City Lions CC v Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 1st X1 on Sun 06 Oct 2013 at 9am
Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Won SACC retain title in a tight finish.

Match report
The Final,
Batting first SACC set about the Lions attack and runs came at a rapid 5 runs per over with out loss with a large target in mind SACC reached 93 from 18 before Spencer was caught. Ward again fell foul of Ali and was run out. Crompton and Ali carried on scoring runs at 5 an over but Ali(81) fell LBW. 138 for 3 at the 30 over mark. Then Crompton played around one and was bowled. Shahzad came and went, Roper fell to, suddenly SACC are in trouble at 143 after only 2 more overs. Laundon and Mohib then played very sensible and carried the total past the 200 mark, Mohib showing the way reaching 55 before the end.
A below par SACC score of 227 was set and now the boys have to defend it.
Over a delightful tea SACC decided to go about things in a different way and open with Spencer and Shahzad thinking spin would win the day, first ball left the park as did the 5th. 13 from 1. Never one´s to panic SACC stuck to the plan and only 3 came from the second 7 from the 3rd and the breakthrough in the 4th, Ali taking Tanveed. Another quick wicket as Amir fell LBW and the game looked back in SACC control 30 for 2 from 5. the Lions team carried on playing with gusto and 60 runs came up in the 10th over for the loss of 1 more wicket Crompton taking a good catch to remove Naveed. Always up with the run rate the introduction of SACC star bowler, 75 year old Paul Taylor, who is awaiting his knee replacement operation, struck fear into the Lions and the run rate slowed and wickets fell as Taylor and Crompton took control with the ball. Taylor, as ever, returning the best figures of the day with 4 for 22 from 9. 60 needed from the last 8 and Laundon and Roper having the work to do as the City lions still had 3 wickets left. The City Lions should have won the game but never seem to learn that single runs count, still trying to spank the ball out the ground, a good catch in the deep and 2 ridicules run outs left SACC still holding the Spanish champions cup and The City Lions visible disappointed with every thing in sight.
The game was marred by a shocking refusal to receive the runners up trophy from CE officials.

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 1st X1 Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 22w 2b 2lb 
for 7 wickets

(45.0 overs)
Mark Spencer Caught  30
M. Shafique Ali Lbw  81
Grahame Ward Run out  5
Gary Crompton Bowled  10
Muhammad Shahzad Caught  3
Kevin Laundon Run out  15
Jamie Roper Bowled  55
Mohib Hussain Dhabyana  
Antonio Gomez Brown  
Waqar Ashraf  
Paul Taylor  

City Lions CC Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

City Lions CC Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
10w 6b  
for 10 wickets
226 (45.0 overs)
Naveed Caught  35
Tanveed Caught  8
Amir Lbw  0
Tansin Caught  69
Saqib Bowled  13
Khuram Bowled  5
Aadnan Run out  27
Faisal Caught  32
Khan Run out  13
Naseer Not Out  0
Qais Lbw  8

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 1st X1 Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Mark Spencer7.0043143.006.14
Muhammad Shahzad8.0045222.505.63
Mohib Hussain Dhabyana3.001600.005.33
Paul Taylor9.002245.502.44
Gary Crompton9.003800.004.22
Kevin Laundon5.003500.007.00
Jamie Roper4.0021121.005.25