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Sky are the limit for Vicky Park's chances

PUBLISHED: 15:57 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:28 05 October 2010

ISLAND Community Cricket Club slipped to a five-wicket defeat to reigning champions Sky last week in a match between last season s title rivals in the Victoria Park Community Cricket League. Island, who finished as runners-up in the league 12 months ago,

ISLAND Community Cricket Club slipped to a five-wicket defeat to reigning champions Sky last week in a match between last season's title rivals in the Victoria Park Community Cricket League.

Island, who finished as runners-up in the league 12 months ago, were also seeking to gain a measure of revenge for last month's thrilling first-round Cup defeat by Sky - when they were beaten on the very last ball of the match.

But they were soon in trouble despite winning the toss and electing to bat as Sky's Rizwan Siddiqui took two wickets and Shakeel Durrani claimed a third to leave Island on 14-3 after just 13 balls.

Tanjeem Chowdhury and Dheraj Shamoo weathered the storm before Shamoo edged behind to Sky wicket-keeper Imran Khan, who took four catches in all during the innings.

Chowdhury and Sam Dowsett put on 55 for the penultimate wicket before Dowsett fished outside off stump to Ayaz and became Imran's fourth victim.

And Island were eventually dismissed for 115 when Jack Stollery was bowled off the first ball of the last over - leaving Chowdhury stranded on 49 not out.

Sky's openers survived some anxious moments at the start of their reply as Robert Jones and Delrick Adikari both dropped catches before Safraz Ahmed holed out to Chowdhury in Dowsett's second over.

Stollery took another catch in the deep off Dammika Silva's fast off-spin to give Island a glimmer of hope, but opener Aleem Hussain went on to retire unbeaten on 50 as Sky maintained their run rate.

Siddiqui fell late on to a snorter from Dheraj Shamoo that took off both bails but left the stumps standing but it was not enough to worry Sky and Jahangir Ahmed drove his first ball for four to bring up the winning runs with almost four overs to spare.


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