Sky won by 38 runs
Island won the toss and elected to field
Sky 182 - 5 off 16 overs
Aleem Hussain 53 retired
Imran Khan 36
Rizwan Siddiqui 34
Island Community 144 for 3 off 16 overs
Tanjeem 51* (ret)
Imran Khan 4-0-29-2
5-star Sky triumphant in title decider - By Sky's Rizwan Siddiqui
Following the triumphs of '98,'01,'02 and '03, Sky became 5-times winners of
the Victoria Park league by beating a highly talented but inexperienced
Island Community in both team's final league match which given previous
results was effectively the title play off.
On a glorious summer's day, Island's skipper Mo having won the toss somewhat
surprisingly inserted Sky in on Pitch 1. Sky's openers started cautiously
but the ever reliable Aleem, ably supported by Sarfraz soon located the
boundary and by the end of the 10th over, Sky had reached 106 for the loss
of 2 wickets. Cue Sky's big hitting middle order duo of Rizwan and Imran who
having launched a succession of sixes ensured a final total of 182.
Faced with a daunting target, Island had no choice but to start aggressively
but Sky having stationed men on the boundary soon picked off the top order
and despite Tanjim's best efforts Island never looked like threatening to
overhaul Sky's score.
All that remains is for me (Rizwan Siddiqui) to thank my team for their
effort, perserverance and determination throughout the season which resulted
in a title triumph that was well deserved. So well done to Aleem Hussain,
Safraz Ahmed, Javed Soomro, Imran Khan, Nozmul Hussain, Jahinger Ahmed,
Ayaz, Shakeel Durrani and Hassan Mahmood for making this a season to
remember. 'Boys did well'!
Island's account - by Island's Steve Hill
Island won the toss and put Sky into bat. Their early optimism, after
Jack Stollery conceded just two runs from his first over, was very short
lived indeed. By the end of the 6th over, Sky were already on 62 without
loss, with Safraz and Alim both scoring boundaries freely.
A change of bowling saw Delrick take a catch behind from Dammika's
first ball, to dismiss Safraz for 23, and conceeding just two off the over,
Island hoped the run fest might be stalling.
But how wrong they were. Shakeel, Imran Khan, Javed and Rizwan all
came and went as wickets continued to fall, but not without each of them
first adding significantly to the score.
Sky's big hitters seem to like the short boundary of pitch #1 in
Victoria Park and were taking full advantage. Alim reached his half century
with a huge six and had to retire not out on 53, which proved to be the
highest score of the match.
When Sky's captain Rizwan fell for 32, caught in the deep by Jack off
the first ball of the last over after a brief innings that included three
sixes (matched by Alim and Imran in an innings total that included 9 sixes
and 17 fours, 122 boundary runs), even the tail enders chipped in with
another 14 runs off the last 5 deliveries to post a huge total of 182 for 6
off their 16 overs (nearly 11.5 runs per over).
All four of Island's young bowlers (three of whom were U18's Colts)
went for over ten runs per over, with Tanjeem taking three for 51 off his 24
With such a large target to reach and the league title at stake for both
teams, captain Mo decided to drop himself down the batting order and open
with the bigger hitters.
Delrick launched his first delivery for a massive six and Island's
spirits were raised, but when he tried it again at the end of the second
over, he skied one and was caught in the deep by Ayaz off Rizwan's first
over for 11. Big-hitting Robert came in at number three and scored three
quick boundary fours before he also skied one and was caught and bowled by
Imran Khan for 17.
Meanwhile, Tanjeem was batting sensibly, scoring one's or two's from
almost every ball he faced, but Island were gradually falling behind the run
rate. When Alamin fell for 6 after a superb catch by Alim, diving foward in
the deep, Island had edged themselves up to 61 for 3 at the half way point.
Talented young opener Tanjeem decided it was time to open up somemore
and scored his 3 sixes (the 4th player of the game to do so) and 5 fours
before having to retire not out on 51. Dammika joined Mo at the crease and
they batted out to the end with some impressive stroke play but never looked
like catching up with Sky's huge total.
Mo finished with a credible 30 not out but it was Sky, with a
comfortable 38 run victory, who took the plaudits and the VPCCL First
Division trophy, which was presented to them after the game by League
President Bert Vandermark.
The game was played in the typical good spirits of the Victoria Park
Community League and Island's youngsters conceded graciously that the best
team on the day had indeed won and deserved the title.
Report submitted by: Sky and Island