On a blustery Sunday (Feb 7) at the Alan Cooke Ground both the Patong and Island (ICC) cricket club teams were looking for a vital victory to boost their league standings.

Imiyaz

Going into the game, Patong were in 3rd while ICC were holding last position.

The toss was won by ICC who elected to bat first, however, they were soon in trouble as Pir Sami tore through their top order to leave them reeling at 17/3.

They were soon in further trouble as Mehra was stumped by Van Blerk off the bowling of Morton. Ravi Naik (25) put up some spirited resistance before he as well caught by Wetherell from his own bowling.

At 60/5 the ICC lower order had a lot of work to do in order to set a competitive score. However, the last 5 wickets fell in a procession with Wetherell, Sami and Raju sharing the wickets. ICC had been bowled out for 84 inside 23 overs with Sami 4/6 and Wetherell 4/15 being the pick of the overs.

As ICC took to the field they already had a look of resignation which was to prove to be well founded as Imtiyaz and Raju set about their attack and cruised to 59 in the 9th over before Raju was caught from the bowling of Darshan.

Izhar followed two balls later as he missed a straight one from Darshan and was bowled. This however proved to be only a blip as Neil Quail joined Imtiyaz who bought up his half century as the pair calmly guided Patong to their target inside 14 overs.

Stuart Hamilton

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