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Sky v London Fields

Tuesday 26 June 2012, Victoria Park

Sky won by 1 wicket

Sky lost the toss and were put into field

London Fields: 110 for 5 in 16 overs
Robin 46
Aleem H 4-0-23-0 Rizwan S 4-0-19-1

Sky: 113 for 6 in 14.3 overs
Aleem Hussain 34
Rahil 32 not out
Afzal 19 not out
Chris Skinner 4-0-20-4

Victory from the jaws of defeat... Sky pulled off a remarkable heist against a determined London Fields side in an incredible match on a muggy, grey evening on Pitch 2.

LF won the toss and started off steadily, rotating the strike, picking the gaps and running hard between the wickets (helped by some very average Sky ground fielding)with Robin Friend looking particularly comfortable against the experienced new ball pairing of Shakeel Durrani and Haris Ali Soomro.

With LF on 69-1 after 8 overs and a target of 150 definitely within range, the game turned in favour of Sky with current and former captains , Aleem and Rizwan meeting the challenge of the LF batsman head on with some accurate, incisive bowling leading to only 41 runs being scored in the final 8 overs with 4 wickets falling.

With 111 the target, Sky started confidently and at 51-1 in the 7th over looked set for a comfortable victory....Chris Skinner of LF thought otherwise. Skinner came on and bowled a devestating spell that eviscerated the Sky middle order and left the innings in tatters at 80-6 in the 11th over.

With Sky on the edge of the abyss the last wicket partnership of Afzal and Rahil decided to counter attack and began to stage a wonderful fightback that included four 6s and two 4s to bring the target ever closer.

However the way they batted LF felt certain there would be chances and so it proved as Afzal mistimed a drive that went straight into the air, Chris Skinner running backwards tried but just failed to grasp it and despite a close lbw shout, the game was won with a huge 6 over cover by Afzal leading to LF heartbreak and Sky relief.

Sky would feel that 111 should always have been chased down and LF, that with 30 runs required and 1 wicket required, the match was there's for the taking....'cricket, bloody hell'!!

Submitted by Rizwan of Sky


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