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Bengal Tigers v East 8

Thursday 14 July 2011, Victoria Park
Bengal Tigers won by 27 runs

Bengal Tigers won the toss and chose to bat first

Bengal Tigers: 139 for 2 in 16 overs
Hannon: 50*
MacDonald 44
George: 24
Suf: 1-12 Ali: 1-30

East 8: 112 for 7 in 14.2 overs
Babs: 36
Abi: 31
MacDonald: 3-36 George: 2-16 Shah: 2-22

The Tigers came into the game with only seven men (thanks to a last minute drop-out from Yorke) and limited hopes of a result against an East 8 team that were top of the league.

Things started to look up when, having won the toss, they scored 17 off the first over, helped in no small part by 6 wides from Nas. 15 more runs came from the second over and George and Hannon started to look increasingly comfortable.

Just when George looked like another 50 was almost inevitable, he holed out to square leg for 24. That brought MacDonald to the crease and he and Hannon played fluently against a varied East 8 attack taking the Tigers past the ton in the 11th over.

MacDonald couldn't quite make his inaugural Tigers' 50 but his 44 off 26 balls was an excellent knock. That left two overs for Hannon, aged 61, to carry his bat make his first ever half-century, which he duly did off his 37th ball, and the last of the innings - a great effort from the Tigers' stalwart!

140 still looked quite achievable on Pitch 2 against 7 fielders and East 8 got off to a good start with both openers scoring relatively quickly.

Pollitt was unlucky not to pick up a wicket when Cook dropped a sharp chance behind the stumps and it looked like it might be East 8's day after all. Two bowling changes made the difference though as George and MacDonald came on and picked up three wickets in three overs.

Abi led a fight-back from East 8 with some mighty shots but wickets continued to tumble regularly around him and, when he finally fell to a great catch on the boundary from George, their challenge was all but over.

Shah tidied up the tail nicely and the Tigers had managed a victory last had looked improbable at the start thanks to a mighty innings from Hannon and another excellent bowling performance.

Thanks to East 8 for a game played in excellent spirits and for some very fair umpiring.

Submitted by Kevin Cook of Bengal Tigers



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