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Juniors off the mark with Fallopians win

PUBLISHED: 17:37 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:23 05 October 2010

Mehdi Abbas hits out for Victoria Park Juniors

Mehdi Abbas hits out for Victoria Park Juniors

Victoria Park Juniors have got off the mark in the Victoria Park Community League after recording a first win of the season over fellow strugglers Old Fallopians

By JONATHAN CLEGG

Victoria Park Juniors have got off the mark in the Victoria Park Community League after recording a first win of the season with a 46-run triumph over fellow strugglers Old Fallopians.

Both sides had lost their opening two matches but half-centuries by Juniors duo Mehdi Abbas and Charlie Challinor helped Victoria Park record their highest score of the campaign as Jim Thornhill's unbeaten 52 proved unable to save Old Fallopians from a third straight defeat.

Juniors took control with a dominant opening stand between Challinor (50 not out) and Khalid Ahmed (43), while Abbas's blistering 55 pushed Victoria Park's total to 186 for two.

Old Fallopians briefly raised hopes of a maiden win with a fine third-wicket stand between AK Southey (34) and Thornhill, but a clinical spell of death bowling from Joe Laurie saw Juniors hold on to record an opening victory.

Caledonian Conquerors recorded the highest score of the current campaign after smashing 213 for one in a one-sided win over Chats Palace.

Trevor Sempert, Amir Khan and Mohammed Fazal all posted half-centuries in Conquerors' huge total.

Peter Hatting's impressive 59 not out in Palace's reply could not prevent Conquerors from cruising to a 120-run triumph.

The Ducks collected a third straight win with an 87-run defeat of London Fields as Ahmad Farooq's quick-fire 43 brought up a total of 153 all out.

Wickets fell regularly in Fields' reply as Ducks cruised to an 87-run victory, with Zubair Mohammed (three for six) the pick of the bowlers.

Howie Shearing and Rob Morgan both made unbeaten fifties as London Wanderers recorded an 84-run win over Victoria Lounge.

Batting first, Wanderers made 197 for two and a tight opening spell from Riv Monsell (two for 14) ensured Lounge were always in trouble, despite Jim Crutcher's classy knock of 51 not out.

An inspired all-round display by Ajmal Afzal helped Tower Ravens return to winning ways with a 90-run defeat of Rose and Crown.

Ravens were in early trouble after slumping to 13 for two, but Afzal's 47 helped rebuild the innings as Ravens closed on 153 for six.

Afzal and Dennis Fanus then returned identical figures of two for 23 as Ravens romped to a fine win.

Sky inflicted a first defeat of the season on fellow title hopefuls East London Community.

Replying to East London's total of 148 for four, Sky raced to 50 inside six overs and Nozmul Hussain's unbeaten 50 left them 19 runs behind with three overs left.

A tight penultimate over meant 10 were needed from the final six balls, but Aleem Hussain (34 not out) struck the first two balls for fours as Sky won with three balls to spare.

Island Community were also involved in a tight finish as they overcame league newcomers Wrong'uns in a match that went to the final ball.

Despite useful contributions from Mo Rahman (21) and Rob Jones (15), Island were bowled out for just 96 and Wrong'uns looked on course for a first league win until Island spinners Jones and Tanjeem Chowdhury (two for 10) put the brakes on their reply.

With Wrong'uns needing 12 to win off the final over, Island were in deep trouble when the first two balls produced boundaries.

But Dheraj Shamoo (two for 29) struck with his next two deliveries and with four required from the final two balls, some smart wicketkeeping from Joe Tousent restricted Wrong'uns to two byes as Island held on.

Fellow newcomers Old Ranwellians also suffered an agonising defeat as Tower Cavaliers prevailed by one wicket in an exciting contest.

A second-wicket partnership of 61 between Ed Greening (36 not out) and James Eaton (29) helped Old Ranwellians to a total of 118 for five.

Cavaliers' reply faltered when Greening removed Cain Duncan for a golden duck, but with Ranwellians needing one wicket for victory, Andrew Dickson (22 not out) and last-man Paul Rainbow helped Cavaliers home.

Unbeaten knocks from P Kularatne (50 not out) and Rob Bastin (39 not out) helped Pacific to a seven-wicket defeat of Martians.

Martians were held to 99 for two, while Pacific reached the target with five overs to spare.

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