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15/15 Cup Final 2008
The 15/15 final really lived up to it’s billing as a great game, played between two very good teams in front of around 90 people at the stadium in Tias, Sunday 16th March Lanzarote C.C. opened the batting but got off to a stuttering start, a drop fortunately going down in the first over and sluggish on the run rate. St. George’s definitely seemed on top as the wickets started to fall after the forth over though a dropped catch then seemed to give Lanzarote a second wind as they started finding the boundaries and upped the run rate. Suki top scored with a rapid 46 off the bat before being run out. 132 for 6 is how the innings finished, Dave ‘Brownie’ Brown taking 2 wickets for 13 runs and game on with a required run rate at just under 9 runs an over. Despite the tight bowling we have come to expect from Lanzarote C.C. the St. George’s openers set off at a lightning rate of 11 runs an over, good stroke play and quick running between the stumps set the standard and a partnership ofaround 70 runs. Then as one wicket fell, 3 more went down in quick succession for a mere 8 runs. The game swung back in Lanzarote’s favour as they picked up the heat on the batsmen, the pressure building after each ball. With the crowd totally engrossed in yet another classic game, 11 runs were required from the final 12 deliveries. John ‘the Colonel’ Hardy held his nerve as 5th bat keeping the Captain on strike where possible and the winning runs were dispatched with one over remaining. Des ‘the Cap’ Stonier 70 not out in a mercurial display of batting, Sonu taking 2 wickets for 20, hats off to everyone involved in the game, thanks to Danny and Geoff for umpiring and all involved in organizing the tournament.


2nd Semi Final
A fantastic game of cricket once again between two of the old rivals which came down to the very last over. Playa Blanca won the toss and elected to bat in this second 15/15 semifinal, sending in the Steve and Steve double act to open, and boy did they do that setting their team well on the way smashing St. George’s opening bowlers all over the park and looking to put the game out of reach. It took until the 8th over for the fielding side to make an impact, and by the end of the 15 overs had bowled one and catches taken for the other 2 wickets. 1 hour gone, 15 overs played, Playa Blanca were sitting on a healthy 136/3 with 40+ runs a piece for the openers. St. George’s started off slowly in bat, restrained by some great opening bowling and looking at a run rate of ten an over by the 4th over. The Captain and Vice Captain held their creases well until Des hooked a high shot which resulted in a great outfield catch. Still anyone’s game though with the talismanic Dave Brown getting his eye in and looking more and more confident. St. George’s lost 2 more wickets to some great fielding before ‘Stocky’ (the keeper) stepped up to the crease with around 3 overs left to bowl and 20 odd runs required. Nathan held his nerve and played a great supporting role for Brownie to hit the winning runs with only 2 or 3 balls remaining and carrying his bat for 78. A great game played in a great spirit, keeping players and spectators on the edge of their seats to the end. Next game the final – Lanzarote C.C. vs. St. George’s C.C. If it’s anywhere as good as this one it’ll be a treat for any cricket lover – see you there.


Cup Weekend
What a Sunday, Playa Blanca beat Fishermans and Lanzarote beat Diablos. Pre-season reports from the south of the island had Playa Blanca struggling to get a side together, wernt they wrong. Playa Blanca played great and but for a good opening stand for the Fishermans the southerners were in total command. I’m still upset at our result having lanzarote at 81 for 6 with 3 overs to go suki hit 5 6´s including 20 off the last over.chasing 116 a slow start hindered us, with a questionable 1st wicket which the other umpire would have called a wide, leg before was appealed for by the 3rd man,who appealed for everything even when we scored boundries and the finger went up. I apologise for my reaction but I know I was not out. Maybe more during the week if i have got my thorts together.


Wasn´t planning on writing anything till after Sundays games but have been accused of brown nosing in my last report, to put it straight I will give praise where praise is due but will also voice my opinion aswell, but will show some deccorum in my news page. During St Georges game I mentioned that Los Diablos would have a good season and was told by a bragging rival team that we are a 2man team, James and Craig. All the teams have their strong players but without their team mates they will not win every game. St Georges have Des and Brownie as big players Lanzarote have Frankie and Suki, Dishermans have danny and Jamie and new boys the Commitments have Paul and Rhys(our league sponsers NATURALLY FLOORS)and all will tell you without 11 players on the pitch you will struggle. Ian our captain and Jon our mentor(or should that be mental)have got a good squad of team players to pick from,3 very good bowlers and 3 decent bowlers and 9 batsmen who could each score plenty of runs. I’mm not saying we will win all and sundry but we will give all the so called strong teams a good match. Enough ranting from me, email me at lanzadave1@hotmail.com if you want any subjects raised.


Sundays 15/15 match, Fishermans v Playa Blanca was postponed due to pitch availability. Jack Talbot organises the fixtures for the season, 15/15, knock out cup, the league and play offs, getting pitches is allways going to be hard when dealing with the ayuntimientos, how superman Jack manages to get things organised is beyond belief, Thursday eve football training, Friday night girls football which they won 20-0(my daughter scoring 4), Saturday morning supervising 2 matchs, dodgy refing 1of them, and then batting for the colts side on Sunday, he deserves the thanks of all us sports lovers. Getting back to Sundays game, a big opening stand for St Georges, 50+ for both Joe and Des killed the game for a gallent colts side who were never going to reach St Georges total. The colts are the future of cricket on this small island and with Jacks guidence the future is looking good. More ramblings from me next week with hopfully the 15/15 semis complete.Good luck to all playing this Sunday and our best wishes to Diablos reject Darren(of La Cabana fame)who at the time of this being written is undergoing surgery on a badly damaged shoulder, good luck mate we need you back playing soon so Jon can be kept interested in the games against Fishermans.

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