Big Boys are up for the Cup and Barbados 2015
Despite some close encounters there were no upsets in the cup matches at LMS Redbridge with all the big boys going through. Jamia East London Boys (125 for 4) lost to The Black Eagles (131 without lost) with Captain Nav Ali hitting yet another 50. In a close encounter between two second division teams it was nip and tuck all the way with Loxford Lions getting the better of Brothers United. The Lions batting first powered their way to 195 with Ashraf and Nasir hitting 50s. The Brothers were already 100 in the 11th over and looked likely to reach their target faltering in the closing overs to finish on 170 with Bashir and Usman scoring 50s. It was a noisy affair with lots of banter and great fun and friendly handshakes at the end – Last Man Stands at its best.
In other close encounters Kerry Packer Clique waved a magical wand to prevent East London overhauling their low total of 123. Needing 45 off the last 9 overs the Clique looked buried for the first upset of the cup, then by some mystical bowling managed to keep the Eagles to 117. The magician was Alex Ward with 3 wickets for 5 runs from 2 overs. As if that was not enough PAK Warriors from division 2 took on Traditional Corsairs in a friendly blood sweat and tears match. The Corsairs batted first to finish on 120 and it looked all too easy for the Warriors until the last over, when with only 7 runs required the Warriors batsman turned a ball to square leg which hit the helmet of the outgoing batsman which was left on the ground. Warriors ran 3 but the Officials ruled that they had defaulted resulting in a dot ball and they ended up losing by 2 runs. In others matches Ilford Scorchers (149) won easily over Lankan Stars (87) with Atif scoring 50 for the Scorchers and Desi Sloggers (112) made light work of Ilford Knightriders (111). Earlier on Eight Indians (212) hammered Royal Panters (117) for the easiest of wins. Staan Stallions forfeited their match versus Chakwal Stars.
We are now into the Quarter finals stages of the Cup competitions with only Loxford Lions from division 2 remaining among the big boys, they will play Kerry Packer Clique next week. Other fixtures will see The Black Eagles take on Desi Sloggers and Traditional Corsairs play Eight Indians.
LMS Regional Competition
The draw has been made for the regional and as previously notified the top team from LMS Redbridge will play the competition on 31 August in Barnes, South West London. All teams pushing for the top spot should take note and be ready to play the regional with the winner going to the nationals and a chance to win £5,000 towards Barbados 2015 World Champs.
Barbados 2015 World Champs
We are still looking at ways to get at least one team from Redbridge to Barbados for the World Champs in March 2015. If your team have any interest please discuss with me as places are limited and we need to look at confirming the entry and any help with funding. Also individuals can join the Barbarians team and head to Barbados. Please see all details below and feel free to discuss with me any interest whatsoever you may have in taking part in the LMS World Champs with team from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and others heading for Barbados – Are You?
National Cricket Playing Survey
The National Cricket Playing Survey offers players from the age of 14 upwards the chance to have your say and influence the future of cricket at grassroots level. Last year more than 21,000 current and former players responded to the survey, and ECB, County Cricket Boards, Leagues and Clubs are already acting on the comprehensive and wide-ranging feedback received, introducing new formats, rule changes, different start times, shorter travel distances to matches and greater opportunities for women, girls and people with a disability to play the game.
It will take less time than a cricket tea to tell us who you play for, what you love about the game and how best we can improve your experience of the sport. By completing the survey you will have the chance to win prizes including signed bats, shirts and pairs of tickets to an England v India Royal London One Day International. Please see the link below to complete the survey and thank you in advance for doing so.
Post Author: Ian Selby, Manager Last Man Stands – Redbridge