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Island v Chats Palace

Wednesday 28 June 2006, Victoria Park

Island won by 42 runs

Island 171 for 1 off 16 overs
Mo 51 not out (retired)
Mayank 51 not out (retired)
Namith 40 not out (off just 14 balls!)

Chats Palace 129 for 4 off 16 overs
John 50 Not out (retired)
Lawrence 37
Namith 4-0-25-3

After the match Island's Steve Hill issued the following press release:

Island Community Cricket Club’s progress was confirmed on Wednesday evening (28th June) as they recorded their highest score of the season in the Victoria Park league fixture against Chat’s Palace CC from Hackney.

With half the side under 18 yrs, Island’s youngsters were not put off by stand-in captain Alamin Haque losing his wicket for a duck in the very first over.

Indeed, that was to be the only wicket Island lost as they scored quickly on a short boundary pitch in fine conditions to put on a huge 171 off their allotted 16 overs.

Mo Rahman and Mayank Malkanboth retired not out on 51, only for Namith Moorthy to smash an incredible 40 not out off just 14 balls, ably supported by Robert Jones 7 not out.

Chat’s Palace run chase started well with their opener John scoring a quick 50 not out off 23 deliveries and keeping the run rate up above the required 11 runs per over, but his retirement saw a change in fortune for the hackney side.

Dheraj Shamoo and Namith Moorthy were brought into island’s bowling attack and conceded just 20 runs off the next 5 overs, Namith taking 3 vital wickets in the process and leaving Chat’s Palace requiring 88 off the last 6 overs.

When captain Alamin Haque’s off spin inticed opener Lawrence (37 runs) down the pitch, only for keeper Mayank to whip off the bails for another fine stumping (his 4th of the season), the required run rate had soared and the result wasn’t in doubt, as Island cruised home to an emphatic 42 run victory.

Island now qualify for the Second Division in the second phase of the Victoria Park league’s season, and coach Dheraj Shamoo has high hopes for silverware.

“It will be a real encouragement to these lads to win our first trophy for the Club, and I believe they can do it! There’s no reason we can’t win the Second Division title this season. They’re training hard and they improve very week!”

Meanwhile there’s the small matter of the knockout Cup competition with a tough fixture against local side Vallance CC.

“We don’t often have back-to-back fixtures in consecutive days so perhaps the celebratory late night curry after the Chats Palace victory last night wasn’t such a good idea for the lads!” said Club Chairman Steve Hill.

(Editor's note - it clearly wasn't - Island lost to Vallance the next evening by 52 runs)


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