Twenty20 League Finals - Match Reports - Week 12 - (29-30 Sep 2012) - LCC wins Twenty20 Championship - Last updated 4-Oct-2012 5pm
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Twenty20 League - Match Reports - Week 12 (29-30 Sep 2012)
FCCC @ LCC: T20 Championship Final, September 30, 2012 - Reported by Raj Chitikila (LCC)
Fort Collins CC played Littleton CC for the 2012 T20 trophy at Cornerstone Park. FCCC won the toss and, to no one's surprise, elected to bat. Openers Faiq and Gopal got off to a blazing start against LCC's Jay and Bodha. Facing two of the quickest bowlers in the league, Faiq in particular tonked them all over the park and raced to 26 in just 13 balls and led FCCC to 31/0 in 4 overs. At this point, given the deep batting lineup waiting in the wings, the home team feared a massive total was about to be foisted on them. However, Dhiren got the breakthrough, removing Faiq and Omar in successive deliveries with the help of Dharam's excellent catching behind the stumps. This proved to be the turning point of the innings as Raja (4) and Garnet (2) bowled superbly to take 6 wickets in the space of 41 runs. With FCCC on the ropes at 72/8, Ravi Sharma struck some wonderful blows to score a quick 23 and help his team post a more competitive 108 before Jay wrapped up the last two wickets. Raja's analysis was a fantastic 4-0-14-4.
Chasing the modest target, LCC's Dhiren got off to a typical frenzied start, scoring 24 in 18 balls. When Omar induced a mishit to dismiss Dhiren and Andrew promptly sent Raja back to the dressing room, LCC stood at a shaky 38/2, almost identical to FCCC's predicament earlier. However, Randika (41* in 45) and Bodhayan (42* in 31) played sensibly, mixing massive shots with smart running between the wickets. For FCCC, Gopal (4-0-15-0) was easily the pick of the bowlers and was unlucky to not pick up a wicket despite beating the bat several times. LCC won by 8 wickets with 26 balls to spare and thereby brought back the T20 Championship to the club after a gap of 3 years.
Man of the Match: Randika Fernando and Bodhayan Chakraborty were declared joint MoM for their batting performances.
See FCCC vs LCC Scorecard
CCCC @ CSCC: T20 Plate Championship Final, September 30, 2012 - Reported by Raymond Mascarenhas(CSCC)
In an exciting match, CSCC downed CCCC by 2 runs to claim the Plate Championship. The game could have gone either way as CCCC were in the hunt until the very last ball.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, CSCC's top batsmen hit form. Kervyn (42 off 24), Asim (25 off 21), Hamayun (21 off 17) and Dan (33 not out off 35) ensured CSCC put up a challenging total of 151 for 7 in their 20 overs.
CCCC started with Sandeep and Mantha. It was a treat to watch as CSCC bowled beautifully but the batsmen were just as good with the willow.
Sixes rained all around the field and at the 12 over mark CCCC were 95 for 1. However the fall of Sandeep (73 off 54) in the 15th over to a well judged skier by Narayan off Keenan, shifted the momentum back to CSCC.
In the end 4 were need of the last ball but Venu was only able to hit a straight fast delivery from Sharanbir to Narayan at covers and CSCC won by 2 runs.
Men of the Match: Keenan Fish for bowling really well and claiming 2 crucial wickets, and Sandeep Bollampally for an outstanding innings with the bat.
Reported by Sandeep Bollampally (CCCC)
CSCC won the toss and elected to bat first on their home turf. Rama (1/20) gave CCCC the start they hoped for by getting the early wicket of Narayan for 3 runs with a sharp caught-and-bowled effort. Thereafter, however, Kervyn (42) and Asim (26) put together a quick 50 run partnership with some big hitting that put the pressure back on CCCC. Aditya (1/20) then helped get CCCC back into the game by first bowling out Kervyn and then helping get Venu Burri run-out by deflecting the ball onto the stumps at the non-strikers end in his bowling follow-through. The see-saw nature of the match continued when Hamayun (21) and Dan (33*) propped CSCC up with a quick 43 run stand. A combination of wayward bowling and sensible batsmanship allowed CSCC reach a formidable score of 151 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Venu (2-45) and Vaidy (1/27) were among the wickets as well for CCCC.
In reply, CCCC started their chase strongly with a quick 44 run stand in 5 overs thanks to Mantha (12) and Sandeep (73), despite a good opening bowling effort from Abhay (0/30), Narayan (1/31) and Sharanbir (1/32). Once, Narayan bowled Mantha, Rajesh (5) walked in to the crease and with the help of Sandeep put up a crucial 50 run partnership. At this stage CCCC required 57 runs at less than 8 runs per over with 9 wickets in hand and so, probably had their noses ahead in the favorites stakes. But a tight spell by Hamayun (1/20) which accounted for the wicket of Rajesh hurt CCCC's victory charge. A short while later Sandeep was dismissed as well in the pursuit of quick runs as the required run-rate reached nine an over, to a good slower ball by Keenan (2/21). Requiring 36 runs of the last 4 overs and still 6 wickets in hand for CCCC, the match was in the balance. Rama (9), Ashish (15) and Suresh (9), all did their best and played with great gusto to bring the match to a tight finish. With 8 runs required of the last over, it was anybody's game, but Sharanbir bowled his best over of the match which allowed only 5 runs to be scored, thereby helping CSCC win the match and with it, the 2012 T20 Plate Championship. It was a hard-fought match with neither team giving an inch effort-wise, and in the end the team that kept its composure the best, deservingly won.
At this point, the efforts of all 7 players belonging to both teams who umpired the match well and stayed neutral through-out must be recognized- great job guys!
For his 73 runs, Sandeep and for his important bowling contribution, Keenan shared the MoM honors.
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