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Back to 2009 fixtures  

Cup 1st round:
Island Community v London Fields

Wednesday 24 June 2009, Victoria Park
Island Community won by 5 wickets

Island Community lost the toss and were put into field

London Fields: 124 for 7 in 15.3 overs
R Friend 23
Killian Lacis 22
T Utz 20
Paul Teasdale 18
Tanjeem Chowdhury 4-0-27-4

Island Community: 126 for 2 in 10.5 overs
Tanjeem Chowdhury 50 n.o. RET (28 balls)
Kirk Fleming 39 (21 balls)
Rob Jones 22 (11 balls)

History was made on Victoria Park Pitch 2 tonight as Island broke their duck and won their FIRST EVER VPCCL Cup game in 5 years of trying.

They avoided another first round exit by demolishing their Saturday league fellow champions from 2008, London Fields CC, with a very convincing display.

Fields won the toss and elected to bat first. A good opening stand between Paul Teasdale (18) and R Friend (23) saw off the opening pace attack but the partnership was broken by a run out after a great throw by Miran Tousif from the deep and fantastic action by young Island keeper Joe Tousent to remove Friend.

Teasdale soon followed, caught and bowled by Tanjeem Chowdhury, after he skied an off break back to the bowler. Karl Lacis and T. Utz both continued the momentum for Fields as they were scoring over 8 runs per over, surviving a dropped catch at deep mid-on by Island's late stand-in Steve Hill who replaced Dammika Silva, out with chicken pox.

But more top keeping from Tousent saw Utz stumped off Kirk Fleming's spin and when Miran held onto a great catch in the deep off Tanjeem to dismiss Lacis, the slide began.

Tanjeem took another two wickets to finish with 4 for 27 and opening pace bowler Miran returned to take the final wicket with a great yorker in the last over, leaving Fields on 124 all out off 15.3 of their allocated 16 overs.

A defendable target in the Victoria Park format normally, but not against an in-form Island team who have recorded 11 straight victories in all competitions recently.

Island's reply started with 12 off each of Tyrone Graham's first two overs, and 13 and 15 off Karl Lacis's first two overs. When the fifth over of the innings went for another 8 runs, it turned out to be only one of three overs in the entire innings that went for less than 11 runs, all Fields bowlers being hit around the park by openers Kirk Fleming (39) and Tanjeem Chowdhury.

The opening stand of 95 in just 7.3 overs gave Island a strong base that continued with Tanjeem going on to retire on 50 off just 28 balls and Rob Jones chipping in with a quick 22 off just 11 balls.

It was in the 11th over out of 16 that Miran hit the winning boundary to give Island a convincing victory, finishing on 126 for 2 off 10.5 overs. The young Island lads celebrated enthusiastically as this was a special victory after four previous first round Cup exits.

They go on to meet London Wanderers in the second round next week.

Submitted by Steve Hill of Island Community


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