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Island Community v New Boys

Tuesday 13 May 2008, Victoria Park
Island Community beat New Boys by 17 runs

Island Community: 159 for 4 in 16 overs
Tanjeem 50 no
Dammika 39 no
Dammika 4-0-32-2
Tanjeem 4-0-45-2

New Boys: 142 for 5 in 16 overs
Rafu 32 not out
Amin 22
Moshin 3-0-14-2
John 3-0-34-2

Island recorded their first league victory of the season in any format and any age group with a convincing victory against New Boys CC in the Victoria Park League.

Batting first, Island lost opener Delrick Akidari to the second ball of the very fist over by New Boy's Moshin, caught at deep mid-on. Despite Robert Jones and Tanjeem Chowdhury, both 18 year old veterans for ICCC who have played in the ICCC senior side since they were just 15, putting on 40 in the next 5 overs to steady the ship, two more wickets fell in successive balls with Robert (14) and Ravi (duck) bowled by John.

Island looked wobbly on 41 for 3 but Dammika joined Tanjeem and another 111 runs were added in the next 10 overs before the next wicket fell. Tanjeem retired on 50 not out off just 29 balls, and Sam Dowsett (15 yrs) put on another 11 off 9 balls before having to retire hurt. Miran joined Dammika and he was the next and only other wicket to fall, having scored 21 off just 11 balls. Dammika finished on 39 not out off 24 balls and wicketkeeper Joe Tousent (15 yrs) on 2 not out. An imposing 160 was set for new boys to win off their 16 overs.

When opening bowler and batsman Moshin was run out after some quick fielding by Sam for just 7, and excellent economical bowling from Sam's medium paced right arm swing and Miran's pace bowling, New Boys were always behid the run rate.

Wickets weren't tumbling but boundaries were hard to come by as well. The long boundary of Pitch 3 at Victoria Park and long grass (come on Tower Hamlets council ~ you can do better than that) meant New Bots were restricted to just seven 4's and no 6's, making Island's 15 boundaries from their big hitters look all the more impressive.

But it was Island's running between the wickets that was the real difference. The young side from the Isle of Dogs made singles into two and twos into threes, even running 4 off one ball that failed to cross the rope, and when Ravi dropped a high catch, it hardly mattered as New Boys were needing over 14 runs per over. A quick 22 from Amin (11 balls) and 32 not out from Rafu (20 balls) wasn't enough to catch up w ith the required rate and Dammika and Tanjeem took two wickets each to reduce New Boys to 142 for 5 at the close. Island won by 17 runs.

"This is how we can play" said stand-in captain and shared man-of-the-match Tanjeem Chowdhury, still smarting from last week's opening season defeat to Contenders CC. "I still believe we can win the league this season". "

We have a good young side who are full of enthusiasm and great runners between the wickets, which makes a huge difference in limited overs cricket" said Club Secretary Steve Hill.
Submitted by Island Community


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