Victoria Park Cricket League: Regents beat Bengal Tigers in a thriller

Regents bowlers showed great nerve as Bengal Tigers finished just two runs short of victory in a thrilling match last week, writes Matt Diner

Regents' bowlers showed great nerve as Bengal Tigers finished just two runs short of victory in a thrilling match last week, writes Matt Diner.

Regents won the toss and made a fine start, as Mike Farmar (37) and Campbell (29) went on the attack and, at the halfway mark, were 66 without loss.

This gave Linay and Henrik Dinesen license to hit out and neither disappointed to push their side up to 141-4.

In reply, Tigers lost an early wicket as the impressive Appleby forced an edge which was well taken by captain Jake Salmon Junior.

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Andy Cox (30) and Kevin Cook (50 not out) took on the Regents attack and at the halfway mark were well ahead of the required run rate.

Cox's wicket and Cook's retirement were key and the game changed with Tigers batsman dismissed regularly.

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The game remained close and was extremely tight in the final over, with Regents showing great nerve to walk away with the win by the slimmest of margins.

"It was a really good game and although we are disappointed to lose, they were a good side and a nice bunch of chaps," Tigers skipper Cook said after the match.

"It was unfortunate that in the final over we had bowlers facing deliveries and sadly we could not get the 10 runs needed for victory."

Underachieving Tower Cavaliers picked up their first win since early June after a comfortable 80-run triumph over Wrong'uns.

Cavaliers won the toss and, after choosing to bat made a terrible start with both openers going cheaply.

They fought back however as Stuart Onslow and Abbas Rizvi smashed unbeaten 50's to lead their side to an impressive 169-3 from their 16 overs.

In reply, Wrong'uns batting failed to fire as Steve Williams ran riot with the ball claiming 3-26 from four overs.

He was well backed up by Andrew Dickson (2-19) as the opposition were dismissed for 89 with one over remaining.

Pat Heapy was once again on top form as his half-century lead Rose & Crown to a 77 run victory over Junoon.

Sean Feeney (30) and Bob Donovan (27 not out) supported Heapy, to lead their side to an intimidating 182-3 from their 16 overs.

Rose & Crown were on top form with the ball as Junoon struggled to find momentum and could only make 105-5, way short of the target.

An impressive 44 not out from Akash Khan led Tower Hamlets College to a three-wicket win over Stoke Newington, with the winning runs struck with just four balls remaining.

Stoke Newington won the toss and, batting first, made 134-6, with Tom Ashamn the top scorer with 33.

In reply, College did well to keep up with the run rate and with Ruhol Rukon (38) showing good support to Khan, ended up close victors.

East London Community put in a dominant performance to dispose of a disappointing London Fields.

Community won the toss and batting first had Altaf Haq to thank for their mammouth 197 total, with the opening batsman smashing 52 not out and while no other batsman made a major contribution, most Community players made double figures.

In reply, Fields struggled to build momentum and they fell 83 runs short of their target, with Waheed Khan the pick of the bowlers with 2-28.

Victoria Park Juniors showed great nerve with the bat to beat Victoria Lounge by four wickets with just over an over remaining.

Lounge made a decent score of 147 with James making 51 not out, while Farouk made 36, with Asad the pick of the Juniors attack with 3-30.

In reply, Jubayed Miah (51 not out) and Joe Bond (37 not out) led from the front and pushed their side to the win.

Contenders were six run victors over Sky, who blew their chance to win the game with a poor final over.

Sky needed just eight from the final four balls but fell just short to hand the unbeaten Contenders the win.

Batting first, Contenders made a good score of 169-5, with Kester Baptiste (38), Akeema Jeffers (32 not out) and Derick Campbell (24 not out) the big scorers.

Sky made a good start to their innings with brothers Aleem and Nozmul Hussain pushing their side to 89-1 by the end of the seventh over.

Their good work was carried on by Haris Ali (21 not out) as well as Imran Khan, and with 15 needed off the last two overs and four wickets in hand, looked in control.

However Contenders held their nerve and Sky lost their heads, as wild swipes instead of controlled run chasing meant a succession of dot balls, leaving 12 needed of the last over.

This was whittled down to eight off the last four but once again poor shot selection allied to even poorer running between the wickets meant that Sky had handed the game to Contenders,

Safe Skills showed great form with the bat to beat Dynamite Ducks by 35 runs.

Safe Skills batted first, with Mudassar making 47 and he was well backed up by Usman (35) and Usama (32).

In reply, Husain made 40, but the Ducks ended up well short of the target.

Fixtures: Monday: Old Ranwellians v Bengal Tigers, Victoria Lounge v Junoon, Chats Palace v Wonrg'uns. Tuesday: Victoria Park Juniors v Tower Cavaliers, Rose & Crown v Pacific, Dynamite Ducks v East London Community. Wednesday: Caledonian Conquerors v Island Community, Safe Skills v London Wanderers, London Fields v Contenders. Thursday: London Tigers v Best Nationals, Regents v Stoke Newington.

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