Traditional Corsairs won by 57 runs
Traditional Corsairs 135-6
Vallance 78 all out (9.3 overs)
|Cup-winning Corsairs: Back row (L-R): Vaseem, Fazal, Nimo
(capt), Shahzad, Aftab; front row (L-R): Tayyab, Laeeq, Khuram
Nimo Ahmed of Traditional Corsairs reports:
On a cloudy evening at Victoria Park, the Traditional Corsairs and Vallance
met for the final of the VPCCL 2006 Cup competition. Traditional Corsairs
were looking for revenge for their league defeat against Vallance in 2005
and Vallance were looking to continue their 2006 dominance in the Cup
competition. The scene was set…...
Corsairs had the perfect start, when skipper Nimo (under the mystical
guidance of Sheikh Aftab) won the toss for the first time in the tournament
this year! Unsurprisingly, Traditional Corsairs opted to bat.
Aftab and Vaseem got the Corsairs off to a solid and steady start under some
tight Vallance bowling and good fielding. Aftab fell on 18 after skying an
off-drive which was well caught. The hard-hitting Fazal entered the fray at
number 3 and started by sensibly guiding the ball around for 1s and 2s
before opening up and attacking. After some lusty blows, Fazal was lbw
playing across the line to finish for 25 with 4 fours along the way.
Shaz came in at number 4 and started to build a partnership with Vas.
Vallance bowlers really bowled well for the rest of the match and boundaries
were harder to come buy. In pursuit of twos and threes, Vas was run-out from
a direct hit from the boundary which underlined the excellent Vallance
The later Corsairs order supported Shaz, who finished on 33 no, to guide
the Corsairs to a challenging 135-6 off 16 overs - this was worth 160 odd
given the larger boundaries on pitch 3. Vallance Khan topped the bowling
As the Corsairs prepared to take the field, the storm-clouds gathered and
rain looked ominous. Thankfully, the match escaped any heavy rain although a
short light shower did pass.
Laeeq bowled superbly with a hostile and aggressive opening spell which
Vallance had no answer to - he finished with a stunning 5-21 off his 4 overs
including 3 batsmen clean bowled, which would make him the unofficial man of
the match. Laeeq was well supported by Vas who swallowed a difficult skyer.
Shuman batted very well for Vallance, finishing on 33no. The last
Vallance wicket fell in 9.3 overs with the total on 78 to leave the
Traditional Corsairs victors by a margin of 57 runs to win the 2006 Cup
competition to support their 2005 League champions effort.
The match was played in excellent spirits which epitomises what Victoria
Park cricket is all about and neutral umpires ensured fair play to the best
of their ability (note that each team had two lbw decisions).
Bert, as ever, was at the ground throughout to lend his support and
encouragement and present the Cup to the winners, Traditional Corsairs. The
evening was completed by thanking both teams, the umpires, and of course the
energetic League President Bert.