Sky won by 1 wicket
Sky lost the toss and were put into field
London Fields: 110 for 5 in 16 overs
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
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