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08/08/2012 Silly Points vs Manchester Fire
Winning the toss and batting first Silly Points got off to the worst possible start by losing Schofield to the very first ball. However with Coxell (41), Beswick (40*) and some very impressive late hitting from Babar (48) Silly Points managed to make 150 off their 20. Manchester Fire didn't help themselves as wides were plentiful. Rajam was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-1-16 and Mechan picked up 2 early wickets in what turned out to be an expensive spell.
In reply Manchester Fire were never in the game as they could only muster 35 all out with no batsmen reaching double figures. C. Joy's figures were impressive only conceding 2 runs from his 3 overs and picking up a wicket (and also stinging the hands of Beswick behind the stumps). There was also 2 wickets each for Gardner and Babar in what was an all round impressive performance from the Silly Points.
KKR vs Hiatus 05/09/2012
Having removed geese **** from the wicket and surrounding square my assessment was this match could go ahead, with KKR winning the toss and electing to bat. Strong performances from Harrison (31) and Johnston (64*) helped KKR to a solid score of 123. Hiatus's bowling display was somewhat lacking however Beswick bowled nicely taking 2 wickets.
In reply a lack of LMS knowledge seemed to cost Hiatus from mounting any kind of run chase as there was two double plays in the first 10overs, with non of the top 6 making it into double figures. Taylor refused to let his side be bowled out making 33* as the last man however a lack of top order runs meant he had no real chance of getting the runs. There was economical bowling performances all round from the KKR bowlers who restricted Hiatus to 66, Law took a wicket and only went for 3 runs in his 4 and Evans and Johnston both took a wicket which contributed to a double play.
Tailenders vs Leap29 Lightning 16/08/2012
Batting first Leap29 made a steady start but lost 3 wickets in the first 5 overs, one of which was thanks to an impressive full length diving catch by Khokar. It was eventful start to the game as Cooke who opened the bowling had to go to hospital after splitting his finger open (It was a good chance for me to practice that first aid course I never did). So as Cooke was off the field with his paper cut and the Tailenders down to 7 Leap29 recovered their innings with an impressive knock of 47 from Butt and he was well supported by Taylor(13) and P. Wheeldon(11), with Leap29 finishing on 94-6 off 20. Pickles was the pick of Tailenders bowling with economical figures of 4-1-10.
In response the Tailenders seemed to be cruising with Rhodes(32) and Whitaker(25) looking imperious, however a game changing double play from Leap29 followed by 2 more wickets in the same over bowled by P. Wheeldon changed the game completely. So it was down to the last man Hari to make a go of it and he only fell 10 runs short making 20 in the process. So Tailenders were all out for 84 giving Leap29 an impressive victory.
Strength in Numbers vs Kenilworth Knight Riders - 09/08/2012 18:30
This game saw the two teams which have struggled this season against each other. KKR had only won 2 games this season before this, both against Strength in Numbers who had only won 3 games this season.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, and Strength in numbers were bowled out for 85. Over half of these runs were extras. Only A. Williamson really got going scoring 23 off 18 balls (all off the bat!).
In reply, Strength in Numbers started well taking four early wickets, but in the day N. Johnstone (40* off 19) and A Harrison (18* off 18) took the game home with over 5 overs to go, again assisted by a fair amount of extras.
Friends Sporting Club vs Stealth - 08/08/2012 18:30
The first quarterfinal saw the only unbeaten team in Manchester play an in form Stealth.
After electing to bat first, N Fen (24 off 20) and A Matthew (48 off 34) got to a decent start before good spells from F Subhani, I Abass and S Baig bowled good spells to keep Friends Sporting to a slightly below par 127 off their 20 overs.
In reply, Stealth got to a brilliant start, needing only 53 off the last 10 overs with 6 wickets including dangerous batsman S Baig and F Subhani. However, a spell by S Fernandez and S Kakkar totally turned the game on its head. As with every comeback, Friends Sporting managed to get a valuable double play. A fired up Friends Sporting managed to bowl Stealth out for 110, snatching victory from the jaw of defeat.
Next sees Friends Sporting face their toughest challenge to date, playing Team Manchester in the semi-finals.
Team Manchester vs Manchester Tigers
The tigers faced an uphill task against an unbeaten (this quater) Team Manchester on a sunny Thursday at Parrswood.
After winning the toss, captain A. Hussain elected to bat first. Tigers started steadily, reaching 33-1 after 6 overs. However, as S. Qasim departed, tigers struggled falling to 67-6 off 17 overs before captain A.Hussain and T. Mohammed helped put a below par 106-6 after 20 overs.
Team Manchester started steadily, reaching 37-1 after 7 overs with only skipper M. Ali having lost his wicket after chipping to mid-off. As Z. Mirza got bowled, the big hitters Anwar and Haq took Team Manchester to 92-2 off 12. As Anwar retired, Tigers confidence grew taking 3 catches for only 7 runs before world number 11, I. Mirza, came in and hit the winning runs with help from I. Rather.
With the last round of fixtures to be played in the next 7 days, Team Manchester have pretty much guaranteed the top spot.
Their last game is against The Magnificent Marauding Mongeese, the only team in England to have beat them before.
Manchester Tigers are out of contention for the North West champions league.
Manchester League Summary 2010
With 100% win rate the Magnificent Marauding Mongeese, led by Kevin Rogers-Davidson, were winners of the 2010 season. Notable performances from the Mongeese include Mark Law, Manchester's top batsman and bowler with an impressive 176% strike rate! To see more about Manchester's premier LMS team, click on the link: http://mongeese.net/
The Manchester Panthers represented Manchester and led the charge in the last 32 of the Champions League played at Regents Park, London. After a brave display, The Panthers were knocked out by Chris Pringle, who went on to play in the final at Lords and become English Champions! The last 32 event was filmed and some of our Manchester players were interviewed including Farrukh Subhani. Click on the following link: LMS TV Regents Park
In contrast to The Mongeese, Tail Enders came in with 100% loss rate but bravely took the beating in the proper spirit every game! Leading the 'stiff upper lip' approach was Captain, Jon Rymer who kept wicket superbly but at times was likened to Gordon Banks as he tried to save some wayward bowling from some members of the team! Martin Evans came in as Tail Enders best bowler and John Concannon led the batting! The late arrival in the season of 'old pro', Joe Wheeler , wasn't enough to save Tail Enders season!
Highlight of Manchester and Wirral LMS 2010 Season can be seen at the link: Manchester& Wirral Highlights
To see Mike Gatting and Wayne Greve talking about Last Man stands click on the following link:
We are now actively recruiting new teams to play in our Manchester League so please get in touch if you'd like to reserve a place in the league. We're also looking for players that would like to play but haven't got a team.
The match between Manchester Fire and League 29 concluded with the victory of League 29 by 4 wickets. Manchester Fire won the toss and decided to bat first, the openers of the team were Chris Harrison 8 ( 8) and Paul Scott 18(12). Sudan the first down batsman, played marvelous innings 51 runs of 35 balls. The bowlers of the Leap 29 Lightning , bowled quite well, the highest wicket taker were Suleman Butt 26/2 and Rob 25/2. The total score made by the Manchester Fire was 134/8.
The second inning was batted by Leap 29 Lightning , with the openers Ahmed Zaman 55 of 28 balls (not out) and Morrell 11 (10). Then the first down batsman got bowled on duck, the second down batsman Suleman Butt played brilliant innings making 50 of just 21 balls (not out). Overall League 20 made 135 run after losing 4 wickets in just 17 overs.MOM: S.Butt- 50(21) and 04-02-26.
Salford Hawks found themselves losing regular wickets and managed to stutter to 104 all out as a result of losing the last 4 wickets for just 7 runs and some fine fielding by BJL Tornados. Only Kamran Usmani(30) and Aijaz Shah(45) played notable innings proving runs were possible if the batsman played themselves in. Shaheed Abbass was the pick of the bowlers, producing 4 wickets for the expense of 29 runs.
In reply, Ijaz and Stott started brightly, nudging singles and scoring boundaries off the few loose deliveries bowled by the Salford Hawks. However, in the 7th over, Ijaz fell on the fourth ball with the score on 36. Bishop and Stott continued the steady batting till the 12th over where Stott played his first loose shot was caught out with the score on 57. The next two overs produced a wicket in each for the cost of 2 runs which meant when the rain came the Hawks were marginally ahead in terms of net run rate. Bhalreo was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 overs with 10 runs conceded and 2 wickets taken.
Man of the Match - Kamran Usmani 30 runs off 28 balls, 4 overs-15 runs-1 wicket.
Kenilworth Knight Riders vs Westridgeshire Jaguars
After winning the toss, Westridgeshire Jaguars decided to bat first.
The dangerous Subhani was bowled by an excellent second ball yorker from
started the rebuilding process taking quick singles and later on some big hitting bringing the score to a respectable 117-4 in the 19th over
with Zaka finally falling and Sohail retiring. Naveed and Haider lifted this score to 131. A below average score thanks to some brilliant fielding from
In reply, Kenilworth Knight riders never got started and were reduced to 51-7 before the solid
eventually being caught on the edge of the boundrey in the 19th over meaning
Man of the Match- Imran Sohail 50* (38) and 4 overs, 2 wickets, 16 runs
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