Bengal Tigers won by 26 runs
Bengal Tigers won the toss and chose to bat first
Bengal Tigers: 106 for 6 in 16 overs
T. George: 40
M Pollitt: 13*
B. Lambert: 12*
A Dickson: 3-26 R. Arnold: 2-17
Tower Cavaliers: 80 for 7 in 13.2 overs
A. Dickson: 23*
R. Arnold: 14
I. Pendrigh: 12
A. Cox: 3-20 B. MacDonald: 3-28 C. Yorke: 1-16
An excellent game played in gloomy, damp conditions. Tigers won the toss
(for the first time this season) and elected to bat first. George and Cox
started well enough but the ball was zipping around a bit and, on a big
pitch, boundaries were hard to come by.
Trying to push the rate on, Coxy missed an inswinger from the excellent
Dickson and lost his middle stump, sparking a mini-collapse as Hannon went
LBW for 2 and Cook got another snorter from Dickson first ball which clipped
the top of off and send him back to the boundary.
[Amazing] Barry MacDonald could only muster 7 before being caught behind and
Charlie Yorke ran himself out for 4 (when you've only got short legs, you
really need to get going straight away) shortly afterwards to leave the
Tigers 5 down and still some way from 100.
George, well-supported by Pollitt, batted nicely to steady the ship and was
a little unlucky to be bowled off his pads by one that was sliding down leg
side for 40. That brought Lambert, a reluctant batsmen at the best of times,
to the cre ase with almost four overs still to face.
With the ball sliding around and the Cavaliers bowling tight lines, hopes of
reaching the elusive ton were not particularly high but a mixture of
excellent running and inventive batting helped the Tigers to the end of the
16 overs with Lambert and Pollitt adding valuable runs to a total of 106.
Defending a low-ish total, it was crucial that the Tigers got off to a
decent start, and they did, with Cox and Yorke swinging the ball around and
taking a wicket each in the 3rd, 4th and 5th overs.
Cox bowled particularly well after his opening two wides and never allowed
the batsmen to settle with only 15 runs coming off the bat in his four
excellent overs. Always behind the rate, it was a struggle for the Cavaliers
but Dickson did his best to emulate his performance with the ball and hung
[Amazing] Barry MacDonald struggled with his line to the left handed Arnold
initially but came back strongly to pick up his wicket and that of two
others with three wickets in ten balls including two in two. Pendrigh
provided some decent rearguard action for the Cavaliers but it was too
little too late and when his middle stump was taken by another straight
slider from MacDonald, the Tigers had triumphed by 26 runs.
Thanks to the Cavaliers for a competitive game played in good spirits.
Submitted by Kevin Cook of Bengal Tigers