East London Community won by 6 wickets
East London Community lost the toss and were put into field
London Tigers: 130 for 5 in 16 overs
Khaled 50 Retired
Sumon 8 not out
Shabbir 2 not out
East London Community: 131 for 1 in 15.3 overs
Iqbal 50 retired
Mohit 50 retired
An excellent game where both teams played with true cricket spirit.
Match began in gloomy conditions with clouds seem to be covering the
sun. London Tigers won the toss and decided to bat first.
ELCCC opening bowlers Syed and Maruf made a wonderful start with Syed
giving away just 9 runs in 2 overs but the surprise package for ELCCC
bowling was Maruf.
He made his intentions clear from begining, some pace bowling with
bowl moving in the air. Maruf ended up taking 3 excellent wickets and ripped
apart the top order of London Tigers.
Credit also goes to London Tigers opening batsman Khaled who showed
real resistance and went on to score 50 but apart from him there was no
other batsman who really matched the class of ELCCC bowling.
Wickets kepts coming at regular intervals and London Tigers were
restricted to 130 for the loss of 5 wickets. ELCCC's captain decided to
change the opening pair and Iqbal was given the honours to open the batting
with Altaf today.
From the first over Iqbal was scoring faster than Altaf and looked to
play with a straight bat and pulled all the short deliveries for boundries.
No bowler of London Tigers seemed to bother the opening pair and they
started scoring very freely.
ELCCC was always above the asking run rate and were never under any
pressure. Altaf, to the surprise of everyone played a loose shot and gave
his wicket away in the seventh over.
A good catch taken by Shariyar in which he injured his finger as well.
Then came Mohit to the crease to support the free flowing batting of Iqbal.
Together they made sure the run rate was always kept in control without
taking any risks and putting away all bad bowls for good runs.
With 42 runs needed of last 5 overs it was an easy task with 6 wickets
in hands and both Mohit and Iqbal made sure the runs were scored with 1.3
Iqbal scored his first 50 of the VPCCL season in 41 balls and Mohit
also scored his first fifty of VPCCL this season in 31 balls.
ELCCC dedicates this victory to the efforts of all team members and
specially to Maruf and Iqbal for today's win. This is the first win for
ELCCC in top division and hopefully many more will follow.
Submitted by Mohit Gupta of East London Community