|Night Tournament: Windy City sneaked passed Villa Park in a low scoring encounter|
Villa Park faced their first encounter in the Night Tournament 2008 against noteworthy Windy City. VPCC won the toss and elected to bat on a humid evening. Hashim (0) and Qasim (0) opened the bowling for Windy City. Imtiaz brothers kept wickets in tact with Zeyad (26) taking the charge, dispatching some powerful boundaries against the pace men. Mir immediately reduced the pace and the move paid dividends as Danish (2) and Harun (2) drilled through Villa Park batting line-up. Bashir Iqbal (24) tried to hold the fort in the middle but failed to receive any potent support from the teammates. Mir Ali (4) was the leading destructor to floored VPCC for mere 116 runs.
Half way through, game was heading towards a quick and one-sided finish, but Villa Park players have fighting caps on. Windy City opened with Aijaz Baig (1) and Kashif Butt (19). Uzair Ali ran out Aijaz in the early goings to boost VPCC moral, but it was soon burst by Kashif (19) and Harun (19) with a sensible partnership. VPCC players were trying their every bit to open in-roads in Windy City batting line-up. Haris (2) second spell got the much-needed break through for Villa Park when Arsalan caught a very difficult catch on mid-wicket boundary. Zeyad (3) caused the major blow when getting rid of Ashar Mehdi (3), this time in the safe hands of Fawad Agha. Haris knocked Haruns stumps in the following over to suddenly stir some panic in Windy City camp. Mir (24) and Hashim (11) rebuilt the middle part of the innings, courtesy of let-offs by VPCC fielding. Zeyad got rid off Hashim and Vishan (0) in short period, with Windy City also loosing Qasim (1) between the two. Game was heading down to the wire with Villa Park continuously tightening the grip. Event likes of Mir and Sunny (11*) were struggling at the crease. With Windy City needing 6 runs in the last over and Haris finished with his blazing spell, it was left to the seasonal Bashir Iqbal to snatch the unlikely win for the energetic Villa Park. First ball was a swing and a miss but second ball wasnt so lucky. Sunny Khan walked down the track and heave a good length delivery over square-leg fence for a match winning six.It was another close loss for Villa Park cricket team, but under the positive leadership and friendly relation amongst the members. Team applauded each other and vowed to perform better in the future encounters. Mir Ali was the match winner for Windy City with his brilliant all-round performance.