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Bengal Tigers v Homerton 

Tuesday 2 August 2011, Victoria Park
Bengal Tigers won by 30 runs

Bengal Tigers won the toss and chose to bat first

Bengal Tigers: 112 for 4 in 16 overs
A. Cox: 50*
K. Cook: 23*
Ellery: 2-12 Ned: 1-21 L. Hutchinson: 1-26

Homerton: 82 for 7 in 14.1 overs
Ellery: 36
L. Hutchinson: 21
Cox: 2-26 Yorke: 1-8 Shah: 1-19 George: 1-21

The Tigers came in to the game on the back of three consecutive defeats and without a couple of regulars.

They won the toss and chose to bat first, which looked like the right decision as George and Hannon put on 31 in three and a half overs.

George was then rapped on the pad - he says it was above the knee roll and outside off-stump but umpire Yorke (bowler) said it was hitting half way up middle and the Tigers vice-captain had to go, just when he was starting to look in good nick.

That brought Cox to the crease and, after being dropped by the keeper off the excellent bowling of Ellery, early doors, he batted imperiously for his fourth 50 of the season. After he retired, the Tigers rather lost momentum, with Davie and Shah failing to trouble the scorers, both falling to more good bowling from Ellery.

Yorke and Cook saw the Tigers through to the end of their 16 overs but, with no boundaries coming from the last four, their score of 112 looked a few runs short of par. The Tigers started well with the ball, Cox and Yorke finding a good length, and they were gifted a break-through when some confused calling from the Homerton openers left an easy run-out chance in the first over. George and Davie did the necessary and Homerton were on the back foot.

Hutchinson fought back for Homerton with some well-timed shots through the off-side before he cracked one into his own leg and had to leave the field, injured - he only returned briefly later in the innings before being smartly bowled by George. Shah came on to bowl for the Tigers and managed to find some outrageous movement through the air, leaving the batsmen with little chance to hit it, let alone score freely, in a great spell of bowling that was much better than his figures of 1-19 would indicate.

Having dominated with the ball, Ellery now started to find some real form with the bat, dragging Homerton back into the game with some fine hitting but the return of Cox saw the end of him as he was beaten for pace and looped a mis-timed pull back to the bowler for a smartly taken C&B.

The game was really won at that point, and Yorke cleared up the last wicket as a cut shot went straight to Cook at cover. A good battle between two teams that look likely to finish in comfortable mid-table mediocrity.

Submitted by Kevin Cook of Bengal Tigers



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