Island on cloud nine after victory over Sky
Island Community made a stunning start to the Victoria Park Cricket League's Super Six phase with a shock defeat of five-time champions Sky
By JONATHAN CLEGG
Island Community made a stunning start to the Victoria Park Cricket League's Super Six phase with a shock defeat of five-time champions Sky.
In a low-scoring Division One clash, the Isle of Dogs outfit recorded their first victory over Sky as John Hind knocked off the winning runs with just two balls to spare.
The outcome was only a third reversal in 19 league matches for Sky and has raised hopes of a possible rematch between the sides in the last four of the Victoria Park Community Cup.
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Island secretary Steve Hill said: "What a thriller. [It was] a great game played in good spirits between two sides with great mutual respect.
"If we beat The Ducks next week, we could be facing Sky again in the cup semi-finals - bring it on."
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Despite a strong opening stand between Aleem Hussain (39) and Sarfraz Ahmed (25), Sky slumped to 105 all out as Island skipper Tanjeem Chowdhury's spell of four for 24 proved decisive.
Sky hit back as Hassan Mohammed dismissed Chowdhury and fellow opener Kirk Flemming in the same over, but a third-wicket stand of 63 between Robert Jones (30) and Dheraj Shamoo (28) put Island back in control before Hind and Dammika Silva guided the Isle of Dogs side home.
Sky's defeat has seen The Ducks emerge as title favourites after maintaining their 100 per cent record with a four-wicket triumph over East London Community.
Despite winning the toss and batting first, East London batsmen Shakeel Ahmed (25), Ray Damaze (22) and Altaf Bhat (19) failed to build on promising starts as Ducks all-rounder Ahmed Farooq took four for 18.
Chasing a total of 114, the Ducks raced home with six overs to spare after a blistering stand between Farooq (36 not out) and Sibet Hussain (34 not out), who finished the match with a huge six.
London Tigers wasted a chance to join the Ducks at the top of Division One after their unbeaten record was brought to an end in a two-wicket defeat by Caledonian Conquerors.
Tigers appeared on course for a huge total following fine knocks by Ruhel Ahmed (42), Shahriai Mahmud (33) and Saiful Khan (25), but Mohammed Nadeem returned figures of three for 20, including a devastating death over of two wickets for two runs, to restrict the total to 143 for six.
An opening stand of 78 between Nadeem (50 not out) and Anser Mahmood (38) put Conquerors in charge, while a useful innings from Amir Khan (20) allowed Mohammed Shakoor to see Caledonian to victory with four balls remaining.
London Fields' three-wicket triumph over Pacific was the only positive result in Division Two as rain forced the abandonment of the other two clashes.
Darren Tempany (53) and Justin Roy (22) helped Pacific make a positive start, but Will Isaac inspired a dramatic collapse with a spell of four wickets for just two runs to return figures of four for 21 as Pacific slumped to 115 for six.
Karl Lacis anchored the London Fields reply with a fine 39 and despite Dave Morahan's three-wicket haul, Isaac (12 not out) and Dave Miller (26 not out) secured a Fields win with four overs to spare.
Bengal Tigers climbed to the top of Division Three as a fine all-round display from Kevin Cook inspired a 15-run win over Old Fallopians.
Cook made a useful 30 with the bat while fellow Tigers batsmen Andrew Cox (51 not out) and Tim George (45 not out) also produced fine innings to bring up a total of 150 for four.
And Cook took two for 30 in reply as Peter Frisby (27) and Angus Dawson (26 not out) were unable to save Fallopians from defeat.
Tower Cavaliers are also unbeaten in Division Three after unbeaten half-centuries from Ken Marshall and Steve Williams secured a 64-run win over Wrong'uns.
Chasing Cavaliers' total of 175 for two, Rich Gaffin struck a magnificent 75 but was unable to prevent a heavy defeat as Wrong'uns slumped to 113 all out.
A crucial second-wicket stand of 64 between Pat Heaphy (51 not out) and Paul Feeney (34) helped Rose and Crown record a 16-run win over Victoria Park Juniors.
In reply to Rose and Crown's total of 142 for two, Joe Fisher smashed an unbeaten 69 but John Mortimer's three-wicket haul ensured Juniors were always behind the run-rate.
Old Ranwellians made a winning start in Division Four with a four-wicket triumph over Tufnell Parkians.
James Harper (32) was the only batsman to offer any resistance as Parkians were skittled for 83, while Terry Ford's unbeaten 22 saw Ranwellians home with ease.
Graham Hall's three-wicket haul was unable to save Martians from a 10-run defeat as Chats Palace collected a first league win of the season.