Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 1 (8-9 Apr 2017) - Last updated 13-Apr-2017 4:42pm
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Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 1 (8-9 Apr 2017)
BCC @ FCCC: T20, April 8, 2017 - Reported by Omer Rafiq (FCCC)
BCC won the toss and elected to bat first. BCC start slow but then Benjamin 33 off 39 balls, and Kayur 17 off 20 balls helped BCC to reach moderate total of 110 all out. Pick of the bowlers was Tejas claiming 3 for 16 in 3 overs.
FCCC chased it comfortably, Omer made quick 30 off 14 balls and Santanu made 26 off 21. J Skariya bowled good for 1 for 13 in his 2 overs. In the end FCCC chased the total in in 11.4 overs.
Man of the Match: Tejas Tank (3/16)
see BCC vs FCCC scorecard
DCC @ YCC: T20, April 8, 2017 - Reported by Harpreet Singh (DCC)
DCC won the toss and elected to bat first in their debut game in CCL. Conditions at Longmont were very good for cricket considering this was just the first weekend of April.
DCC got off to a shaky start after losing the first wicket in the second over. YCC bowler’s bowled with discipline for the first 15 overs without giving away any extras and held on to all the catches. DCC kept on losing wickets and finally a 43 runs partnership for the 9th wicket between Ashwani Kharb and Arvind BR saved the day for DCC. Both Ashwani and Arvind ran very good between the wickets and did a very good job of putting away the bad balls for the boundaries. From YCC, Naval Bal and Hemang Sagar bowled pretty well and took 3 wickets each. DCC scored 113/9 in 20 overs.
DCC started the second innings with some good line and length bowling and picked up wickets at regular interval without giving away too many runs. Prasad Godbole was the highest scorer from YCC, scoring 21 runs in 32 balls. All bowlers from DCC bowled very good. Manjinder Singh bowled a superb spell, as he picked 4 wickets in his 4 overs for only 17 runs. Arvind BR also bowled nicely and picked up 3 wickets in 3 overs and gave away just 7 runs. YCC was all out for 75 runs in 19.4 overs, giving DCC their first win in CCL debut.
Man of the Match: Ashwini Kharb, 31(28), 1/5
see DCC vs YCC scorecard
RCC @ LCC-T: T20, April 8, 2017 - Reported by Vikrant Thakre (RCC)
RCC won the Toss and elected to Bat first. RCC scored 142 in 20 overs. Vikrant scored 37, Vikesh 33, Elango 17. Amit Bhogle was the highest wicket taker from LCC-Tigers side. 2 wickets for 18 runs in 3 overs.
In response, LCC Tigers were all out for 125 runs. Ashish Janoria was the highest scorer with 39 runs followed by Nayab Khan for 35 runs.
RCC bowlers Akhilesh Reddy, Sudarshan, Naresh and Supinder each got 2 wickets.
Sudarshan was economically best bowler giving only 19 runs in his 4 overs.
Man of the Match: Vikrant Thakre, 37(29), 1 catch and 1 run out
see BCC vs FCCC scorecard
CCB @ CSCC-Stripes: T20, April 8, 2017 - Reported by Raymond Mascarenhas (CSCC-Stripes)
On a day perfect for cricket, CCB won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. The new look opening pair of Satyam Singh and Rakesh Dashis walked out to bat with the general consensus that with the white ball, the average scores for the season were on the way up. The early signs were ominous for CSCC-S as Satyam nonchalantly pull-flicked a ball over the square leg boundary in the first over. However, in the next over Sudheer Pasham banged a short one in which caught Rakesh by surprise and CSCC-S had their first strike.
However, what followed was a rollicking stand of 193 between Satyam and PreetamNaik, two southpaws who feasted on the predominantly leg side line of the CSCC-S bowlers. Satyam offered a chance when he was in his twenties, which was not taken by CSCC-S fielders. When Lara made his epic 501 vs Durham, he was dropped by the keeper on 18, who apparently said: “Oh dear, he'll probably go on and get a hundred". Probably that was running through the CSCC-S fielder’s mind, as Satyam went on the rampage after the interval break, slamming all and sundry with a mixture of pulls and flat- bat pickup shots over midwicket, to bring up his first CCL T-20 hundred. Preetam kept turning the strike over and played the role of foil to perfection.
When the innings finished, Satyam ended with 136* studded with 15 4s and five 6s and CCB reached an imposing score of 210. Mid-innings conversation revolved around regaling Satyam’s innings and the bat used for this special knock (Which was teammate Shiva’s bat and apparently cost him less than a decent bottle of whiskey).
Faced with a tall task of getting 211 for victory, CSCC-S could not get going as CCB’s new ball pairing of Deepak Jammula and Shivaram Krishnappa delivered an incisive opening spell. Mohanprabhu Jayaram and Varun Pandya shared an excellent stand of 59 for the third wicket (a ramp shot from Varun being the highlight), before Mohanprabhu mistimed a short ball from Hari B straight into Om’s hands at cover. The innings fell away after that point, despite a useful 16 from Alagarswamy Selvaarusu.
For CCB, Hari B took 3 wickets with his ultra-loopy off spin (at one point, a batsman pulled out of his shot because he claimed the ball was flighted into the sun), Deepak took 2 wickets for hardly anything and Prudhvi Vallem wrapped the innings up with some skiddy in-duckers.
The match will be remembered for Satyam’s debut century and a strange case of fielding yips, which affected both teams, as routine catches kept popping out of fielder’s hands. The white ball is certainly bringing change to this year’s matches, time for the bowlers and fielders to step up their game.
Man of the Match: Satyam Singh 136*(43), 2/15
see CCB vs CSCC-Stripes scorecard
FRCC @ CSCC-Stars: T20, April 8, 2017 - Reported by Rohit Saini (FRCC)
The visiting team CSCC-Stars won the toss and they decided to put the Home team FRCC to bat.
FRCC started off really well on a cold and windy morning. Openers Sumeet and Waqas gave them a solid start and didn’t allow any CSCC bowler to settle down. The pair played fluently and positively and added 58 runs in just 5.3 overs when Waqas got bowled by Kervyn for a well made 37 (20b 1x4 3x6). FRCC then lost 2 more quick wickets in Rohit 10 (6b 1x4 0x6) and Sanket 7 (10b 0x4 0x6), but Sumeet continued his awesome form from last season and completed his half century. Afshin on the other end started off a little rusty as this was his comeback game after missing the entire last season due to an ACL surgery and recovery. Sumeet continued his free flowing hitting and was hitting some huge sixes all over the park until he was caught by Sandeep at longoff boundary of Viswa’s bowling. Sumeet made 74 (45b 4x4 6x6) and FRCC were 172-4 after 16 overs. Amal came to the crease next and gave solid support to Afshin who by now was hitting sixes at will. FRCC scored 57 runs in last 4 overs and ended up getting their highest ever T20 score 229/4 .Afshin got his maiden half century 58 (30b 3x4 5x6) and Amal supported him well at the other end with 17 (11b 3x4 0x6). For CSCC Kervyn picked up 2 wickets and Sajid and Viswa got 1 wicket each.
CSCC started with Kervyn and Narayan as openers. To chase the mammoth score of 230 runs, CSCC needed an aggressive start and Kervyn just provided that. Hitting Rohit for a 6 and a 4 over long-on boundary on consecutive balls and getting 13 runs from the first over. But his cameo came to an end quickly when Shiril bowled Kervyn 14 (7b 1x4 1x6) in the very next over. Jayanth made his way to the crease next. FRCC tightened the screws with some very good bowling and the score was 57-1 after 8 overs. FRCC could have sealed the game right there but they have dropped Narayan twice and Jayanth once already which allowed CSCC to get back in the game. At the start of the 9th over Poorvaj got Narayan LBW 17 (23b 0x4 1x6) to get the break through. The decision was a bit controversial and Narayan opposed it but both the umpires resolved the issue quickly. Viswa joined Jayanth to the crease next and suddenly there was a momentum shift in favor of CSCC. Both the batsmen were getting the ball out of the ground on regular basis now and FRCC’s pathetic catching didn’t help either. Finally FRCC got the break through and got Viswa 29 (19b 1x4 2x6) and in the next over got Humayun 10 (4b 0x4 1x6) out, both caught by Sanket at long-off boundary. They also got Jayanth run out in the same over, with good pick-up and throw by Rohit from the deep point boundary and wicket keeper Manohar doing the rest which sealed the game for FRCC. Jayanth played a brilliant knock of 77 (46b 4x4 6x6) for his team. CSCC ended up with 182/8 in 20 overs and FRCC winning the game by 47 runs. Overall a good bowling performance by FRCC bowlers, Rohit and Subhashish picked 2 wickets each and Shiril, Poorvaj and Sanket picked 1 wicket each.
Sumeet was the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock of 74 (45b 4x4 6x6).
Man of the Match: Sumeet Khule, 74(45b, 4X4, 6X6)
See FRCC vs CSCC-Stars scorecard
LCC-Lions @ CCCC: T20, Apr 09, 2017 - Reported by Bodhayan Chakraborty(LCC-Lions)
When in the AGM, the league decided to go with the 4-piece white ball in T20 for 2017 season, lot of bowlers felt that this decision can ruin their career. The first week of the season started witnessing the impact of the ball.
The Lower Garden Acres ground was perfect and except for some gusty wind, a wonderful day to play cricket. When LCC-Lions won the toss and Dhiren, the Lions captain for this season, didn't hesitate to bowl first, the message was clear. Whatever you score, we can chase. Dhiren and Jay started the proceeding for Lions against CCCC openers Ashish and Bhupi. They didn’t get the early wickets but didn’t go for too many runs either. Bodha drew the first blood when he bowled Ashish.
But, Satya, CCCC captain came and started bludgeoning all over the park. Some good hitting by Sandeep, Mansoor and Cecil and some extras conceded by Lions bowlers allowed CCCC to reach a little above par score of 171 for 7 after 20 overs. Dhiren was the pick of the bowlers conceding just 15 runs in his 4 overs picking the all-important wicket of Sandeep. Bodha took 2 and Shoaib took one wicket. Lions ground fielding was good claiming three runouts. But, they need some improvements in catching and bowling if they need to defend their title.
Dhiren and Dharam started the pursuit and from the very first over it looked like they are chasing 271 instead of 171. The crazy hitting in the first three overs saw Lions scoring a massive 60 runs. CCCC already knew in those three overs that they have come into the path of a storm, Dhiren storm. Dharam shared the equal share of the opening partnership of 87 runs. He hit 2 boundaries and three huge sixes for his 32 runs in just 21 balls.
But, when he got out in the 7th over, it was all about Dhiren after that. He didn’t spare any bowler but he especially liked the short pitched bowling of Mansoor. He took 37 runs of Mansoor’s 10 balls. He reached his 50 in just 19 balls and took a “little more” time to reach his maiden T20 century in 42 balls. Such was Dhiren’s dominance, that out of 85 runs for the second wicket partnership with Kit, Kit scored only 23 runs. Lions chased down the modest target in just 13.1 overs losing only one wicket. CCCC’s pick of the bowler was Satya who bowled with some good pace and in good areas, but he got little support from other bowlers.
Man of the Match: Dhiren Patel was deservingly declared man of the match for his all-round performance of 4-0-15-1 and 101 of 43 balls.
See CCCC Vs LCC-Lions Scorecard
See CCCC Vs LCC-Lions match video
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