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Back to 2009 fixtures  

London Tigers v Island Community

Tuesday 12 May 2009, Victoria Park
London Tigers won the toss and chose to bat first

London Tigers: 146 for 4 in 16 overs
Shumon Ahmed (48)
Saiful Khan (47)
Shahriar Mahmud (34* Not Out))
Kirk Flemming (4-0-27-2)
Tanjeem (4-0-29-2)

Island Community: 124 for 5 in 16 overs
Big Guy not sure of name very good innings of 52ish (not out)
Saiful Khan (4-0-27-2)
Gulam Sowar (4-0-22-1)
Jahedul Islam Rumon (4-0-29-1)
Sayful Islam (4-0-38-1)

This was a match that was to test the credentials of this new London Tigers team against an Island Community team that have finished 3rd or higher in the last 2 seasons in the top division of the VPCCL.

Island started the game well when former player manager of the London Tigers youth team in the Last Man Stands Canary Wharf League, Kirk Flemming, removed the opening batter Rashal in the second over. He continued in great form by bowling the other opener Khaled Ahmed in the 4th over and had figures of 2-8 at that stage and later ended with the best bowling figures for Island with 4-0-27-2.

The quick loss of wickets brought Shumon and Saiful to the middle who put on a partnership of 75 to rebuild the innings with Shumon top scoring (48) and Saiful (47). Both got out to the bowling of Tanjeem as they looked to push the run rate up looking to get to their half centuries with one big hit with excellently taken catches in blustry conditions.

The final push came from experience all rounder and stand in captain Shahriar Mahmud (34) who scored 18 off the last over to push the final score to a competitive 146-4 of 16.0 overs.

In reply, the Tigers got off to a flyer as they removed the opening batsman without score off the second ball of the innings with a spectacular catch in the deep by the Captain off the bowling of Sowar. This was followed by regular wickets which kept the pressure up on Island to keep up with the run rate. The only shining light was their number three batsmen who played a fine knock to score 52* not out.

The new batsmen could not keep up with the rate after No.3's departure and need 18 an over off the last 2 overs. The game ended with London Tigers winning by 22 runs.

The players were lucky enough to get a surprise visit from the organisation's chief executive Mesba Ahmed, who outlined his expectations and opportunities available to the players including announcing a one day 'London Tigers Community Cricket Festival' on Sunday 7th June at Victoria Park from 9:30am - 8pm with representatives of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (maybe some international players) coming to hand out prizes to the winners/runners up and outstanding players.

The event will also be aired by Bangladesh satellite Channel S (Sky 814).

The stand-in captain and players demonstrated their desire to do well in the league and proved to the manager that they deserve to be supported all the way. Well done boys and have a good break next week.

Submitted by Jawar Ali of London Tigers


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