Lions Development Do It for Bobby
Lancashire Lions VICC Development v Durham VICC on 18th May report.
The Development side took on Durham VICC on another hot day with a surprise guest paying a visit to watch the match as LCB's Managing Director, Bobby Denning showed his support for the club both on and off the field.
After draws against Yorkshire and Derbyshire Owls in their previous fixtures the Lions were determined to finish off the job and make the hard work count.
Captain Arslan Sabir won the toss and elected to bowl and he ensured Durham wouldn’t get off to a good start by removing their opener in his first over as the batsman chopped on. Durham soon found themselves two down as Philippa Swettenham continued her great bowling form as she picked up the no 3 batsman.
Durham fought back with a 50 run partnership and reached the 100 mark in the 18th over. With the partnership building Amjad Khan was brought on as he struck straight away to remove Emma Gilfoil for 22. An excellent bowling spell from Martin Robson making his debut left the batsmen bamboozled with his line and length. Durham eventually closed their innings on 180-3 (30 overs) setting the Lions a 181 victory target from 20 overs.
After enjoying another fantastic cricket tea laid on by Mrs Jasmine Bilkees and a warm speech from Bobby the Lions started the innings in fine form as Tahseen Sabir smashed the Durham bowling all over the park as he reached 61 before being caught as he became the second victim of the innings. The pressure continued to be piled on as Jim Currie hit a quick fire 30. With still another 30 runs needed off 24 balls Rashid Khan (15) ensured the victory as he powered home the side with an over to spare.
It was another satisfactory batting performance with room for improvements in the bowling and fielding departments to ensure standards don’t drop as we chase a third consecutive title.
Amjad Khan (Lancashire Lions VICC)
Lancashire Lions Visually Impaired Cricket Club fixtures can be found at: Lancashire Lions VI CC Fixture 2014.