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Cup: Island v Monopoly

Thurssday 30 June 2005, Victoria Park

Monopoly won by 4 runs

Monopoly 174 for 6 off 16 overs
Azher 51 n.o.

Island 170 for 7 (all out) off 16 overs 
Leon 62
Tanjeem 54 n.o.

Island's Steve Hill writes: In a thrilling, high scoring Cup match that went to the very last ball, non-league side Monopoly beat league-newcomers Island by just 4 runs.

Monopoly chose to bat in very cloudy conditions that would later turn to showers during Island's innings. They overcame a slow start to accelerate to 100-2 off just 9 overs with Azher leading the way with an unbeaten 51 not out. 

Tight bowling from Dheraj (2 for 20) couldn't stop the momentum as the last batting pair Khizer (25) and Yasir (13 n.o.) scored a quickfire 40 off the closing 3 and a half overs to put up a total of 174 for 6 off their full 16 overs.

Monopoly looked to be in pole position with a breakthrough in the first over of Island's reply, but Leon and Tanjeem steadied the ship magnificently, with both retiring unbeaten on half centuries, and leaving Island needing 46 to win off the last 4 overs. 

After a typical Island batting collapse, both returned to the crease in the final over for what proved a very tense finish. However, the 6 needed off the final ball eluded them as Leon was run out for 62 going for a second whilst trying to force overthrows.

Monopoly took the honours and progress to meet fellow non-league team Reuters in the next round.


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