Island suffer title setback after mauling by Tigers
PUBLISHED: 18:52 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:22 05 October 2010
Island Community CC have suffered an early setback to their Victoria Park Community League title hopes
By JONATHAN CLEGG
Island Community CC have suffered an early setback to their Victoria Park Community League title hopes after a damaging loss to championship rivals London Tigers.
The Isle of Dogs side, who are bidding to improve on back-to-back top-three finishes in Division One, fell to a 22-run defeat against the Tigers, who have also emerged as genuine championship contenders after winning their opening three matches.
Island now face an uphill battle to qualify for Division One in the Super Six stage, with in-form Masiha also boasting a 100 per cent record in the Green League qualifying group.
Island made a positive start to the encounter as Kirk Flemming dismissed both Tigers openers cheaply on his way to an impressive return of two for 27.
Yet a crucial third-wicket partnership of 75 between Shumon Ahmed (48) and Saiful Khan (47) allowed Tigers to regain the initiative, and stand-in captain Shahriar Mahmud smashed 18 off the final over to push his side's total to 146 for four.
Island made a disastrous start in their reply as Gulam Sowar struck with the second ball of the innings, and though Robert Jones' unbeaten 52 kept the Isle of Dogs side in contention, his departure saw Island fall behind the run-rate as Tigers held on to claim a major scalp in their maiden season.
Sky underlined their own title ambitions with an emphatic 130-run demolition of newcomers Old Ranwellians in their opening match of the campaign.
Sarfraz Ahmed notched an unbeaten half-century and Javed Soomro made 46 not out in a dominant second-wicket partnership as Sky recorded an imposing total of 171 for three.
Rizwan Siddiqui then inspired a ruthless display with the ball, taking four for 12 as Old Ranwellians slumped to 41 all out, handing Sky an emphatic triumph.
In a high-scoring clash between two other title contenders, East London Community maintained their unbeaten record with a five-wicket win over Tower Ravens.
Ravens had made a useful total of 134 for one from their 16 overs, but powerful hitting from Shakeel Ahmed (50 not out) and Syed Habib (37 not out) allowed East London to reach the target with 10 balls to spare.
London Fields also remain undefeated after successful knocks from Jason Lord (52 not out) and Dave Lane (37) inspired a 16-run win over Chats Palace.
Troy Utz took two for 18 as Palace were held to 161 for five, despite fine displays from Peter Hatting (53 not out), Sam Hickey (38) and Gary Horsman (36).
Masiha also recorded a second straight win following a 70-run victory over league debutants Tufnell Parkians.
An all-action second-wicket stand between Raheel Shazad (50 not out) and Ahmed Shaffi (42) allowed Masiha to declare on 143 for five off 13 overs, while Dominic Stabb's 26 not out was unable to prevent Tufnell from slipping to 78 all out as Adnan Khan took three for 15.
Pacific recorded the highest score of the week in a 77-run win over Wrong'uns as Jon Webley's unbeaten 51 anchored a huge total of 188 for five, while The Ducks had man-of-the-match Kasim Hussain to thank for a nine-run defeat of Victoria Lounge.
Sibbet Hussain also blasted 51 not out as Ducks made 133 for two, before promising youngster Kasim Hussain's prowess in the field helped restrict Lounge to 124 for four.
Tim Standley returned figures of three for 26 and Dave Monaghan took one for 12 as Rose and Crown beat Contenders by 77 runs.
Paul Feeney (42) and Patrick Heaphy (36 not out) helped Rose and Crown reach 146 for five, and despite Layton Worgh's impressive knock of 30, Contenders were skittled for 69 all out in reply.
Caledonian Conquerors cruised to a four-wicket win over Old Fallopians after devastating spells from Waqar Ali and Saj Rehman.
Ali took two for nine and Rehman claimed three for seven in just 10 balls as Old Fallopians crashed to 61 all out. Amir Khan's unbeaten 21 helped Conquerors reach the target with more than four overs to spare.
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