BACK IN HISTORY: Ace hits top tally

World squash ace, Jahangir Khan swings the ball towards the leg-side boundary while topscoring for Just Sport Stumpers with 28 against RFMF in the friendly 30-over match at Albert Park yesterday. But Jahangir could not halt the side going down to RFMF by 16 runs. Picture: FT FILE

World squash king Jahangir Khan top scored for Just Sports Stumpers with a stylish 28 but could not stop his side going down to RFMF by 16 runs in a 30-over friendly cricket match at Albert Park.

An article in The Fiji Times on February 1, 1985, said the squash ace proved he was no slouch with the bat, carving 28 glorious runs off the RFMF bowlers that included two boundaries.

The elegance of one of his cover drives that ran sweetly to the boundary would have had the great Viv Richards in envy.

Just Sports Stumpers skipper Pramil Masih won the toss and sent the opposition in to bat. Just Sport opening bowler, Ved Prasad struck the first blow having former Fiji rep Joeli Mateyawa caught in slips with no runs on the board.

RFMF slumped to 3/10 but recovered, thanks to Vosa Vatu (49) and Savenaca Dranidalo (48) to be all out for a healthy 143 in 27.3 overs.

Jahangir also opened the bowling for Just Sports sending down some pretty brisk deliveries and returned 1/25 of six overs while cousin cum-coach Rahmat Khan took 1/15 with some tidy off spin. Prasad was the most damaging bowler with the fine figures of 3/21.

Just Sport who had to score at 4.8 runs and over, got off to a steady start with openers Jahangir (28) and Masih (19) piling up 35 runs for the opening partnership.

Both were run out and worse was to follow with two middle-order batsman, Deepak Amratlal and hard-hitting Vijay Krishnan, also running themselves out. Rahmat failed with the bat scoring only two, Prasad held up the latter side of the batting with a solid 20 only to see Just Sports bundled out in 29.1 overs for 127 — 17 runs short of victory.

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