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Back to 2009 fixtures  

Sky v The Ducks

Monday 3 August 2009, Victoria Park
Sky won by 5 wickets

Sky lost the toss and were put into field

Sky: 150 for 2 in 14.4 overs
Dinesh Ramalingam 55*
Shakeel Durrani 30
Javed Soomro 29*

The Ducks: 149 for 5 in 16 overs
Husnain 35
Ahmed 39
Sibet 13
Aleem Hussain 4-0-40-3

Sky's ultimately disappointing 2009 campaign came to an end with the consolation of a comfortable victory over the new league champions, The Ducks.

Having won the toss The Ducks unsurprisingly chose to bat on the smallest VP ground - Pitch 1. Sky's bowlers however worked well as a unit to restrict the powerful Ducks batting line up to scrambling for signals and hustling for twos as the boundaries dried up. Catches were held (unlike in the previous week's semi-final) and the ground fielding supported the bowlers efforts to such a degree that Ducks could only manage 149-5 off their 16 overs.

Sky went into the break confident of knocking off the runs and so it proved to be.

A solid opening partnership by Aleem Hussain (29) and Shakeel Durrani was backed up by an exhibition of power hitting by Dinesh who dispatched the Ducks attack to all parts, knowing that on 49 he needed 1 to retire - he decided to display his mastery of the bowlers by depositing the very next ball over the path for a huge six.

With just 21 needed off 3 overs Javed Soomro and Rizwan Siddiqui saw Sky home with 8 balls to spare.

What if Sky had beaten Cally.... or Island....what if indeed !!

If the truth be told we did not play well enough over the length of the season to deserve any more than we ended up with, the tables do not lie. The Ducks were the better team over the season, our congratulations to them and finally, we eagerly look forward to renewing the challenge in 2010.

Submitted by Rizwan Siddiqui of Sky


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