Reuters v Victoria Lounge
|Wednesday 14 May 2003, Victoria Park
|Victoria Lounge won by 41 runs
|Victoria Lounge 187-2 (16 Overs)
|Reuters 146 all out (15.5 Overs)
Kieran Mckey of Reuters writes:
Reuters lost the toss once more and were asked to field by the Lounge.
Alasdair and Jonty opened for the Lounge and made a positive start, taking 10 off Reuters captain Edi Maris in his first over.
James Chenery continued the Reuters attack from the path end but was also punished with 10 runs coming off his first over.
Reuters struggled with the oddly dimensioned field with the off side boundary just a 30 yards from the pitch.
Jonty began to hit out but was undone by Chenery's pace and skied the ball high into the air, the fielder Kieran Mckey initially slipped but recovered well to take the catch.
Maris decided to remove himself from the attack and was replaced by Mckey.
Mckey's first over proved to be his last as the Lounge number 3, Peter, took a liking to his long hops and smashed the ball out of the ground several times.
Danish Aziz and Elliot Hann came into the attack as Maris tried to control the scoring rate. Aziz and Hann exerted some control but the Lounge continued to score
For the final overs Chenery returned to the attack and produced an excellent spell of pace bowling.
Unfortunately, Maris was unable to match his efforts at the other end as some loose deliveries were harshly punished by the batsmen.
The final over resulted in a deserved wicket for Chenery but the Lounge posted an intimidating total of 187-2.
Reuters started the reply with Aziz and James Syrett at the crease.
It wasn't long before the Lounge struck with Elrick finding a way through Syrett's defence.
Aziz was picking the bad balls well and thumped a towering six off Tim.
Aziz crashed two more sixes but lost his wicket to Elrick as he attempted to lift the ball over long on and was caught.
Vaneet Malhotra joined Hann at the crease but was soon back in the changing "room" as he was undone by an excellent, one handed catch by Elrick off Alasdair's bowling.
Maris came to the crease determined to make amends and began scoring at will.
He was soon joined by Chenery as Hann's ugly, cross-batted shot left his wicket unguarded for Elrick's ball to hit.
Maris and Chenery scored well with some aggressive stroke play, Chenery showed his strength as he smashed two sixes and Maris his timing as he hit multiple boundaries.
However, Maris fell before reaching 50 as he was caught attempting to hit Alasdair out of the ground.
Chenery soon followed as he too was caught trying to club the ball out of the park.
Reuters final wicket fell in the last over as tail ender Dave Forret was caught before troubling the scorers.
Victoria Lounge handed Reuters their first defeat as they clinched victory by 41