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Caledonian Conquerors v London Fields

Monday 15 August 2011, Victoria Park
Caledonian Conquerors won by 57 runs

Caledonian Conquerors lost the toss and were put into bat

Caledonian Conquerors: 128 for 5 in 16 overs
Saj Rehman 25
Arshad Mohammed 23
Shaid Mohammed 22
Dave Krohen 0.2 0 1 1 Will Isaac 4 0 24 1 Wroterley 4 0 27 2 Skinner 3 0 31 1

London Fields: 71 for 7 in 11.2 overs
Chris Skinner 23 Not Out
Will Isaac 17
Nadeem Mohammed 4 0 23 1 Yasser Ali 3.2 0 19 4 Arshad Mohammed 2 0 9 1 Saj Rehman 2 0 12 0

The Final game of the 2011 First Division was not the usual dead rubber at the end of an uneventful season. This game was the finale to the closest run title race for the VPCCL in years.

Sky, Dynamite Ducks, Callys and London Fields were still in the hunt for a Championship winning tally of points before today's game. The league would ultimately be decided by the dreaded 'Rule 20'

Could London Fields come from nowhere and 'do a Spurs' to claim the league? Cally's knew a win would see them equal on points, with Sky and Ducks and a possible runner up berth for the league, so there was all to play for.

With Newsnight watching - doing a piece on inner city Cricket, both teams seemed to rise to the occasion and produce a thriller of a final game for the TV cameras. If anyone is interested VPCCL will be featured in next Monday night's Newsnight (22/08/11). London Fields won the toss and surprisingly opted to Field.

With several enforced Changes due to unforeseen circumstances, Cally's player/manager Saj Rehman had to shuffle the team, as The current skipper and top scorer Fazal Mohammed was unable to take time off work and in form Batsman Kashif Malik taken ill - the Cally's team had to bring in last minute replacement Yaser Ali and a fit again Shahid Mohammed into the starting 8. Nadeem and Arshad Started out quickly taking 20 in the first 2 overs, but Nadeem hauled out to Skinner and was caught at Mid off.

Arshad was joined by brother Shahid and they went after the London Fields bowlers with intent. When Shahid was stumped the Cally's looked like they were going to fold very quickly. With the London Fields keeper in lightening form (sorry did not catch his name) Cally's batting went from sublime to disarray in 3 overs as 'Supergloves' London Fields Keeper stumped 4 Cally's players. Callys were 90 for 5 in 10 overs.

Cally's rallied in the last three overs as Ali and Rehman put on a 35 run partnership for the 6th wicket to post a par score of 128 on Pitch 3. London Fields started brightly, but Yasser Ali was a good last minute replacement to the team, as he blew away the London Fields with debut figures of 4 for 19 in less than 4 overs.

Will Isaacs and Chris Skinner were taking the attack to Cally's but with wickets falling around them London Fields were bowled out for 71 in the 12th over.

Thanks London Fields for a great game and we wish you all the best for next season, welcome to the Top five!

Submitted by Saj Rehman of Caledonian Conquerors



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