As England will soon be experiencing in the football World Cup: it’s not how you start it’s how you finish. As the National Village Cup progresses the big performances from players become more important and more noticeable.

The winner of the GM Performance of the Round certainly produced what is likely to be one of his more memorable career performances. Ahsan Sayed was the protagonist in Fillongley of Warwickshire’s battle with Hagley of Worcestershire. First-time entrants Hagley had looked strong in the Worcs region and continued their impressive showing by posting 279 for 7 from their 40 overs. They were helped by the Fillongley bowlers sending down 27 wides but restricted somewhat by Sayed, coming on as the sixth bowler, who bowled his allotted eight overs conceding 45 runs and claiming four wickets. One such wicket was centurion Joe Lennon, who was on 121 when he hit it back to Sayed. He also claimed the wicket of Hagley’s captain Michael Stead who had just reached 50 – his third time passing 50 in the competition this year.

Sayed’s heroics would continue in Fillongley’s chase. Needing seven an over from the off, the batsmen would have to go hard. Openers Andrew Carty and Richard Franks both started well, scoring 30 and 39 respectively. Sayed came in at No.4 and he never left. He saw his side over the finish line, finishing with 97 not out. Fillongley had won with five balls to spare.