May 20 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 31, 2012
Ilford 222 all out lost to Colchester & East Essex 97-5 by five wickets
Ilford skipper Maz Malik was left a frustrated man after the net run-rate system saw his side beaten by Colchester & East Essex on Saturday.
Ilford built up a good score of 222 all out after 48.5 overs, with Malik and Nigel Jacobs top-scoring with 59 runs apiece.
Babu Veetil and Abir Chippa contributed 30 and 28 runs respectively as the visitors did well with the bat.
However, with play interrupted by a heavy rain shower, Colchester & East Essex could only score 97-5 from 21.1 overs, but it was deemed enough to win the match.
And Malik was left disappointed with the outcome – and also won some sympathy from the Premier Division chairman who just happened to be playing for the opposition.
Malik said: “We were robbed. The rules are something of a mockery, but they are what they are.
“The Duckworth-Lewis method is generally considered the fairest way of working these things out and on that basis Colchester would have been 26 runs short.
“But under the net run-rate system they were two runs ahead of their target.
“I was talking to Andrew Kennedy, the chairman of the Premier Division who plays for Colchester – and he admitted that it seemed unfair.
“Our net run-rate was 4.44 and they simply needed to better that – and that’s a lot easier to do over 21 overs than it is over 50.
“They need to change the rules and I hope they will at some stage.”
With Ilford sitting 40 points clear of second-bottom Woodford Wells with just two matches remaining, they are as good as safe and are now hoping to finish the campaign on a winning note.
Malik said: “We need one point to be sure, but we’ll try to win both games and see where that takes us at the end of the season.”