The Lord’s Taverners v Fly Emirates XI
Venue: St. George’s School, Windsor Castle
FLY EMIRATES XI – 205 for 7 32 overs
LORD'S TAVERNERS XI – 208 for 2 25 overs
RESULT: The Lord's Taverners won by 8 wickets
The Indian summer of a week or two ago was but a fond memory and with the atrocious weather in early June we were indeed lucky to play in the glorious setting beneath Windsor Castle.
To date, the Fly Emirates XI had a lead in the series of 14 wins to the Taverners 8 and were undoubtedly confident of adding to their victories. However Steve Kirby took 3 early wickets which set the visitors back, but Khurram Khan, the current Captain of the UAE made a rapid 47, whilst Amjed Javed stabilised the innings with 69 not out and Nizel Fernandes scored a runnable 45 to give the visitors a respectable total of 205 for 7 in the 32 overs. Brendan Cole was delighted to take a wicket in his first game for the team.
The Taverners reply was fluent and Steve Davies, fresh from an abortive call up to the full England team, scored a rapid 28 and Paul Nixon was equally capable with 38 before falling to a good boundary catch, but Gareth Batty, who opened the innings, and Vince Wells put together a match winning partnership of 80, with Gareth Batty finishing on 70 not out and Vince Wells 47 not out, thus sparing our all-rounders usual challenging task of battling against the odds to achieve a victory. The visitors were inhibited by constant drizzle during the Taverners innings and conditions which were quite alien to the normal weather that is usual in Dubai and this was a distinct disadvantage to our visitors, but it means that the Silver Dhow will remain the Taverners possession until March 2013 at the earliest.
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