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Bengal Tigers v Tower Cavaliers

Monday 6 June 2011, Victoria Park

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 around stubbornly.

[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



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