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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.
 
 

Silly Points (147/6) bt Geographers (77 all out) by 70 runs.

Wednesday’s fixture at Parr’s Wood against a strong Silly Points side always looked to be a tough task for the Geographers as they sought to keep up their Division 2 title challenge. Silly Points’ imposing total of 147 was too many to chase on a slow outfield for a side without key batsman, talisman, and serial run-out offender Tom Langridge who was called up for Umpiring duties (*some artistic licence thrown in). 

A brutal 73* from 38 balls from C Joy provided the bulk of SP’s runs, though he was ably supported by skipper Barbar’s 32. Simon Taylorpicked up two wickets for Geographers, and Evans and Masood bowled well without reward. In reply, Geographers’ batsmen struggle to make the sort of scores required to chase a large total - 5 batsmen got into the teens, but none were able to go on against a very strong bowling attack as Geographers were dismissed for 77.

Kenilworth Knight Riders vs Tailenders 6:30 25/07 Manchester Div 2

After not being able to negotiate the toss (like last week), Rymer won the toss and elected to field first. KKR struggled to put an innings together due to excellent bowling by Pickles, Cook and Talbot. Only Johnstone managed to put up some fight with 44 off 23 balls. Even overseas pro, McElwee could only manage one run off three balls before getting bowled out to a magical slower ball by man of the match Talbot (4 overs 4 wickets for 2 runs).

In reply, defending only 58 Musson managed to fire his men up and limit the opposition to 15-3 off 5 overs before Talbot (32*) and Pickles (14*) formed a match winning partnership, winning the game off the first ball of the 13th over. Had KKR held onto one of the three opportunities presented, the game could have been different.

Many congratulations to both teams who fought hard and improved massively since the start of the season. Good luck in the happy hitters competition.

Tailenders vs Manchester University Geographers, Pitch 3, 18th July.

After negotiating the toss, Manchester University Geographers got to a slow start. With Besser, Concannon and Rob from Chorley back in the hut, the Geographers had only 61 runs after 14 overs. However, some brilliant running between the wickets between the Langbridge and Howell elevated the Geographers to 108 which was seen above par due to the damp outfield and long grass on the off side. Stand out performances were Y. Howell with 49(having been run out on the second to last ball) and excellent bowling by Cooke and Rymer.

In reply, Geographers seemed to be ahead of the game limiting Tailenders to 28-4 off 7 overs however a brilliant partnership between Pickles (44* off 36) and Robinson (40* off 28) brought the game home in the last over. Standout bowling performances from Kokher (3-11), S. Taylor (1-15) and Howell (0-12).

Division 2 Manchester University Vs Tail Enders (16.6.11.) Amit Tiwari

In an interesting match Manchester University (158/6) defeated by Tail Enders (159/6) by one run. After winning toss, Tail Enders decided to bat first, they started well with Tolbat 41(28) and Ian Whittaker 47(22) .After losing the three quick wicket as Tolbat, Whittaker and Taylor 04(03) , a good partnership of 40 runs  build between Paul Anwyl and James Devany which provide them a good score of 159 in 20 overs. Bessar Dany took three wicket 04-03-23 and one wicket each shared by James Clarke, Edward and Miland .Chasing a high score of 159 (Required run rate-7.95), Manchester fire started strongly with Dan Musson 21(17) and Rob From-chorley 44(22), after losing three quick wicket the match went into favour of Tail Enders but a brilliant inning played by Miland 44(16) again turned the match and due to lack of enough support from other end Manchester University managed to score 158 /6 in 20 overs ad lost match by 1 run. MOM: Ian Whittaker – 47(22), 04-03-37.

Division 2 Manchester Fire Vs Leap29 Lightning (16.6.11.)

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.


 

Division 1: Magnificent Marauding Mongeese Vs Kenilworth Knight Riders.

The mighty Mongeese marched on in this encounter and kept up their 100% record! Scoring 161 in bat, disappointing by their standards encoutered a talented bowling team., Carrick, Johnstone, Locke and Greg all taking a wicket but still costly in terms of runs. Mark Law hit 53 before retiring leaving a disappointed Adam Horan caught at 49!

The Knight Riders facing what could have been an embarrassing score having lost 3 wickets and scored just 7 runs after 6 overs clawed back to 95 runs thanks to performances by tail enders including  Andrew Harrison and Dan Musson .

Last Man Stands wishes all the best to Robb Ladd who is off on his travels to foreign shores!

MOTM: Captain Conway for an outstanding bowling performance!

Division 1 ManchesterUniversity Nomads Vs Westryidgeshire Jaguars 6.6.11.

In an interesting match Manchester University Nomads defeated Westridgeshire Jaguars by 1 wicket. After winning the toss Nomads captain Ben Walker decided to bowl first. With slow start Jaguars lost their opener batsman Kakkar Shasvat wicket  when he scored just 9(10).But the partnerships between Sohail Imran (Captain) and Naveed Iqbal 35(19) , Dadi Ali 23(15) and Imran Zaka gave jaguars a competitive score of 118(6) in 20 overs . From Nomads side Hennry lee 4-2-14, Ben Walker 3-2-18 share two wickets each and one wicket each goes in pocket of Loyd and Fritz. Chasing a score of 119(20), Nomads lost their wickets in regular interval of time but the Last man stand Inning by Joe Fritz, who scored 27*(19) pull Nomads to winning side. MOM: Imran Sohail, Bowling = 4-4-28, Run Scored-19(12).

 

 

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:

http://www.ecbtv.co.uk

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.

Contact john@lastmanstands.co.uk

 

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 Harrison. Shayan Imran, Haider Kohker and Shasvat Kakkar soon joined Subhani after playing some very loose shots with the score being 27-4 after 9 overs. Zaka and Sohail 
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 Kenilworth.

In reply, Kenilworth Knight riders never got started and were reduced to 51-7 before the solid Harrison saved his team from blushes with some excellent stroke play before
eventually being caught on the edge of the boundrey in the 19th over meaning Kenilworth scored 80 all out.

Man of the Match- Imran Sohail 50* (38) and 4 overs, 2 wickets, 16 runs
 

 

Salford Hawks vs Tornados:

 

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 Harrison. Shayan Imran, Haider Kohker and Shasvat Kakkar soon joined Subhani after playing some very loose shots with the score being 27-4 after 9 overs. Zaka and Sohail 

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 Kenilworth.

 

In reply, Kenilworth Knight riders never got started and were reduced to 51-7 before the solid Harrison saved his team from blushes with some excellent stroke play before

eventually being caught on the edge of the boundrey in the 19th over meaning Kenilworth scored 80 all out.

 

Man of the Match- Imran Sohail 50* (38) and 4 overs, 2 wickets, 16 runs

 

 

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