Premier League - Match Reports - Week 9 (15-16 Sep 2012)- Updated on 21-Sep-2012 7:30am
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Premier League - Match Reports - Week 9 (15-16 Sep 2012)
RBCC@YCC: Premier game,Lincoln, Fort Collins, September 15, 2012 – Reported by Anirudha Deshpande (YCC)
It was match between league topper RBCC and YCC. The match was delayed by two hours as overnight sprinklers made the pitch and area around the pitch very wet. Umpires tried to move the game to Boltz but couldn’t do so due to ground unavailability. The match was reduced to 30 overs with short lunch break.
YCC won the toss elected to field to take the advantage of the wet pitch. The decision worked out well as RBCC openers Faiq and Ishan were out in first two overs. After that, Ben built the inning, first with Sameed and then with Anish, compiling runs at a decent rate. Ben (86 runs, 4x4, 1x6) who started cautiously played powerful strokes towards the end of RBCC inning. RBCC scored 199 in their 30 overs losing eight wickets. Niyaz was the pick of the bowler getting three wickets for 29 runs. Another notable performance was from Siddharth, who made his debut for YCC, bowled with pace and good swing.
Chasing 200, YCC started their inning with Sanjeev and Srikant. Sanjeev was in good touch scoring 27 runs and maintaining run rate of around 5 runs per over. Srikant got out trying to increase the run rate which brought in debutant Ravi to the crease. Ravi displayed his aggressive intents scoring quick fire 15 runs hitting one six. But he and Sanjeev got out in quick succession and YCC kept on losing the wickets at regular intervals. Other good performances with the bat were from Bharat (21 run, 3x4, 1x6) and Vivek (15 runs). YCC scored 135 runs in 30 overs and lost the match by 64 runs.
Man of the Match – Ben George for his batting performance.
LCC @ CCCC: Premier Game, September 15, 2012 - Reported by Raj Chitikila (LCC)
A game between teams with such big hitters as Sandeep Bollampally, Arun Tholudur, Dhiren Patel, and Bodhayan Chakraborty among others, played on the league's smallest ground, instead turned out to be a surprising defensive struggle of epic proportions. CCCC won the toss and elected to bat. Sandeep raced to 20 in just 12 balls before getting bowled by Jay Pathak after attempting an ill-advised heave. After Ashish Singhal fell in the same over, Captain Rajesh Mosur (35) came in and built careful partnerships with Rama (14) and Arun (26) to avoid a collapse. However, excellent, economical bowling by Raja, Garnet (2 wickets), and Dhiren (2) denied CCCC any easy runs during the middle session. LCC took their catches and managed to restrict the home team to 133 all out in the 40th over.
CCCC showed off their own bowling prowess with some excellent probing bowling from Arun and Venu. LCC's Ramesh and Jay departed quickly after superb catches by Sandeep, leaving the visitors at 24/2. Bodha then put the responsibility of the chase on his broad shoulders and played a watchful innings in Dhiren's company until the latter got run out after a very sedate 24 (by his standards). After Raja and Sundeep left without troubling the scorers very much, Garnet (9) and Karthik (11) provided excellent support to Bodha. With just 24 runs to win, Bodha launched 2 massive sixes to reach his 50, but his 3rd consecutive heave failed to clear long on when Arun took the catch. Then followed a striking collapse when Sam George dismissed Karthik and Siep. Needing just 8 runs in 7 overs, LCC was down to its last pair--Captain Raj Chitikila and the experienced Shailesh Patel--while C4 could almost taste a comeback victory for the ages. Sam and Rama bowled mightily, beating the bat on several occasions, but the two batsmen stubbornly refused to get out. Aided by a few timely wides, the pair took LCC across the finish line with just 7 balls left.
Man of the Match: Bodhayan Chakraborty was declared MoM for his 54 runs.
Reported by Sandeep Bollampally
The Premier League match played between LCC and CCCC at Longmont on Saturday was a dead rubber with respect to Playoff qualification but both teams turned up to win and played in that same vein as well- the proof being that the match ended in the 79th over and 19 wickets fell in total.
CCCC won the toss and decided to bat. Rama (14) and Sandeep (20) put on a brisk 30 run opening stand before Jay (2/22) put the brakes on the scoring removing Sandeep and Ashish in quick succession. Rama, Arun (26), Rajesh (35) and Suresh (12) all chipped in with valuable runs with Rajesh anchoring the innings and holding one firm at one end. He was eventually out in the 40th over trying to score some quick runs. Jay, Garnet (2/20) and Dhiren (2/24) helped close the CCCC innings at a below-par score of 133.
In reply, LCC started nervously losing Ramesh (8) and Jay early. Bodhayan (54) and Dhiren (24) then steadied the ship for LCC with a solid 28 run stand which saw out an attacking and disciplined bowling performance from Venu (2/33), Arun (0/18) and Suresh (0/27). Just as things, were starting to look good for LCC, a mid-pitch mix-up between Bodha and Dhiren resulted in Dhiren's run-out. Sandeep (2-20) then struck twice in an over removing the next two batsmen to leave LCC reeling at 54/5. However, Garnet (9) then partnered well with Bodha to take the score 88 before Sam (4/26) fought back in great fashion for CCCC taking 4 quick wickets including that of Bodha but not before he threatened to win the match single-handedly for LCC with some big sixes. At 126/9 LCC could have easily lost the match to a rash shot but Raj (2) and Shailesh (4) patiently played out nearly 7 overs to score the remaining 8 runs required to win the match, despite a solid bowling effort in the end from Sam and Rama (0/6).
Bodhayan, for his solid all-round performance was adjudged MoM of this well-fought encounter
See LCC vs CCCC Scorecard
CSCC Vs FRCC - 16-Sep-2012 Longmont - Reported by Hamayun Zaheer(CSCC)
CSCC won the toss and was all set bat. Kervyn and Narayan opened the innings and played very sensibly putting a 116 run partnership for the 1st wicket when Narayan(28) was caught. Rohit Shah(20+) joined Kervyn and built another good partnership for the 2nd wicket, still keeping the run rate at 6 and above. Naveen and Shams bowled well, capturing 2 wickets, and slightly slowed down CSCC's scoring rate. Kervyn ended up with 136 runs when he was run out around the 38th over. In the end, CSCC ended up with 248 for 5 on the board.
FRCC started off well too scoring quickly with some good shots from Amal Chandran and Naveen Kaje, but were soon down with 2 wickets too. Shams and Tej played well to keep the FRCC scoreboard ticking and their run rate too around 6 per over. With 10 overs to go and around 80 runs needed with 5 wickets in hand, FRCC's Shams played well to achieve a half-century and keep FRCC in the hunt. Trying to accelerate the score, he got bowled to a good delivery from Hamayun, and later CSCC was able to wrap up the FRCC innings to 185 all out in about 36 overs. For CSCC, Hamayun(3 wickets), Narayan (2 wickets) and Sharanbir (2 wickets) were the pick of the bowlers with Asim and Abhay chipping in too.
Man of the Match: Kervyn Dimney for his well compiled 136 runs.
See FRCC vs CSCC Scorecard
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