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Hassan Is Maz-terful

He kicked off with 82 on Saturday against Churt as Ks clocked up their second successive league win.

He then stepped up a gear in the Surrey County League Cup clash at Effingham on Monday to help book the club a place in the last eight with a brilliant 121 not out.

It took his tally in his last four knocks to a staggering 443 runs - including three centuries - in a thrilling reminder of the sort of form that took him to the top of the league averages last season.

At Churt in the league clash, Hassan made sure he won his duel with the home team's Dave Thomas, who has been on Hampshires' books, by taking his wicket and then seeing off an impressive opening spell.

Ks exerted their stranglehold through Habib Ullah and Ashiq. Ullah turned in his best performance of the season with 5 for 44 in 19 overs and Ashiq chipped in with 2 for 43.

The home side could only muster 173 for 8 declared.

Ks were soon on the back foot when they batted with a lively opening by Thomas getting rid of the two openers with just 11 on the board. That bought Hassan and Zaheer Ansari together and they steadied the innings and set about seeing off Thomas.

Once that was acheived there was only going to be one winner, and Ks eventually cruised home with 17 overs in hand thanks to Hassan and Razah Ansah, who hit 45 not out.

In the cup game on Monday Ks had decided to go against normal league policy and bat first if they won the toss, but hosts Effingham called correctly and asked Ks to have first knock. Jamie Parkinson's 32 was probably his most assured knock for the first team, and a stand of 56 for the first wicket with Mo Aslam (26) was the perfect platform for Hassan to take control yet again.

He helped Ks add 86 in the last 10 overs to score 236 for 7 in their 45 overs. The home team were bowled out for 133 in 40 overs, with Hassan taking four wickets. Ks are now through to the last eight, by far their best performance in the competition, and now face Lloyd's Register.



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