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)
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
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
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