York Cricket Region
The low scoring finale was somewhat surprising as some of the hottest bats around could be found in both teams. However, it must have been the overcast clouds that quieted the willows of those stepping to the middle, except for Metropolitan’s opener Dale Evans whose contribution of 55 was more than half of the asking response to the American league’s 95 all out in 28.2 overs.
Batting first the American League lost one of their openers H. Blades after just six minutes of play and the score on seven. Posting 33 for the second-wicket, the American League would reach 50 after 18 overs, with the five Metropolitan bowlers used holding a very stingy line, indeed. American’s top four batsmen were restricted to 62 runs in 20 overs, before the remaining seven batsmen crumbled at an average of 3.29 runs per contribution. It could have been worse had C. Collymore batting at number nine not contribute 12 before being run out. There were only 10 extras allowed by Metropolitan in the inning.
With the American League wickets falling at 7, 33, 42, 43, 65, 65, 65, 78 and 78, the American League was all out for 95. The top scorers were C. Thomas, 27, S. Skeete, 16, C. Williams, 15 and C. Collymore, 12. Bowling for Metropolitan: E. Gayle enjoyed figures of 6.2-3-6-3, while D. Evans 2 for 17 off 5 and M. Miller 2 for 25 off 6, along with B. McLeish 1 for 32, did the mopping up of the American League wickets.
With the bar for victory set below 100, Metropolitan behind the bat of Dale Evans set about the task purposefully, after losing two early wickets with only 18 runs on the board. Akeem Dodson failed to ignite after facing three deliveries, while C. Roye, despite facing one more delivery that Dodson, also failed to score. That left opener Evans, 55 (7x4s) and I. Thomas, 19 (2x4s) to reach the victory target, but not before O. Crawford had his say of 12, before being caught by C. Williams off the bowling of A. Gordon.
The American League’s bowler of the day was A. Gordon, capturing all three of the Metropolitan League wickets behind numbers=2 0of 5-0-31-3. Impressive figures but not enough to prevent Metropolitan from soaring to the 2008 Inter-League championship. The Metropolitan wickets fell at 13, 18, and 36, as the team reached 97, including 11 extras and the victory in 18.5 overs.
For senior Umpires Mohamed Baksh and Fitzroy Hayles it was a relative stroll in the park, as the Metropolitan champs wrapped up things with a bit of sunshine still peeking from behind the threatening clouds.
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