Busy week for Victoria Park Community League clubs
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The first full week of the 2020 Victoria Park Community League proved to be a busy one.
Anirban, the 2018 champions when known as Millwall, began with victory over newly promoted Victoria Lounge after scoring 198-3.
Marhan Farhad hit a blistering 50, with Stefan Phillpison making 57 in reply with Lounge 47 runs short.
Troy Utz and Robin Field hit 50s as London Fields (195-3) eased past Rose & Crown (167-2) despite a consolation 50 from Sean Feeney.
But Sky left it late to beat Old Fallopians in a rematch of last year’s cup final, after brothers Bilal Qureshi (50) and Shameer (43) led the way in Old’s 166-6.
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Sky siblings Nozmul Hussain (56) and Aleem (36) shared a valiant last stand to pull victory from the jaws of defeat with two balls left.
Homerton smashed 182-0 against Bansko Bears in Division Two, with Sagar Bora and Lawrence Hutchinson hitting 50s and Sam Hickey an unbeaten 49 with three successive sixes.
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Bears lost Tom Curtis to injury in the field and fell to 8-2 before Ollie Meikle (36) retired injured.
A superb 59 from Andrew Tate and 40 from Giaco Bridget gave them hope, only to come up short on 180-4.
Masiha (135-1) eased past Mile Tailenders (134-5) in 11.4 overs as Tom Taylor blasted 50 in reply to Rich Carrington’s 50, while Wapping Dolphins were given a walkover by Camel Lights.
Syed Bukhari (50) and Mannan Rana blasted MUFG to 176-3 against Mad Marrocas and a 14-run win in Division Three, despite the efforts of Youcef Hassaine (51) and Joe Gray (38 not out). Tirth Poddar took 3-37.
Sylhet CAS smashed 183-4 against Old Fallopians 2nds on their debut, with Zakoan Chowdhury retiring out on 50 as Aminul Haque Litu hit 32.
Jack Turner replied with 50 as Fallopians made 137-3, but they bounced back to beat Phoenix All Stars, scoring 30 off the last 10 balls when chasing 154 as Turner (45) and Anthony Banks, who hit a superb 41, led the way.
Phoenix had come up short against Pacific a day earlier, scoring 154-5 in reply to their opponents 185-3.
I Don’t Like Cricket had two comfortable wins in Division Four, as Tom Gower and Rohan Hope hit unbeaten half-centuries in their 182-1 against NMCC, who replied with 128-5.
IDLC saw off newcomers De Beavour Dugongs, who hit 142-4 but saw an unbeaten 52 from Dom Harper seal victory with 2.4 overs left.
Dugongs had beaten fellow league newcomers Wednesday Night CC on their debut, hitting 165-5 after aggressive batting by Andy Scotts (36) and Angus Grant (40).
Irfaan Shaikh (50) top scored as Wednesday made 119-5.
Lynxes beat Stokey Scoundrels on their debut, after Alfie Kingsley Smith (49) and Vijay Sohia (43) led Stokey to 150-3.
Dougie Gordon hit an aggressive 51 and Charlie Stewart (29) chipped in as Lynxes never looked in too much danger.