Birmingham side continue to dominate in domestic competitions
History repeated itself for Birmingham’s Big John’s Cricket Club last month as the reigning league and cup champions, retained both titles after an action packed season.
Clinching both the Birmingham 30-over League title and the T20 cup, the community team have once again proved their doubters wrong, having been labelled ‘underdogs’ upon their formation in the Birmingham Local league just four years ago.
The team is part of Big John’s ‘Feeding Young Talent Program’ which helps to engage young talent into active sports by giving back to the community.
This year’s T20 Cup final was held at Warwickshire County Cricket Club’s home ground Edgbaston, as local players walked out at a venue which has hosted the likes of Brian Lara and Wasim Akram in recent history.
A glorious sunny Sunday on the 20th September set the scene for what would be the most exciting game of the season, pitting Big Johns cc and Dadyal Dynamos cc, against each other.
Big John’s cc won the toss and after opting to bowl first, it didn’t take long for their bowlers to start taking wickets.
Eventually having to settle for a score of 127-8 in their allotted 20 overs, the Dynamos could not handle the explosive play of Kadeer Ali, as he claimed five wickets for just 18 runs off his allotted four overs.
Ali’s off-spin variations proved too much for the Dynamos batsmen who, after a brisk start, were well contained by the control provided by the vastly experienced ex-first class player.
It was a day to remember for Ali, who after an inspiring performance with the ball, starred with the bat alongside younger brother, Omar Ali.
The pair set the pace for a powerful attacking display, as Big Johns lost just two wickets before reaching their target in 12 overs.
Omar Ali remained unbeaten on 57 as he top scored for the defending champions whilst Kadeer picked up the man-of-the-match award.
Speaking after the game, Big John’s captain, ‘Shaf’, said it was a season to be proud of for all the plauers.
“I am very proud to be the captain of such a talented team that has come from nothing to being Champions every year,” he said.
“I would also like to thank the directors of Big John’s for their support and for coming to every game to motivate and cheer on the team from the stands”