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Tower Ravens v Traditional Corsairs

Tuesday 10 May 2005, Victoria Park
Traditional Corsairs won by 69 runs

Traditional Corsairs 165-5 (16 overs)

Tower Ravens 96 all out (13 overs)

Ajaz Rashid of Traditional Corsairs writes:

Corsairs continue VPCCL adventure with resounding victory over Ravens

In the vast surrounds of the glorious Victoria Park, the unbeaten Traditional Corsairs took to the field with a strong (new look) team missing some regulars and making full use of the talented squad at their disposal.  This was to be a tough test for the unbeaten Corsairs versus the Tower Ravens, last years league winners who beat Sky (better known to the Corsairs as Clapton Casuals) in the final.  The Corsairs welcomed back Imi from his self-imposed 11 a side exile (the lure of 8 a side 16 over bash-bash cricket being too much to resist for a macho man), Tanveer also made a return and 2 pre-transfer deadline day signings Hitesh and Ali added a bit of mystery.  

On a bitterly cold evening, TCs stand-in skipper Vas won the toss and decided to bat.  A decision that he justified by slapping the first ball of the innings for 4, and backed up by the rest of the team.  Vas (44) and Fazal (49 not out) went on to take the sword, with some majestic and controlled hitting, to the Tower Ravens giving the TCs a solid base.   Following on from the great start Hitesh (15), Imi (15 n.o) and Aamer (15) all came in and scored quick runs, combining clean hitting with sensible running to keep the strike rotating.  The Corsairs compiled a daunting and impressive 165-5 off 16 overs.  

Tower Ravens opened the batting with Pierre and Kirk who both played well, especially Pierre who looked like the dangerman.  However, after a rather dodgy single off the first ball of the innings, both openers went on to make solid start, without ever really escaping the grip of the Corsairs opening bowlers Aamir and Naz.  

Aamir made the first breakthrough removing Kirk and ended up with 2-35 off 4 overs. However, this was not Aamir's last contribution to the game - never one to share the spotlight later in the innings when a skier was heading in his direction upon realisation that he was closest to the ball and there was no escaping, after an initial moment to assess which of the other fielders he could pass the responsibility onto, he decided catch it with his nipple - making sure that the bowler (Imi) was not going to threaten his position at the top of the Corsairs wicket takers.   

Naz (0-16 off 3 overs) with quality swing bowling from a shortened run of 2 paces and Imi, with excellent variation and hostility (2-17 off 3 overs, including putting Daryll the Ravens captain on the floor with a painful blow on the elbow) were the pick of the Corsairs bowling.  The Ravens consistently lost wickets due to tight bowling and good fielding resulting in 3 run outs.  

Despite the efforts of all the Ravens batsmen to break the shackles of the Corsairs bowling, none of them was able to put together the big innings required to challenge the Corsairs big total and they were bowled out for 96, Pierre being the pick of the Ravens batting.

The mysterious journey of the Corsairs through the world of Victoria Park mid week 8-a-side league cricket continues to be full of joy.  Special thanks to Tanveer, Hitesh and Ali for answering calls at short notice and their contributions to this success.   Once again, the game was played in excellent spirits, in keeping with the traditions of this fine art.


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