Taqwa CC finished top of the Premier Division, retained there title and remained unbeaten in the league with a 6 wicket victory against Runners-Up London Stallions. Stallions won the toss and elected to bat which seemed the wrong decision at the time as the top 5 batsman could only score 19. But an impressive counter attack from Qasir Mughal (45) and Muhammed Mansoor (56 no) saw Stallions end on 217 all out in only 27.1 overs. In reply, the Taqwa response was measured and although they lost a few early wickets Mervin Westfield (86) and the middle order saw the team home in the 30th over. Both Taqwa and London Stallions will be happy with there seasons.
Aztecs 2 CC made it seven wins for the season and finished third after a 10 wicket demolition of relegated Kothi CC. Kothi won the toss and batted first but were soon in trouble as the Aztecs bowlers made good use of a bowlers pitch. In the end Kothi were bowled out for just 96 in 32 overs which Eklabya Ghosh (63 no) and Aditiya Nair (28no) reached 14.2 overs. Aztecs will be happy with a third place finish but Kothi will be disappointed after being related after one season in the division.
East London CC finished in 4th place after their game against relegated Clifton CC were forfeited by the opposition. East London will be happy with the finish after an uneasy season and Clifton will be disappointed after a good season last year but with so many player changes this season it is not a surprise.
Force Asia CC and London CC finished in fifth and sixth places respectively after Force Asia beat London CC by 44 runs. Force Asia batted first after winning the toss and did well with six players reaching double figures to score 184 with Balbir Singh (65) top scoring. In reply, London CC never really got started and lost wickets all too easily and were finally bowled in the 31st over. Overall, Force Asia will be disappointed with the season and London CC will be happy with the finish.
Hyderabad Friends CC are GMCL division One for 2017 after win number twelve against E-4 CC. Not only was this win number 12 it also meant that they went thru the whole league season unbeaten. On Sunday, Hyderabad Friends on the toss and elected to bat and scored 186 all out in the 39th over. In reply, E-4 CC struggled with the bat and never looked like troubling the HFCC score and were bowled for just 105 in the 24th over. Both Hyderabad Friends and E-4 CC will be happy with the season.
Pak Lions United CC returned to the Premier Division after there game against Aztecs 3 was forfeited by the opposition. Pak Lions United have had a good season and got stronger as the season went on but will need to strengthen for next season. Aztecs 3 are sometimes just happy playing (Not a bad attitude).
Aryana CC finished the season in third place after a 6 wicket victory against London 2 CC. London CC won the toss and batted first but were no match for the Aryana bowlers as they were skittled out for just 69 in the 23rd over. In reply, Aryana reached the target in the 11th over but the disappointment of missing out on promotion will be hard for the players. London 2 will be happy with 2017 season.
Finally, Amez CC ended a disappointing season with a 147 run victory against Etihad CC. Amez won the toss and batted first to score 189 with 4 players going past 30, Mohammed Azhar (5-35) best bowler for Etihad. In reply, Eithad had an innings to forget as only one player reached double figures and seven batsman were bowled and this happened in 16 overs.
GMCL Season 2017
GMCL 2016/17 6 Aside Indoor Cricket
1st April 2017 - Finals Night
Venue: Jack Carter Pavillion, The Drive, Ilford, IG1 3PS