Taqwa CC maintained there 100% record after a hard fought 3 wicket victory against London CC. London CC won the toss and elected to bat and after losing 3 early wickets Khalid Mahmood (72) and Asif Khan (35) steadied the innings and appeared to lay the foundations for a big London CC score. But as in previous games, Taqwa CC fought back as spinners Rajnish Dohal (3-29) and Ramesh Gunalan (2-13) took vital wickets and London CC were all out for 207 in the 37th over.
In reply, Taqwa CC made a terrible start losing 3 early wickets. But an excellent partnership between Mervin Westfield (84) and Sumit Sharma (52) saw Taqwa home in the 38th over for a hard fought victory.
London Stallions remain in 2nd place after an impressive 3 wicket victory against Force Asia. Force Asia batting first scored 214 all out with all the top 5 reaching double figures but no one went past 41. Muhammed Faisal took 5 for 24. In reply, London Stallions reached the target in the 37th over.
Aztecs CC remain in third place after a 20 run defeat against East London CC. East London won the toss and elected to bat and posted a decent total of 229 for 9 in 40 overs. In reply, Aztecs had a great start as both openers Eklabya Ghost(42) and Aditiya Nair (88) scored heavily but once they departed the rest of the innings fell away and Aztecs were bowled out in the 39th over.
Clifton CC won the battle at the bottom after 29 run victory against bottom side Kothi CC. Clifton won the toss and elected to bat and scored 171 with Yasser Rafique top scoring with 51, Irfarn Ilyas too 3 wickets for Kothi CC. In reply, Kothi CC lost early wickets and never really looked like reaching the Clifton target. Khalid Mahmood (5-21) did the damage with ball removing the top, middle and lower order.
Hyderabad Friends CC continued there impressive season with a 66 run victory against London 2 CC. Hyderabad won the toss and elected to bat and scored 281 for 5 in 40 overs. In reply, London CC were in the game for most parts but chasing 281 was always going to be challenge and so it proved as they were all out for 215 in the 38th over.
Aryana CC remain in second place after a 28 run victory against Etihad CC. Aryana won the toss and elected to bat and scored 181 with Zaki Zazai top scoring with 66, Faiaz Kasia taking 4 wickets. In reply, Etihad had an awful start and at one stage were 62 for 7 but a brilliant 97 by Faiaz Kasia with 12 fours and 5 sixes almost took Etihad home. In the end, once Faiaz departed the innings succumb to 153 in 36 overs to give Aryana victory.
Pak Lions CC quietly moved into third place after a 7 wicket victory against Aztecs 3 CC. Aztecs batted first and scored 103 in 34 overs and Pak Lions reached the target in 14 overs for the loss of 3 wickets to gain 22 valuable points.
Finally, Amez CC remain fourth after a much needed 5 wicket victory against E-4 CC. E-4 batted first and scored 163 with Balraj Verma top scoring with 81, Hamza Jolly took 4 for 33 for Amez. In reply, all the Amez batsman contributed and made a difficult total look simple which sets up a thrilling last 4 games of the season..
GMCL Season 2017
GMCL 2016/17 6 Aside Indoor Cricket
1st April 2017 - Finals Night
Venue: Jack Carter Pavillion, The Drive, Ilford, IG1 3PS