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Back to 2009 fixtures  

East London Community v London Tigers

Wednesday 22 July 2009, Victoria Park
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
Russel 13
Khan 6
Shariyar 0
Sayful 28
Marcus 0
Sumon 8 not out
Shabbir 2 not out
Sayful 3.3-20-0
Shariyar 3-36-0
Sayful(2) 4-37-1
Shumon 2-17-0
Shabbir 2-19-0

East London Community: 131 for 1 in 15.3 overs
Iqbal 50 retired
Mohit 50 retired
Altaf 16
Syed 2-9-0
Maruf 4-25-3
Iqbal 1-7-0
Mo 4-34-1
Altaf 3-24-0
Granville 2-15-0

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 overs left.

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


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