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Traditional Corsairs v Chats Palace

Thursday 26 May 2005, Victoria Park
Traditional Corsairs won by 6 wickets

Chats Palace 88 all out (14.3 overs)

Traditional Corsairs 90-1 (7.3 overs)

Corsairs Leave Palace in Ruins

By Ajaz Rashid of Traditional Corsairs

Following hot on the trails of Liverpool's historic fifth European Cup triumph, the Traditional Corsairs created their own piece of history by completing their fifth victory on the trot against a Chats Palace side looking for their first win of the season in the VPCCL last Thursday.  Nimo, showing no mercy and a Benitez like ruthless streak, selected a very strong line up against the team propping up the table and for this latest  adventure, the twin turbo probelled speedsters Laeeq and Javio made their debuts on a much warmer evening.   Nimo's season's continued to be contribution less as he lost the toss, and this was greeted by chants of 'loser!, loser!' from Faisal on the boundary.

Chats Palace decided to bat first and the corsairs opened up with Javio and Emran.  Jav (1-16 off 3) opened his account early with a caught behind, well taken by Nimo, who was giving Faisal a rest.  Both bowled steadily against a side who defended resolutely, although there was some playing and missing (quite a bit actually).  The only blot against Emran's figures (0-23 off 3) being a couple of poorly disguised slower deliveries that my grandmother would have slapped into the middle of next week.  He could be forgiven however, as he had would have been shell shocked from the previous over - witnessing his little brother Faisal chasing a ball to the boundary with all the fury of Larry Grayson in his prime, and all the speed of ' a drunken slug' as witnessed by one of his team mates.  It was quite a sight to behold and now the reason why he is the corsairs regular keeper has been exposed to the world (i.e. he runs like a girl).  

Imi (0-12 off 3) bowled a fine spell, and demonstrated real pace and hostility when bowling to the female Chats Palace player ('' could be heard from the boundary and the infield) and Naz really went to town and ended up with 4-19 from 4 overs, easily the best bowler in town.  Faisal also managed to get a bowl and his first delivery was greeted with encouragement from Bert on the sidelines of 'Come on Larry!' and that was the highlight of that over - enough said.  Overall it was an ok bowling performance, but a bit lax in the field.  Nimo making a fine debut behind the stumps with 2 catches, 2 run outs (although, I don't know how he can claim them, but it's not worth arguing with an MNM, as Mr Kurak has found out to his cost) and lots of byes.  Tim (20), James (16) and Perry (12) all made starts but were unable to keep it up and Chats Palace were bowled out for 88 in 14.3 overs.

In response the Corsairs lost an early wicket.  Having blackmailed the skipper to let him open the batting, Ajaz strode out Afridi like, and strode back just as rapidly after slapping a quickfire 2 from 2 deliveries and being castled by Jeff.  It was fun for the crowd while it lasted.  This brought Laeeq to the crease to join the skipper and they duly went about their business and brought the Corsairs close to victory with a mixture of big shots and singles at a cruise.  Nimo retired at 52 n.o. allowing Faisal the chance to demonstrate his ambidextrosity by batting left hand, surviving a very close c & b to finish unbeaten on 1.  Laeeq fittingly provided the final blow of this match and finished on 25 n.o., the target being reached inside 8 overs.

Another win for the corsairs complete.


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