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Sky v Tower Ravens

Monday 16 July 2007, Victoria Park
Sky beat Tower Ravens by 29 runs

16 over match - Sky won the toss and elected to bat

Sky : 209 - 5 (16 overs)
Nozmul Hussain 50 retired
Aleem Hussain 52 retired
Rizwan Siddiqui 26 not out

Tower Ravens : 180 all out (16 overs)
Ken 70
Julian 25
Safraz Ahmed 3- 31

"Two heavyweight teams slugged it on the league's smallest ground, with no quarter asked, offered or given, so no surprises that almost 400 runs were scored in 32 overs.

At the end, Sky's depth in batting (which ensured the momentum from the openers was maintained) proved to be the difference despite the Raven's sterling effort to chase down a huge target, led valiantly and ultimately in vain by Ken, their captain" - Rizwan Siddique of Sky

"Somewhat predictably after winning the toss Sky elected to bat on a fine summers evening at Victoria Park.

Fresh from a weekend training session to combat the might of Sky's batsman the Ravens prepared to implement a carefully tailored game plan to wrestle the league title from our oppenents. Or at least that was the plan! Somewhere between the pub on Sunday and the pitch on Monday the plan was lost and with it the chance of victory and league success.

Sky's batsman did bat extremely well as one might expect but the Ravens did not do themselves any justice with a lack lustre bowling performance. Almost to a man the bowling was either too wide or too short and the batsmen took full advantage to set the Ravens a daunting target of 210 to win. The only bright spot was another fine wicket keeping performance by Paul with 4 fine catches.

The Ravens gave it their best shot but in the end a target of 200+ proved a bridge too far. Ken was the pick of the batsmen holing out off the final ball of the innings for an excellent 71 as the Ravens finished 29 runs short.

All that was left was to retire to the pub and contemplate what might have been had the Ravens not given away 36 extras (third top scorer) compared to Sky's 19.

Skipper Ken lead a critical post mortem as spirits ebbed. However this did not last long and soon a rousing chorus of happy birthday for Alfie lifted team spirits as the team vowed a cup final reunion with Sky in the cup" - Michael Biggs of Tower Ravens

Reports submitted by: Sky and Tower Ravens

 

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