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Clapton and Tower Hamlets both win, while Sov march on


Week 15 Round-up

Sovereign (202 - all out) overcome collapse to down Daman (86 - all out) by 126 runs

Royal Sovereign continued their late-season charge with a thumping 126-run victory over Daman on a hot and fiery Millfields Saturday.

Erage Alexander (62) and Luke Browne (15) got the Sov off to a blistering start after winning the toss and raced to 87 without loss from the first 10 overs. The runs (and extras) continued to flow after both openers were caught behind, and the Sov found themselves in the uncharted waters of 195-3 with another 11 overs still left to run up an intimidating total. The sublime, however, was soon to turn to the ridiculous. 

The part-time scorer was too busy admiring Oli French’s (46?) languid strokeplay to record his actual runs properly, but he was somewhere in the 40s when he was run out for the second time in as many games, sparking the spontaneous combustion of the Sovereign innings. With padded-up batsmen and forward defensives in suddenly short supply, a manic 3-over spell saw seven wickets fall for just seven runs, with the Sov tail bamboozled by the exotic angles of Imran’s (6-29) left-arm spin. A defensible total was posted, but with such a juddering momentum swing, the Sovereign sideline took little solace from their first crossing of the treacherous 200-run bridge this season.

Daman looked to make an aggressive start in reply, but Jamie Wells (4-37) soon had the wind back in the Sovereign sails as the ball nipped, tucked and cut into the top order, including the dangerous Uves (32). Perhaps thinking it better to burn out than fade away, successive batsmen entered the fray in search of elusive 400 strike rates; this kept Daman up with the run rate but behind the Duckworth-Lewis as wickets tumbled in clumps, including two consecutive stump-splatterings from Lucius Fulgence (2-20).
The middle order finally escaped Wells’ frying pan but found only the fire of Matt Spurr, whose rapid 3-1 in 9 balls cleaned up for the Sov – the final scorched-earth scorecard showing seven bowleds, five ducks, 86 runs and 19.3 overs. Job done for the Sovereign, who wait a few weeks before their league finale against The Camel, where they’ll hope to avoid a hat-trick of contentious ties in the NELCL’s only remaining pub vs pub showdown. Daman take on league newcomers Pacific as they try to move back up the table.

Tower Hamlets (255 - 9) see off Pacific (254-10) by 1 wicket in high scoring thriller

Pacific CC elected to bat in glorious august sunshine. Their innings got off to tremendous start, such a good start that after 15 overs they had reached 116 with onlyone wicket down at 7.73 runs per over. A team effort from Hamlets was required to halt the fast paced scoring . Up stepped Mohammed Islam (Tower Hamlets 3rd Team captain) and Mizan Ahmed whose spin bowling effort from both ends saw the fall of 4 wickets in the next 7 overs giving only 19 runs away. This meant Pacific CC were brought down to 135 for 5 in 22 overs. Mohammed Islam ended with 2 for 46 in 8 overs and Mizan Ahmed ended with 2 for 32 in 8 overs. This was followed by a miserly spell from Ahammad Rabby who came back for his second spell and gave away only 13 runs off 4 overs while also 2 wickets.
The Tower Hamlets inning mirrored Pacific's in many aspects with Mohammed Islam and Charlie Chalinor starting the fight back.  This partnership raised 134 runs in 18 overs at 7.44 runs per over the bulk of which was scored by Charlie Chalinor with terrific pace. This meant that the team were now 147 for 2 after 21 overs. However, Chalinor missed his deserved hundred falling on 91 (having hit 14 fours and 2 sixes). A devasting spell from Pacific's James Sodden saw the Hamlets pegged back. Sodden took a burst of 4 wickets and ended with an impressive performance of 5 for 39 in 7.1 overs with an economy of 5.44 runs per over. A plucky lower order effort saw Tower Hamlets scrape over the line with just one wicket remaining. 

Clapton (167/7) see off Stoke Newington (166 all out) winning by 3 wickets inside 34 overs

After the usual trials and tribulations of getting a team together in the middle of the holiday season, it was low scoring but highly entertaining match. Stoke Newington batted first and were bowled out for 166 within 30 overs by some disciplined bowling from Clapton. In reply, an early clatter of wickets by Zahn saw the Clapton’s first four batsman dismissed for 15 runs between them. But some solid lower middle order batting from Mitch and Ivo saw Clapton home with 6 overs to spare. 

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