IT was a real family affair in this top-of-the-table clash in the Samuel Cooke Burnley and District League Division One.

Brothers Talat Darr and Abdul Waheed led the teams into battle while Darr's son Amad Hassan and other sibling Abdul Hafeez also lined up in the Al Badr side.

So you'd be forgiven for thinking that the hero of the day would have come from that family connection -- but it turned out to be Stoneyholme's Junaid Sabir who was the match winner.

Junaid, famous for talking a good game, showed how much he has improved in recent seasons with an intelligent batting display to hit an unbeaten and decisive 25.

He also showed his fielding skills with a wonderful direct hit to run out the dangerous Irfan Mirza.

Batting first, Al Badr hit problems from the second over when Babar Khan and Abdul Hafeez were both dismissed by Kasar Khan.

They appeared to be in real trouble in the fifth over when Shazad Khan was bowled by Nasir Khan to leave them struggling on 14-3. Irfan Mirza came in and help steady the ship -- although he played more of a supporting role to opener Arshad Mohammed who was beginning to get his eye in.

The pair put together a 25 run partnership before Mirza was run out in spectacular fashion when Junaid's deadly throw sent the stumps flying.

The hard-hitting Asif Sadiq made sure Al Badr kept up their momentum and when Mohammed was finely dismissed by Darr for 39, the leaders had recovered to 96-5 with a 150 total a distinct possibility.

But Sher Khan got rid of the dangerous Sadiq for 31 and Wajid Ali and struck again in his next over to dismiss Faisal Mahmood.

Stoneyholme suffered the worse possible start when openers Kaser Khan and Butt ran into each other and Khan was run out for just one run. It got worse when Butt followed in the next over, cleaned bowled by Faheed for a duck.

With no Stoneyholme batsmen looking likely to make a big knock Abdul Hafeez struck in consecutive overs to leave them on 32-4 and with the match even poised.

But Alam Khan did what Asif Sadiq had done in the first innings and he hit six fours in a quick fire knock of 33 to put Stoneyholme in control.

Junaid and Azamad Nawal put together an unbeaten stand of 32 to seal victory.

Stoneyholme 122-7 beat Al Badr 121 all out


B Khan c Darr b K Khan...5

A Mohammed b Darr...39

A Hafeez lbw b K Khan...0

S Khan b N Khan...3

I Mirza run out...11

A Sadiq c Azmat b S Khan...31

W Ali v S Khan...4

A Waheed b Butt...7

F Mahmood b S Khan...3

A Hassan c S Khan b Butt...2

Faheed not out...0


Total (all out)...121

Bowling: N Khan 6-0-22-1; K Khan 6-0-12-2; A Nawal 6-1-25-0; T Darr 6-0-33-1; S Khan 2-0-8-3; S Butt 2-1-10-2


K Khan run out...1

S Butt b Faheed...0

S Khan b Hafeez...4

M Ammir c Ali b Hafeez...14

A Khan b Mirza...33

N Khan c Sadiq b S Khan...8

T Darr b S Khan...3

J Sabir not out...25

A Nawal not out...10


Total (7 wkts)...122

Bowling: A Sadiq 6-1-9-0; Faheed 6-1-20-1; A Hafeez 6-1-32-2; S Khan 6-0-36-2; I Mirza 2-0-9-1