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Littleton Cricket Club - Lions are the 2016 Twenty20 Champions
LCC-Lions beat FCCC to claim the CCL 2016 Twenty20 Championship..
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Kervyn Dimney on behalf of CCL-EC
FCCC @ LCC-L: T20 Final, Memorial park, Oct 22, 2016 - Reported by Bodhayan Chakraborty(LCC)
LCC-Lions faced off with FCCC in the final of the T20 championship. This is LCC-Lions fifth consecutive T20 final appearance. But the humiliating loss against the same opponent in the last year T20 final was still fresh in the minds of the LCC players. The two thoroughly competitive teams with a mix of young and experienced players in their sides promised a final full of adrenaline and drama. FCCC was on a high after a record chase of 195 runs in their last qualifier game against CCB. LCC-Lions, on the other hand, demolished all their opponents to reach the final convincingly. And, after winning the fourth Premier championship last week, they were confident to make it a double this season.
Lions won the toss and elected to bat first. Dhiren and Dharam were a little subdued against the experienced bowling of Dipal and Naveen. Naveen drew first blood when he induced a false stroke from Dhiren and Dipal caught him superbly at mid-off. Ahamed, a LCC rookie, joined Dharam to steady the innings. They took Lions to the drinks break without any further damage. The score after 10th over read 63 for 1. The game was in balance as LCC could not break free as they would have liked, but they had 10 more overs to go and big hitters like Bodha, Jay and Norman to come.
After the break, Dharam and Ahamed tried to up the ante. But, Ahamed lost his wicket in the 12th over due to a suicidal runout. Bodha came to the crease and he immediately tried to force the cause by hitting a huge six of Azim over midwicket boundary. Next few overs saw some big hits, crazy running and dropped catches. Bodha hit 4 sixes and 1 four for his 46 runs of 21 balls, but he was dropped three times in between by the FCCC fielders. Dharam retired after making a solid 47 runs of 47 balls with 3 boundaries. Some late boundaries by Norman and Garnet ensured LCC to reach 164 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
164 runs in a T20 final is a very good first innings score. But, if any team can chase it, it is FCCC. After the last match heroics, they were confident to chase this total. FCCC started with Faiq and Santanu. They could not break free against the bowling of Dhiren and Bodha. Santanu lost his off-stump on the 4th over when he tried to whack a Bodha in-swinger. Omar came but he didn’t last long. Jay trapped him plumb in front on the 7th over. Faiq was hitting some boundaries in between, but LCC bowlers were disciplined. Loose balls were hard to come by and the pressure of the required rate was increasing. Naveen was runout cheaply due to an injudicious running and excellent fielding by Bhavya. When Jay trapped Gopal on 10th over and Norman bowled Faiq on 11th over, the game was tilted to LCC’s favor. But, they knew that FCCC has a deep batting line up. And with the likes of Dipal, Darshan and Rajesh to come, they still cannot afford to relax.
Norman and Dhruv bowled the next few overs. Though they didn’t take wickets, they didn’t provide too many boundary balls either. Darshan departed on 16th over when he skied Jay's slower ball. At the end of 16th over, FCCC reached 100. But, they still needed 65 runs from the last 4 overs. It is not impossible, but very hard against Lions accurate bowlers. Ultimately FCCC fell short by 33 runs.
LCC won their 4th double in 5 years by the virtue of this win. LCC won the RMSG tournament this year too. They are the most consistent team in these 5 years having reached both the T20 and 40-40 finals at every occasion.
LCC would like to thank Kervyn, Raymond and other CSCC officials for allowing LCC to use Memorial Park as their home ground for some of their league games and during the play-offs. LCC would like to thank EC and CACU as well for conducting 2016 CCL season in a very efficient manner.
Having said that, I thank all the LCC players, supporters and rivals to have an enjoyable off season and happy holidays. See you all at the AGM.
Man of the Match: Bodhayan Chakraborty was declared MoM for his attacking 46 of 21 balls and economical bowling effort of 4-0-23-1.
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