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Season 2019 preview

By George Watson

 

Plans are already in full swing for the new Victoria Park Community Cricket League season, after a hugely successful 2018, which saw Arif Ahmed's Millwall crowned champions for the first time and their nearest rivals London Tigers picking up their debut cup title.

New entrants left a fantastic mark on the evening mid-week league last season, including the Australian side Expats led by James Burton who finished second in Division 2, narrowly missing out on net run rate alone.  Their opening batsmen Alex Hickson was the star player of the league,  picking up the best average and most runs of the season as he takes over the reins of skipper for the new incoming season.  The season also celebrated its first centurion in over a decade when Sanj Gunewardene struck 103 before being run out, his efforts still in vain as Mile Tailenders fell short to eventual league champions Millwall.

With teams competing from across London and with its unique format of just sixteen over per side, a maximum of four overs per bowler and retiring at fifty, the eight-a side league is perfect for quick evening matches under the Victoria Park sunshine between May and August.

Some league teams will be looking for extra players for the season. There are no restrictions about the age or sex of players so all are welcome. (Those under eighteen are required to wear helmets). With matches starting at Victoria Park from the end of April and the country welcoming both a World Cup and an Ashes in the same year, 2019 looks like an amazing year for cricket. The Victoria Park Community Cricket League would like to celebrate it with anyone who feels like loosening their batting, bowling or fielding muscles once a week.

Victoria Park Community Cricket League is also on Facebook.





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