Kingston’s poor batting performance led to a disappointing away defeat to City that left them all out for 93.
Marc Williams and Jamie Elliott
The home side’s Imran Qayyum produced a fine all-round display with bowling figures of 3-4 and hit the winning runs in his 41 not out.
One of KU’s only real positives came from Mustafa Kamal’s cameo knock, hitting back to back sixes to give Kingston some sort of total to defend. Qayyum made short work of the tail end and left Kingston all out for 93.
A poor start
The Cougars did manage to reduce their opponents to 13-2 early on in reply but their meagre batting total meant City sauntered to victory.
Kingston’s captain Hamza Sanik said: “I think our batting has been failing a lot recently. Overall our bowling and fielding was really good and looking good for the season ahead, it’s just we need to improve the batting. We have enough talent in the batting to come back next game and win.”
A low point in the KU innings, where the extras topped the scoreboard, was the wicket of Sanik. City’s five wicket man Shiban Saeyd bowled the KU captain through the gate for a duck, and broke the leg stump in half in doing so.
The inevitable end
In reply, Jake Lilley and Farrukh Chodhry took a quick wicket each but from there on Qayyum took control and the only thing for Kingston to cheer was a Sanik wicket as City chased down the total within 23 overs, losing just three men.