GB Strikers crowned kings of the East London Cricket League
- Credit: Archant
GB Strikers were crowned North East London Cricket League champions after making it eight wins from 10 matches with a nine-wicket triumph over the Camel.
The championship was already assured after nearest rivals Coaches & Horses lost to fourth-placed GBCC, but the Strikers put on a scintillating display with both bat and ball to cap a fine season.
After the Strikers had won the toss and sent the Camel in to bat, Shokat Bhuta and Yusuf Kaidawala had the best figures in what was an excellent bowling performance, as the Camel were dismissed for 57 in 20.5 overs. Only Sam Meredith (13) put up any sort of resistance.
In reply, Zubair Ghardiwala (55 not out) made short work of the chase, almost reaching the target entirely on his own as the Strikers completed a comprehensive victory.
Elsewhere on the final day of the season, London Fields chased down Royal Sovereign’s target of 185 to win despite being without a number of their frontline bowlers.
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Stoke Newington were beaten by GBCC after Qari Naim Budi and Javid Mulla’s 46-run partnership helped their side reach a target of 117 in just over 19 overs.
Funt Drummond (30) and Dilnawaz Ali (36) were the pick of the batsmen in Stoke Newington’s innings, but excellent bowling from Imtiyaaz Mulla resulted in a dramatic collapse.
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Finally, Bloody Lads overturned Baring Up to ensure a victorious end to their second NELCL season on the North Marsh.
The Lads restricted the home side to 189 from 40 overs, despite Mitchell Greenham’s best efforts in reaching 47. In replay, opener Alex Gibson made 29 before James Grindrod (67 not out) and Rizwan Siddiqui (57 not out) took centre stage, as Lads cantered to a seven-wicket win.