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Caledonian Conquerors v Martians

Monday 26 April 2010, Victoria Park
Caledonian Conquerors won by 46 runs

Caledonian Conquerors won the toss and chose to bat first

Caledonian Conquerors: 153 for 4 in 15 overs
Waqar Ali 50*
Anser Mahmood 39*
Nadeem Mohammed 25
Goss 1-5

Martians: 107 for 7 in 14.4 overs
Dave Nagraj 53
Richard Davis 2-39

The Conquerors got 2010 off to a winning start thanks to a disciplined performance with bat and ball. Fazal Mohammed carried his fine form of last season by lifting the first ball of the game for six and followed it with a sweetly struck four. A big score looked likely for Fazal but Martians skipper Graham Hall produced a peach of a late swinging dipping yorker to rattle the timbers with the third ball of the over.

Callys looked to keep the scoring rate high in the early overs but the introduction of John Kavanagh stemmed the flow of runs and with a couple of tight overs from Mike Pimblett sorely testing the patience of the batsmen it meant that steady accumulation was the order of the day. At the halfway stage Callys looked well short of a defendable total but with six wickets in hand Waqar Ali and Nadeem Mohammed had built a useful platform for a late assault on the bowling.

Waqar Ali broke the shackles and raced to his fifty with a series of pulls and well timed punchy drives down the ground. As Ali retired there was no let up in the pace of the scoring, the stage was set for Anser Mahmood to blaze his way to 39 with a fine demonstration of powerful hitting which enabled Callys to set a challenging total of 153. The Martians chase faltered early on as three wickets went down in the first five overs. Dave Nagraj launched a counter attack ably supported by John Kavanagh. The run out of Kavanagh thanks to the quick thinking and fine throw of Fazal Mohammed signalled the end of the Martians charge. Nagraj retired for a distinguished fifty leaving the Callys slow bowlers to stem the flow of runs and wrap up the game with a couple of balls to spare.

Submitted by Richard Davis of Caledonian Conquerors

 

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