Victoria Park Cricket League: Chats Palace beat determined Martians

Chats Palace showed great determination on Tuesday night to beat Martians by five wickets, despite at times fielding with only five men

Chats Palace showed great determination on Tuesday night to beat Martians by five wickets, despite at times fielding with only five men.

Palace won the toss and chose to field first, as Martians registered 135-2 from their 16 overs.

In reply Chats were excellent, as Gary Horsman 46 not out and Salman Querishi 47 not out, led Palace to victory, while Goss took 1-27 for Martians.

Victoria Lounge showed great resolve to beat Old Ranwellians by 15 runs.

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Batting first, the Lounge's thoroughbred top order made a lightning reassessment of the slow pitch and outfield and, for the most part, reconnected with their inner nurdlers.

The tactics paid off in spades as the total rose towards three figures, notably including an all-run four.

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Successive partnerships displayed enough stickability to bug the fielding side, who finally wrapped up the innings at 107 with five balls to spare, as Ed Greening claimed 3-23.

Ranwellians seemed favourites to overhaul their target with ease, but wickets fell regularly, with James Eaton (35) the only batsman to cause Lounge any real problems.

Rose & Crown were too strong for Regents winning by 75 runs thanks to a superb all-round display by Pat Heapy.

Rose & Crown (pictured left) chose to bat and scored quickly from the start, aided by the extras column. Sean Feeney struck 38, while Heaphy consolidated the innings ending 34 not out.

Heapy then capped an impressive all-round performance with the ball finishing with 5-14, with Mortimer (31), showing some resistance as his side could only make 71-7.

On Wednesday, Safe Skills were too strong for Victoria Park Juniors winning by 30 runs.

Skills made 117-7 in 16 overs, while in reply Juniors limped to 87-7 in 11 overs.

Wrong'uns showed great resolve with the ball as they beat Tower Hamlets College by 13 runs.

After posting 123-4 from 14 overs, Wrong'uns bowled with good discipline to restrict their opponents to 110-6.

In a low-scoring affair, Tower Cavaliers had just enough runs on the board to beat Stoke Newington.

Cavaliers set their opponents 95 to win, after Paul Johnson (30) and Ken Marshall (18) gave their bowlers some hope.

And they didn't disappoint, as S Williams (2-16) helped keep Stoke Newington to just 79-6 from 14 overs.

Pacific ran riot on Thursday as they thrashed Best Nationals by 77 runs at Wray Crescent, in the first match to be played away from Victoria Park in eight years.

Darren Tempany was in superb form as he smashed 50 off 19 balls and after he retired, pacific's innings lost its impetus, going from 60-0 to 90-4.

Pacific recovered to 147, while Best Nationals skipper Dan Williams took 2-26 from four overs.

In reply, the Pacific seamers gave little away. Sheldon Greenland took 1-7 off three overs, James Gleadow bowled a maiden and Lucius Faisal completed his three overs for just 13, while left arm chinaman Aroon Korgoankar lead the wicket-takers with three scalps.

Best Nationals' batting never looked likely to threaten despite a smattering of boundaries and Tempany donating a dozen wides as Pacific's concentration wavered as the match petered to a close.

Alistair Chisolm was top scorer coming in at number four and made 21 not out, but the target was never under threat.

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