottam (51) had other ideas. Easts finally fell 6 runs short, Bilal (1-26), Jim Boyd (1-33) and Siva Pulusu (0-35) being key elements in the bowling effort.