North East London Cricket League
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Pacific seal first win; while Fields and St Clements maintain pressure on League leaders


Pacific's Chris Duncan, who scored 78

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Pacific (215/8) record first win of the season over Bloody Lads (213 all out) with a 2 victory
Pacific recorded their first North East London League victory of the season with a win over Bloody Lads at London Fields. Lads elected to bat first and raced to 213 but were bowled out in 33.5 overs. The dangerous James Mulvey hit a quickfire 53 thanks to some wayward opening bowling, and Patrick Alexander (32), Joe Ridout (21) and Karl Mathieson (26) also contributed. Ahmed Hussain finished with 3 for 16 off 4.5 overs; James Soden 1 for 40 off 8 overs; Tim Garrett 2 for 57 off 6; and Toby Chasseaud 1 for 23 off 5.
When it was Pacific's turn to bat, some big hitting by Chris Duncan (78) and a particularly aggressive Jack Malnick (64 not out) helped them home with two wickets to spare. John Deighan (18) and Toby Chasseaud (22) also chipped in.

London Fields (83/9) edge Royal Sovereign (82 all out) by 1 wicket in low run thriller

It was always going to be an important game for LFCC against Royal Sovereign considering Royal Sovereign have won the two previous encounters. The weather was perfect conditions for a game of cricket at Millfields Park.

Royal Sovereign were obviously feeling confident as they won the toss and chose to bat first, hoping to build some scoreboard
pressure. This confidence didn't last long though as Laurie and Perry (who was on his league debut), started to build pressure after a few looseners. The Sov opening pair were obviously looking to make an impression from the start as they were dealing in boundaries but it wasn't long before Laurie tempted their opener to play one leg side clip too many and snuck one past his bat, onto his pads and to disturb his leg stump.

Once the first wicket fell, the game started picking up some pace. Perry honed in on a good line and length and got the opposition No.3 to edge to Vijay behind the stumps for 1. The remaining opener only managed to reach the boundary a few more times before Laurie got him feathering another edge through to Vijay.

The 4 next batsmen came and went without troubling the scorer, 2 of them going to Perry, 1 to Chris but the pick of the wickets went to a run out by Muffi. Perry managed to get a little extra bounce and find the top edge of one of their best batsman which sent the ball straight up towards short square leg. Unfortunately neither Vijay behind the stumps, Troy at mid-on or Muffi at deep square leg could get a hand to it. Fortunately, Muffi scooped up the ball and fired it towards the stumps. With only one stump to aim at, he got a direct hit with the batsman well out of his ground, bemused as to what had just happened to him.

After all this action, the Sov “gun” batsman settled down and started farming the strike, knowing that it would be up to him to drag his team to a respectable score. This was short lived as Chris trapped him in front which signalled that the end was near for their innings. Perry had their final batsman caught to give him a fifer on debut and set the target at 83 runs.

LFCC were hoping for the opening pair to score a steady 30-40 runs and take the game away from Royal Sovereign, however, this wasn’t the case. With both openers back in the shed by the end of the second over, there were signs that this was going to be a tight contest.

Vijay and Hitesh looked to consolidate but some good fielding at third man and some questionable running between the wickets found Vijay well out of his ground. LFCC collapsed further with George and Muffi not troubling the scorer and leaving LFCC struggling at 21-6. Troy joined Dawhal at the crease and looked to steady the ship and grind out the win. By the time
Troy departed for a well worked 12, less than 20 runs were needed. Laurie tried to finish the game quickly with some booming cover drives but came unstuck when trying to lift a short length ball over the slips, only to find the slips instead. Despite the best efforts of their strike bowler, who ended with impressive figures of 8-5-7-4, Dawhal guided the tail and sealed the game with
a six. It was a tough but well deserved win set up by LFCC.

St Clements (269/9) comfortably beat Camel (141 all out) by 158 runs

On a fine but cloudy day St Clements produced a strong batting performance with Momin leading the charge hitting a fantastic 66, well supported early on by Waqas (24). After they departed St Clements continued to add to their score through the middle order before strong hitting from Pushpinder (50 not out) and Nadeem (25) made sure St Clements posted a strong score of 269 for 8 in 40 overs.

Camel CC made a decent start in reply thanks to opener Sam Berkson and Matt Hoslin (43) helping get the Camel score to 124-5, but a strong comeback led by the excellent Arslan 4-16 in 7 overs and devastating bowling from Nadeem 4-7 in 4 overs pegged the away team back and St Clements recorded their second win of the season.


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