Premier Match Reports - Week 2 (15-16 Apr 2017)
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Premier Match Reports - Week 2 (15-16 Apr 2017)
LCC @ FCCC: Premier game, April 15, 2017- Reported by Dharam Patel (LCC)
The first premier matches have arrived and with the T20 hangover still around, we were in for some big scores to continue in the longer format.
It was a great Saturday in Ft. Collins, and 2 of the leagues oldest rivals were meeting early this season. FCCC hosted the previous yearís Champs, LCC, and with the 2 meeting in last yearís T20 Final, we were in for a great match. Apart from the cool calm breeze, the weather was perfect for cricket.
FCCC won the toss and elected to bowl first. Dhiren and Dharam opened the innings for LCC. FCCC drew first blood by removing Dharam early in the 3rd over. It was time for some new guys to come in and join the dangerous Dhiren. Sandip (10) and Sakthi (27) chipped in with some helpful reconstructed runs. But it wasnít until Bodha joined Dhiren that FCCC saw some hope slipping away. The 2 seemed to go about their batting as they normally do, risk free singles mixed in with some huge hitting to the fence. I mean literally hitting the fence around Boltz. Dhiren had to retire hurt in the middle of the innings due to some cramps, but Jay joined Bodha, and Jay didnít let LCC miss Dhiren at all, he also joined the party. Dhiren, Bodha, and Jay, were the main bats for LCC scoring 83, 73, and 56 respectively. Just awesome batting for the beginning of the season, would like to wish them to continue this form throughout this season. All three were flawless, giving only 2 possible chances. Kit and Shoaib chipped in with 19 and 6, which took the LCC total past 300. LCC ended the 40 overs with 314. FCCC didnít help themselves that well either giving up 34 extras. The FCCC pick of the bowlers were Dipal with 7-0-44-2 and Naveen with 8-0-40-1.
LCC knew that with a big target on the board, FCCC would come out guns blazing. Omer and Faiq opened the batting, with Omer taking a single off the first ball, Faiq was left facing Dhirenís over and three balls later LCC got their first break through. Dhiren was on fire today and with his signature banana in-swingers moving helped LCC get into a great position of 5/15 after just 6.1 overs. FCCC knew that if they wanted to win this match that they would have to put together partnerships and bat the rest of the overs sensibly. But LCC were in a great position to finish the match but FCCC still had some fight left in them. Naveen and Dipal batted well for their 60 and 51* respectively. Ravi Sharma chipped in with a run a ball 22 and Tejas hit some big blows and got valuable 45 runs. But the target was just too steep in the end and FCCC were all out in the final over for 227 runs. Dhiren was the pick of the bolwers picking up 4 crucial wickets in his first spell, Bodha took 2 for 49 and Shailesh took 2 for 48 to help out with the bowling.
A special moment for Shailesh occurred in the 13th over when he took his 100th CCL wicket picking up Ravi Sharma lbw. Congrats to Shailesh and we look for many more wickets in the coming seasons.
Man of the Match: Dhiren Patel was rightly selected the Man of the Match for his 83 from 60 balls and his crucial 4 wickets in the first spell which saw FCCC lose half of their side before the 7th over. Congrats Dhiren and many more to come!
See CCL FCCC Vs LCC Scorecard
P40 FRCC v DCC, April 15, 2017 at Longmont. Reported by : Poorvaj Venkatraman, FRCC
A beautiful day to play cricket - sun shining with a high of 70 degrees, DCC visited Lower Garden Acres at Longmont, the home ground of FRCC to play their first P40 game ever.
Fortunes favoured the DCC team with the toss as they won and elected to bat first to begin their campaign. Vikas RS and Chandran Thangaraj opened the innings for DCC, but Rohit Saini removed Chandran in the very first over courtesy a caught and bowled from a top edge. In came Prashanth T who joined Vikas RS to feature in an amazing partnership, which put FRCC under a lot of pressure. The pair played sensible and smart, frustrating the bowlers of FRCC.
A lot of singles and doubles and very rare boundaries gave them a solid 104 run stand for the second wicket. Though all the bowlers were economical, DCC could rotate strike freely thereby getting four-five runs every over comfortably. Once the pair was set, they started to go over the fielders targeting the lone spinner Poorvaj hitting a six and a four in the same over. Shiril provided the breakthrough for FRCC by getting Vikas bowled and Subhashish, a peach of a delivery outside off to Prashant leaving him no choice but to nick it. FRCC were now in the game with the DCC Captain Harpreet getting out cheaply to Murali.
Sameer and Deepak did not last longer either. A flurry of wickets followed towards the fag end of the innings wherein Manohar, the keeper had a dream game by being involved in two run outs and a catch in the span of three deliveries to provide FRCC the firm grip on the innings. Though wickets were falling at one end, Jaswinder Singh continued to take singles and doubles with the odd boundary to get to a half century to give DCC a sniff at victory.
DCC finished with 205/9 in their quota of 40 overs to and put themselves in a strong position. The highlight of the batting was Prashanth who finished with 70(92) with 6 fours. The contributions of Jaswinder Singh 52(49) with 5 fours and Vikas 47(74) with 4 fours and the only six of the innings were commendable. Notable bowling performances were Shiril, Subhasish and Murali with two wickets.
Facing a daunting task of 206 as the target, FRCC were confident of chasing it, owing to the familiarity of home conditions. A cautious start from Waqas contrary to the usual blitzkrieg and a fluent Sumeet ensured a first wicket partnership of 52 and provided FRCC a solid platform. Manohar came in at the fall of Waqas and provided Sumeet good support by rotating strike enabling Sumeet to go after the bowling of DCC. FRCC were 110/1 in 20 overs and this swayed the match in favour of the home team.
What followed was an irreconcilable display of batting by FRCC losing 5 wickets adding just 35 runs to the board. Manohar fell to a low kept ball of Prashanth, the part timer and Sumeet followed after a good catch in the deep from Chandran of Harpreet's bowling. Harpreet, boosted by this confidence bowled an excellent spell and removed Sanket Sharma and Amal Chandran. The spinner Manjinder removed Afshin tempting him to go over the fence. FRCC still had around 60 runs to score with Rohit and Subhasish at the crease.
There was visible tension at the FRCC camp with worried faces. However, a sensible batting by Rohit picking the singles and dispatching the full tosses ensured safety for FRCC. The brilliance came from elsewhere courtesy Subhashish playing a sensational knock to get FRCC home with 3 wickets to spare. Subhashish Dash 38(28) with 6 fours and 1 six was the game changer. Other mentions must be the contribution of Waqas 25(39) with 3 fours and Manohar 24(35) with 2 fours. The stand-out performance has to be Sumeet Khule 71(63) balls with 4 each of fours and sixes. Sumeet was rightly named the Man of the Match for his efforts. It was his second Man of the Match awards in as many games of the 2017 season. Hope Sumeet continues his stunning form throughout the season.
Man of the Match: Sumeet Khule for his brilliant knock of 71 (63b 4x4 4x6)
See CCL FRCC vs DCC scorecard
See Chauka FRCC vs DCC scorecard
Premier 4/16/17 Reported by Hamayun Zaheer CSCC
CSCC won the toss and elected to bowl. CSCC bowled with discipline throughout the whole innings. CCCC batters never really got going and lost wickets at regular intervals. T Siriwardanage top scored with 14 runs. For CSCC Narayan was the stand out bowler with 3 wickets. Abhay chipped in with 2 wickets in just 4 overs.
Chasing a target of 83 runs, CSCC openers Kervyn and Narayan started confidently picking up boundaries at regular intervals. Kervyn scored 40 not out, and Narayan scored 33 not out. CSCC won by 10 wickets.
Man of the Match: Narayan Madubusi for 3 wickets and 33 runs not out.
See CSCC vs CCCC CCL scorecard
See CSCC vs CCCC Chauka scorecard
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