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Tawheed v Island Community

Thursday 1 August 2013, Victoria Park
Tawheed won by 6 wickets

Tawheed lost the toss and were put into field

Island Community: 122 for 5 in 16 overs
Joe 43
Mo 34 Not Out
Tanjim 17 Not Out
Zubair 4 0 22 2 Nadeem 4 0 30 1 Sajid 4 0 34 2 Ibrar 4 0 34 0

Tawheed: 126 for 1 in 10.1 overs
Nadeem Ahmed 35 Not Out
Kashif Malik 53 Not Out
Mohammed Khan 15 Not Out
Razvi 2 0 28 1

Tawheed entered this game with a mathematical chance of winning the league, if New boys beat Dynamite Ducks. So for Tawheed there was all to play for.

Island community, on the other hand, had 'bigger fish to fry' with a cup final looming in 4 days time. They looked below strength, possibly had rested some of their superstars for their debut in the VPCCL cup final.

On the hottest day of the year, Tawheed's Ramadan-observing players entered the field having lost the toss. Island batted valiantly but an accurate opening spell from Zubby and Nadeem meant Island Community had 2 players back in the hutch inside 4 overs, with wickets falling regularly and some hungry fielders, the boundary was very difficult to find for the Islanders.

Tanjim and Joe threatened with some stylish shots including the 'Dilshan scoop' from Tanj & 'reverse sweeping' from Joe.

However a run rate of under 8 an over in the VPCCl was always going to be difficult to defend on the smaller pitch 2 track.

Tawheed skipper had kept his players in the hope that a superior run rate was going to get them their 1st league title, so the Tawheed batsmen went out 'all hell for leather'.

With Malik and Nadeem looking especially dangerous. Teenager Mohammed Khan made his debut and looks like a future superstar of the VPCCL in the making- as he made a quckfire 15 off one over.

Some exquisite timing and his version of the 'Dhoni Helicopter' shot kept the Island boundary straddlers busy. He then decided to retire after showing us one over of his skills to make way for Tawheed's latest recruit - our very own Chair - Rizwan of Sky.

Not only had he bailed out Tawheed at the last minute, but he marshalled the shorter pitch 2 boundary as if his life depended on it and hit the winning runs on his debut ! Well done Riz and well done Tawheed for another relatively successful campaign.

Submitted by Saj Rehman of Tawheed



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