Tower Cavaliers won by 4 runs
Tower Cavaliers lost the toss and were put into bat
Tower Cavaliers: 143 for 3 in 16 overs
Kenneth Marshall 29
Dr Paul Johnson 16
Cain Duncan 43
Stephen Williams 46
Rose & Crown: 139 for 7 in 16 overs
Cain Duncan 3-17
Abbas Rizvi 1-21
Stephen Williams 1-48
Dr Paul Johnson 1-41
A cloudy, cold and windy Victoria Park saw a rematch of the 2008 Divison
Three decider pairing Tower Cavaliers and Rose and Crown.
Rose and Crown won the toss and put the Cavaliers in to bat. A solid start
was made by Paul Johnson and Kenneth Marshall. Johnson's dismissal,
bowled missing a straight one from Dave brought in Cain Duncan who quickly
set about the bowling, striking a number of boundaries. Marshall was
caught and bowled by Patrick for 29 (this off a ball which umpire Robert Waugh later admitted, after a subdued Drogba-esque confrontation lacking
only the flip-flops, should have been a no-ball)!
The captain, Stephen Williams came to the crease and he and Cain Duncan
continued to strike boundaries, including 2 sixes from Williams, no mean
feat on pitch 3. Cain Duncan fell trying to make his ground after being sent
back on a single in the final over, and was run out.
cameo appearance assisted Williams in adding 2 further runs, which
seemed insignificant at the time. The innings closed on 143 for 3. The total
would have been considerably higher but for many examples of excellent
fielding from Rose and Crown.
Rose and Crown batted steadily, their increasing total being assisted by
some wayward bowling into the strong wind which added extras at an alarming
rate. Fortunately for Cavaliers debutant Abbas Rizvi and Duncan kept
the downwind end fairly tight. A relative lack of boundaries, steady fall of
wickets and the decreasing light left Rose and Crown needing 20 off the
final 8 balls. Further extras and a comedy of errors - akin to the great Sid
James, on the final ball almost enabled them to make the total.
A good and enjoyable opener to the season played in a very good spirit which
was won by Tower Cavaliers by 4 runs.
Submitted by Alkesh Solanki of Tower Cavaliers