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Back to 2009 fixtures  

Cup semi-final:
Caledonian Conquerors v Contenders

Wednesday 29 July 2009, Victoria Park
Caledonian Conquerors won by 7 wickets

Caledonian Conquerors won the toss and chose to field first

Contenders: 123 for 4 in 16 overs
Dee Alexander 51*
Waqar Ali 4 overs 27 runs 2 wickets
Zulfiqar Mohammed 2 overs 16 runs 1 wicket

Caledonian Conquerors: 124 for 0 in 13.2 overs
Mohammed Fazal 51*
Mohammed Nadeem 41*
Waqar Ali 17*

The first Cup semi final was a relatively one-sided affair as Caledonian Conquerers cruised pass the Contenders with no wickets conceded and 16 balls to spare.

Contenders batting first, found it difficult to play their natural attacking game as Cally's bowlers bowled a very disciplined and tight line. With the fielders also hungry there was not much on offer in terms of boundaries as Contenders struggled to 100 runs in 13 overs.

Only Dee Alexander flourished, but once he retired 51 (not out) the rest of the Contenders batsman failed to trouble the Cally's fieldsmen. Only two 6s in the last over boosted the contenders to a respectable but below par score of 123.

Cally's run chase was profesionally executed by the Mohammed brothers, Fazal and Nadeem. Once Fazal retired Waqar Ali joined Nadeem to complete the Job. The 7-wicket margin was somewhat flattering as Contenders battled hard to no avail.

The semi final was a big occasion and understanderbly emotions were running high. The game was generaly played in good spirit, although Cally's bowlers had to be reprimanded by their captain for showing discontent to the umpire.

Gentlemen, let's not forget the game is bigger than the contest, and should be played within the code at all times, which means respecting your opposition and the officials. After all cricket is a gentleman's game.

Submitted by Saj Rehman of Caledonian Conquerors


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