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Sky v Dover Castle

Monday 14 June 2004, Victoria Park
Sky won by 25 runs

Sky's Imran Yousaf reports:

We got off to a good start by winning the toss and electing to bat but it soon went wrong with a couple of wild strokes (if you can call them strokes) from our openers. That left us 1 for 2 after only the first over. Jawed and Imran Khan then came together and steadied the ship for a while but fell for 17 and 13 respectively. 

It seemed like it wasn't going to be our day at 40 odd for 4 in the 4th over. Although the run rate was excellent we were losing wicket for fun it seemed. 

That's when Alex (Captain) and your truly (Imran Yousaf) got together in the middle and had a meaningful discussion about life in general and the match situation in particular. We started to put a partnership together and the boundaries started flowing regularly and with consummate ease. 

One particular shot from Alex; the bowler charges in and bowls it as fast as he could and only to see the ball sailing straight back over his head.....bloody hell, he said. That signalled the floodgates to open. I hit a six in to the tennis courts and just missed the head of the guy with a racket in his hands looking the other way - lucky boy. I brought up my fifty with a six and a four quickly followed by Alex and we reached a very respectable 193 for 5, not bad considering we were 4 down in only the fourth over. 

They got off to a solid start, before Hasan bowled Husnain. That bought in Saibatt who scored a quickfire 14 before he was caught off my bowling quickly followed by Aleem taking the wicket of Dhruv. 

An excellent 4th wicket partnership between Ramash (51*) and Daood (28), meant we were rapidly losing our grip on the match. That changed when Ramash reached his fifty. A devastating spell of fast bowling from Rizwan who took two wicket in his 2nd over, including that of Daood who was looking very dangerous, to leave Dover reeling. With only 25 needed of the last 3 overs, I came on and with the very first ball ripped the stump out of the ground
and that as they say was that. We won by 25 runs. 

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