Allan's all-round exploits sink Scholes - 12/08/14

Duncan Allan KENYAN international Duncan Allan produced a magnificent all-round display to guide Shepley to victory on Saturday.

Bowling first on a wicket with decent pace and bounce, Shepley restricted a decent Scholes batting line up to 195 on a small, fast scoring ground in the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League.

Allan produced the brilliant figures of 5 for 70 from 19 overs, claiming wickets up front and at the death.

In reply, Allan strode to the crease early batting at number three. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, yet Allan kept the scoreboard ticking along throughout the innings.

Shepley took the game to the final over, 9-wickets down, needing 19 runs for the win, but importantly Allan on strike.

Skipper Danny Glover provides a ball-by-ball summary on what happened next!

"First ball - a beautiful straight drive which was surely heading for a four, only to hit the number 11 at the other end - Dot

Second - a lofted 6 over mid off (Game on)

Third - a elegant 6 over point (we can actually win this)

Fourth - another huge six over long on (game tied, jumping for joy)

Fifth- the biggest of the lot, the game won in style with a monster six back over the bowler head. Duncan finishes on 109* (Party time)".

Glover went on to state that Allan's innings was "one of the most mature innings I have seen in a long long time. For a bloke as young as Duncan an innings of this kind takes some beating".

The Australian-born Kenyan international has been a key component in Shepley's success this season - currently sitting behind leader's Hoylandswaine in second place.

He has struck 642 runs at 37.76 to top the Shepley run charts - a strong effort given the bowler-friendly conditions this season.

Having had to step up to opening the bowling mid-way through the season, Allan has relished the role, with back-to-back 5-wicket hauls alongside  7 and 6-fors throughout the season. He has 41 wickets at 16.15 in what has been a fantastic season.


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