Prithvi Shaw hit a rapid 30 ball half century and Hassan Azad scored a century to give the 2XI a comfortable win over London Schools’ Cricket Association.
Northamptonshire 2XI won the toss and elected to bat at Dunstable Town Cricket Club with Shaw and Hassan Azad opening up for the hosts.
Prithvi rapidly came out the blocks, clipping the first ball of the innings away to the leg side boundary for four.
The Indian International wasted no time in adjusting to English conditions as he motored away to a 30 ball half century with a huge six on the leg side. Prithvi eventually fell for 65 in the 12th over after hitting seven 4s and three 6s and Northamptonshire 2XI were 91-1.
Hassan Azad and Rohan Mehmi continued the momentum that Shaw provided and put on a fluent 54 run partnership before Mehmi fell to Archie Fairfax-Ross for 24.
Azad was still at the crease and the left hander reached his fifty in the 24th over, off 71 deliveries with five boundaries.
Reifer was in at four but fell quickly two overs later as Fairfax-Ross claimed his second, trapping the batsman LBW.
At the halfway stage of the innings, the 2XI found themselves 154/3 with Azad on 52 and Gus Miller new to the crease on one. Miller and Azad raised the run rate, hitting a 45 run partnership in nearly as many balls. Miller was caught however in the 33rd over, falling for 17.
Hassan Azad elegantly reached his century with a boundary in the 43rd over, with the opener’s hundred coming off 123 balls, striking ten 4s on the way. Azad continued his fine ball striking but fell for 113 in the 45th over and the 2XI finished on 305 all out in the final over.
In defense of their total, Gus Miller started strongly, forcing an outside edge from Attenborough four balls in to give Arush Buchake a simple catch behind the stumps.
Miller picked up his second four overs later, this time forcing an edge from Louie Shaw and Buchake took a good catch down to his right hand to leave London Schools 26-2.
Ben Fletcher struck with the penultimate ball of the next over as he claimed is first wicket and Arush Buchake claimed his third catch of the innings. The 2XI continued their strong start as Miller picked up his third, removing Fairfax-Ross in the 9th over after he found a top edge to give Hassan Azad a simple catch.
Harry Broderick and Jacobs helped London Schools recover from 54-4 as the pair put on a resolute 50 partnership to bring up London Schools’ 100 in 20 overs.