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Canary Wharf cruise to win over Hamlets, while Bloomsbury and Clapton both record victories


Week 9 Round-up

Clapton (100/8) snatch 2 wicket win over St Clements (96 all out) in low scoring nail biter
The sun shone bright and strong on a beautiful day for cricket at London Fields. After winning the toss, St Clements elected to bat and were quickly under pressure from some disciplined bowling from Clapton. Surviving a dropped catch in the first over, St Clements opener Momin grafted impressively and rode his luck to top score with 36 while wickets fell regularly at the other end. Clearly the rain that had fallen earlier in the week had made the surface unpredictable with the occasional ball shooting through at ankle height and giving the batsman no chance. Taking advantage of the uneven bounce Abdul Munim prospered from putting the ball on the stumps to claim 4/14, with Stan claiming 3/23 and Iqbal Miah 2/14. St Clements eventually reached 96 before being bowled out in the 30th over.

Low scoring games often prove the most entertaining and this was no exception. A quick fire 19 from Amir Kahn got Clapton’s innings going but with the wicket proving exceptionally tricky, St Clements star bowler Adnan lived up to his reputation by making swift inroads into the Clapton top order eventually taking 5/21. Momentum swung over by over as a wicket fell or a few boundaries were scored. Clapton were able to put together small partnerships with contributions from Abdul Munim (19) and Raffique Ahmed (12) but at 81/8 at drinks St St Clements had their tails up and sensed an unlikely victory. But cool heads from Clapton prevailed as skipper Jamie Doe (17 not out) came in down the order to steer his team home in the 22nd over, ending an exciting game where the ball dominated the bat.
Bloomsbury Royals (220 all out) beat struggling Sovereign (166 all out) by 54 runs
Millfields was the venue for the Royal derby and it was Bloomsbury that won the toss and chose to have a bat on a wicket that traditionally always offers something to the bowlers.

The opening pair started well putting on 35 in the first 5 overs before the Millfields pitch started to live up to its reputation with one that kept ankle height and smashed into the front pad of the Bloomsbury opener. 1 brought 2 as next ball saw another wicket tumble and Sovereign were in the game. A.R Rana continued to bat sensibly and deservedly reached his fifty and would go on to make 66. Lucius the pick of the bowlers returned economical figures 2-14 from his 8 over allocation as Bloomsbury posted 220.

The chase began in explosive style with fours hit off the first two deliveries before the breakthrough came when Din Islam trapped one of the Sovereign openers LBW. Steady progress was made and at drinks despite the loss of 4 wickets Sovereign looked on course with 115 runs in the bank. AHM Jahirul Haque had other ideas and cleaned up 3 wickets with one spectacular catch on the boundary from Syed k Hossain and a couple of run outs saw Sovereign crash to 166 all out.
Canary Wharf Royals CC (256/7) beat Tower Hamlet CC (183/9)
Canary Wharf won the toss and elected to bat. Early jitters saw both the openers sent back to the pavilion with some fiery pace bowling. The next batmen Sandesh and Konark made a 50-run partnership to steady the ship, and continuous extras from the Hamlets attack made the runs come easy. Konark was eventually bowled by a reverse swinging delivery. Sandesh and Dhurmi then had a strong partnership and continued to keep the score ticking till the 32nd over. Sandesh in particular was brilliant with complete 360 deg short selection. Excellent running between the wickets and 73 wides made sure that Canary Wharf were able to post a formidable 256/7.

In the second innings Shyam and Krishna opened the bowling for Canary Wharf and were able to put pressure form the start. The scoring rate was below the 6 runs per over,  and the mounting pressure resulted in wickets for Shyam. A brilliant performance from Faysal was pivotal for Tower Hamlets, he was the pick of the batsmen and was consistent with the batting for over 18 overs. The turning point in the game was when he lost his wicket to Konark. Post the wickets of Faysal the tower hamlets were bowled out for 183/9. Pick of the bowlers were Konark 3-26, Shyam 2-39.  Canary wharf won by 73 runs courtesy a strong batting, bowing performance and over 50 wides bowled by the opposition. 


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