Pulborough blown away by Ifield’s Ali

Pulborough captain Rohit Jagota
Pulborough captain Rohit Jagota
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PULBOROUGH CC skipper Rohit Jagota admitted his side were undone by a one man show in defeat to Ifield on Saturday

Ifield overseas ace Raza Ali took seven wickets then hit an unbeaten half century to condemn Boro to defeat in their first match back in Division 2.

Pulborough were rushed out for 97, with Jagota their top scorer on 47. Ali’s figures of 7-40 reflected the bowler friendly conditions, although Pulborough did not have as much joy with the ball, two wickets for Amit Suman and one for Kuldeep Rawat their only successes as Ali struck eight boundaries in his 50 to see Division 2 new boys Ifield safely over the line with plenty to spare.

Jagota said: “They put us in and we would have done the same thing - but credit to their overseas, he bowled and batted well. He beat us on his own really. He bowled at the stumps and it was a tough line to play against, he did the simple things.”

Pulborough did claim early wickets but did not have enough to defend, while Jagota is looking forward to his young side getting off the mark. There have been big changes to the squad, with several senior players leaving.

“We need one or two wins then we will be alright,” he said.