Island Community won by 5 wickets
Island Community lost the toss and were put into field
London Fields: 124 for 7 in 15.3 overs
R Friend 23
Killian Lacis 22
T Utz 20
Paul Teasdale 18
Tanjeem Chowdhury 4-0-27-4
Island Community: 126 for 2 in 10.5 overs
Tanjeem Chowdhury 50 n.o. RET (28 balls)
Kirk Fleming 39 (21 balls)
Rob Jones 22 (11 balls)
History was made on Victoria Park Pitch 2 tonight as Island broke their
duck and won their FIRST EVER VPCCL Cup game in 5 years of trying.
They avoided another first round exit by demolishing their Saturday
league fellow champions from 2008, London Fields CC, with a very convincing
Fields won the toss and elected to bat first. A good opening stand
between Paul Teasdale (18) and R Friend (23) saw off the opening pace attack
but the partnership was broken by a run out after a great throw by Miran
Tousif from the deep and fantastic action by young Island keeper Joe Tousent
to remove Friend.
Teasdale soon followed, caught and bowled by Tanjeem Chowdhury, after
he skied an off break back to the bowler. Karl Lacis and T. Utz both
continued the momentum for Fields as they were scoring over 8 runs per over,
surviving a dropped catch at deep mid-on by Island's late stand-in Steve
Hill who replaced Dammika Silva, out with chicken pox.
But more top keeping from Tousent saw Utz stumped off Kirk Fleming's
spin and when Miran held onto a great catch in the deep off Tanjeem to
dismiss Lacis, the slide began.
Tanjeem took another two wickets to finish with 4 for 27 and opening
pace bowler Miran returned to take the final wicket with a great yorker in
the last over, leaving Fields on 124 all out off 15.3 of their allocated 16
A defendable target in the Victoria Park format normally, but not
against an in-form Island team who have recorded 11 straight victories in
all competitions recently.
Island's reply started with 12 off each of Tyrone Graham's first two
overs, and 13 and 15 off Karl Lacis's first two overs. When the fifth over
of the innings went for another 8 runs, it turned out to be only one of
three overs in the entire innings that went for less than 11 runs, all
Fields bowlers being hit around the park by openers Kirk Fleming (39) and
The opening stand of 95 in just 7.3 overs gave Island a strong base
that continued with Tanjeem going on to retire on 50 off just 28 balls and
Rob Jones chipping in with a quick 22 off just 11 balls.
It was in the 11th over out of 16 that Miran hit the winning boundary
to give Island a convincing victory, finishing on 126 for 2 off 10.5 overs.
The young Island lads celebrated enthusiastically as this was a special
victory after four previous first round Cup exits.
They go on to meet London Wanderers in the second round next week.
Submitted by Steve Hill of Island Community