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Bengal Tigers v Mad Morrocas

Tuesday 21 June 2011, Victoria Park
Bengal Tigers won by 11 runs

Bengal Tigers won the toss and chose to bat first

Bengal Tigers: 117 for 4 in 16 overs
A. Cox: 28
B. MacDonald: 23*
S. Shah: 20*

Mad Morrocas: 106 for 4 in 16 overs
Simon: 33*
Billy: 19 Rob: 13
A. Cox: 3-28
S. Shah: 1-28

Another good game between two sides that had already met once this season, in the cup. The Tigers had emerged victorious after a tight first match and this was a similar contest. Tigers batted first and got off to a slow start with George being bowled for a duck in the first over.

The ball was diving about in the wind and batting wasn't easy. Cox and Hannon batted well to take the score past 50 before Cox was caught behind for 28. Two more wickets followed in quick succession with Cook only managing a solitary four before missing a straight one and Hannon falling in similar fashion.

Not for the first time this season, the Tigers were left four down without enough runs on the board but Macdonald and Shah batted doggedly to ensure that they lasted their overs. MacDonald second top scored with 23*, the highlight a beautiful cover drive for four, but even he couldn't find any real fluency and the Tigers were left thanking Mad Maroccas for their 26 wides which had helped them to a total of 117.

118 looked very gettable on the small pitch 1 but the Tigers opened with some excellent bowling. Cox took a wicket with the last ball of his first over, caught behind, and Pollitt bowled a great line and length from the other end, constantly beating the bat.

He was unlucky to finish without a wicket, with Cook dropping a low one off the outside edge and a strong caught behind down the leg-side being denied by the umpires. 15 runs from his 4 overs was an excellent effort though. Cox continues to take wickets at the other end, finishing with 3-28, which could have been four if Cook had held on to a relatively straightforward caught behind chance.

By the time that Maroccas were half way through their innings, they were well behind the rate and more good bowling from Syed and MacDonald restricted the boundaries to a minimum. Needing 37 of the last three, there was still a chance but two tight overs left them needing 20 off six balls.

MacDonald bowled the last over tidily and the Tigers had managed another victory that had looked unlikely at the half way stage.

Submitted by Kevin Cook of Bengal Tigers



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