Premier Match Reports - Week 5 (13-14 May 2017) - Last updated 19-May-2017 3:51pm
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Premier Match Reports - Week 5 (13-14 May 2017)
CCB vs DCC, P40, May 14, 2017, reported by Satyam Singh
CCB won the toss on a damp pitch and decided to bat first to take advantage of the power play. However the move back fired immediately as DCC’s Harpreet and Sanket swung the ball and got the CCB opener Bhaskar caught in the slips. Eugene and Satyam tried to stabilize the CCB innings but Satyam chopped one on his stumps and CCB were 30 odd for 2 wickets. In came Manjeet and had an immediate lucky escape when Sameer dropped him on the first ball he faced. Manjeets luck did not stop there, but DCC dropped 6 of his catches. Manjeet took full advantage of this and scored a fifty and CCB scrapped through to 175 runs in 38.2 overs thanks to some hitting by Rakesh and Ben and majorly to DCC for dropping 11 catches in all.
DCC openers Sameer and Jash started the chase positively but soon Manjeet picked up Jash and Ben dismissed Sameer who scored 25 runs. Harpreet and Prasanth stabilized the inning but as the required rate started to mount Kanag dismissed Harpreet, and Eugene dismissed both Prashanth and Manjinder.
When it all looked too easy for CCB , Umang Bhatt and Sanket started to stitch a partnership for the 9th wicket and before they were dismissed they had gotten DCC within 20 runs of victory.
All in all it was a good game and kudos to DCC who despite of being in their debut season have played some competitive cricket in all their games.
Man of the Match: Manjeet Inamdar was chosen for his 80 runs and one wicket and a catch and a brilliant leg side stumping.
See CCL's CCB Vs DCC scorecard
P40 FRCC v CSCC-Stars, May 14, 2017 at Longmont. Reported by : Poorvaj Venkatraman, FRCC
FRCC won the toss and chose to bowl in familiar conditions. CSCC opened the batting with Kervyn and Narayan. Kervyn, in his usual self, showed no mercy and started playing shots right from the first over. Rohit, who opened the bowling was torn to shreds in the first over with 15 runs being scored. Shiril then bowled a decent 4 run over with Kervyn at the non-striker end for most part of the over. Rohit came back strong, bowling a decent over to Kervyn and didn't allow much in it. Both the teams were playing cautiously at this point.
The first wicket fell in the 7th over where Narayan played a check shot only to lob it straight down the throat of Waqas. Srisailesh Chari was introduced by Rohit at this point which later turned out to be the spell of the match. His first over went for runs, but he got the prized wicket of Kervyn with a good catch from Shiril in the deep, the only standout performer of CSCC-Stars. Rohit came back to get FRCC two more breakthroughs in the form of Jayanth and Abhijit. Srisailesh, Rohit and Subhasish bowled very economical and did not allow any easy runs for CSCC-Stars. Shiril took one more brilliant catch to dismiss Hamayun to give Chari his second wicket in the tournament. Chari having picked two really good batsmen, grew in confidence and bowled an amazing spell which included 4 maidens. Chari picked one more wicket where in Afeef with a strong hit to the mid-off found Sanket Sharma's safe pair of hands. Subhasish, moving the ball both ways, removed Viswa LBW with a late out-swing touted as a peach of a delivery by all those witnessing it.
There was a dormant period in the middle when Abhay Natu and Prasanna Damodaran were playing out the deliveries. The score wasn't moving on, but the pair was starting to frustrate the bowlers a bit. Murali was introduced back again and he bowled a brilliant ball which moved in to get Abhay bowled. Murali took the 9th wicket with an outswinger - a ball where Ravi Shastri would have gone "Edged and Taken ... ". Prasanna who was plopping the ball constantly very near to the close-in fielders finally perished the same way to Rohit, this time finding the fielder at short mid-on.
CSCC-Stars was bundled out cheap for 71 in 24.2 overs. Kervyn's 37(26) was the only batting contribution. Rohit, Murali and Shrisailesh Chari took 3 wickets each. Murali bowled a fantastic spell with an economy of just 0.75. Shrisailesh Chari was the best with 8-4-17-3 removing Kervyn, Hamayun and Afeef.
FRCC in the absence of Sumeet, had a very low target to chase. The bowlers had done a fantastic job and the whole team was confident at the dug-out. Waqas openend with Vivek. The pair played very cautiously and put on a 21 run partnership when Vivek played a rash shot and got bowled by Prasanna. Manohar and Waqas played on and got going inching closer towards the target.
Lunch was called in when the score was 41/1. The break kind-of broke Waqas' patience. Waqas played one shot in the air and found Hamayun at long-on. FRCC still needed 30 runs to win. Sanket Sharma joined Manohar in the middle and both of them played a sensible innings to take FRCC home comfortably with 17 overs to spare. Prasanna and Avinash both got a wicket each. Waqas scored 21 and Manohar scored 20*.
Man of the Match: ShriSailesh Chari was declared MoM for his dream spell of 8-4-17-3.
See FRCC v CSCC-Stars Scorecard
LCC-Lions @ CCCC: Premier, May 13, 2017 - Reported by Dharam Patel (LCC-Lions)
LCC and CCCC came together at Longmont on a beautiful Saturday morning for a Premier match. LCC coming off a bye week seemed rested and ready to continue their campaign. As forecasted, the summer heat arrived early in the morning and forecasted to get even hotter throughout the day; both teams knew that winning the toss would definitely benefit their players and the team batting first.
LCC won the toss and without hesitation decided to bat first. With a dangerous bat out of the lineup today, C4 knew that a few early wickets should help them restrict the defending Champs to a modest score. LCC opened with Kit and Dharam, Kit started off great, hitting the first delivery, from Cecil, right back over his head for a six and following that up immediately with a boundary through midwicket. The first over went for 14 runs and LCC seemed to be on track with the start. But in the third over Dharam, unlucky on a controversial caught behind, was the first to fall, and an over later Kit (18) fell without a change in the score. Sakthi joined Sandeep but left without troubling the scorers and LCC’s score read 25/3 in 5.3 overs. With both openers gone and already into the middle order C4 were in the driver’s seat. They just needed a couple more wickets and they knew that LCC would be in trouble. With Bodha walking out and Jay still to come, LCC still had faith in getting to a defendable target. The next 10 overs, Bodha and Sandeep chipped away and started to build a partnership which raised the LCC total to 72 runs. Bodha seemed in good nick and was waiting for the slow bowlers to join the attack before he went on the attack. But when the change came only the opposite occurred, the very first ball from Vaidy saw Bodha’s middle stump rattled and C4 were pumped. They removed the dangerous Bodha for a very modest 27 runs with only 1 boundary and 2 sixes. C4 were hungry for more and knew that 1 more wicket could trigger the floodgates, but Jay had other plans today! Jay entered the match in the 16th over and he and Sandeep built another partnership, the most important partnership for LCC today. Sandeep played the anchor role, rotating strike, leaving, and defending with ease, and also frustrated the C4 attack for his stubborn batting technique. While Jay was on another level, pumping the bad balls out of the park and keeping a cool head to continue the rest of the way. Just after the second drinks break (27th over), Jay reached his 2nd half century of the season and a couple overs later Sandeep fell after making a crucial 38 which brought the LCC total to 160. Jay still batting strong on 55 knew he had to bat the rest of the 10 overs to get LCC in good position for the second half. He also knew he only had 60 balls left to get a 100. The next 6 overs LCC would lose 2 wickets and only make 22 runs. Jay at this point was on 71 and Raj joined the party. The last ball of the 37th over went for 6 and that was the trigger point for Jay, he quickly switched gears and sent the ball flying around the park. He scored only 6 runs in the 39th over and Raj also helped by launching the last ball of the over for 6. LCC were at their target of 200 and all focus from then was on Jay. Jay now on 86 with 1 over to go decided to take matters into his own hands. The last over was bowled by Mansoor and the first 3 deliveries went for the maximum, Jay parked him for 3 consecutive 6s and reached his Maiden CCL Century with 3 balls remaining! It was clean striking and the ball was clearing with ease, he still had some left in the tank and smashed the last ball over too! It was a fantastic knock by Jay, the best for LCC, in my opinion, and came at a crucial time for the team, this has been long over due and with his capabilities, we are sure to see some more in the future! Great Job Jay! LCC finished their innings with 237/7 after 40 overs. Both opening bowlers picked up 2 wickets each with Cecil being the pick of the two.
C4 knew that a 200 plus score is hard to chase especially against LCC’s bowling attack. They would have to play deep into the 40 overs to have a chance of a win. C4 opened with Ashish and Vaidy, and Raj with the very first ball seemed to have clipped Vaidy’s gloves, but wasn’t given. C4 knew that luck could be on their side today. But not for long, Jay removed Ashish in the 6th over and Sachin and Vaidy would fall in consecutive overs without much contribution. C4 were 8/3 after 8 overs. Sandeep and Srini walked out and both were determined to win this match and started dominating the LCC pace attack. In 6 overs they raised the score to 49 runs, but an over before the first drinks break, LCC’s captain decided to take a bold step and bring on a veteran spinner, to see if they could break this dangerous duo. And the move worked! Shailesh was brought in and the third ball Sandeep decided to step out and clear midwicket only to be short of his ground and be stumped! LCC would go into the drinks break with momentum on their side and Sandeep (20) back in the pavilion. After the drinks break LCC struck quickly removing Srini (18) and then the next over Shailesh removed Cecil and Satya on consecutive deliveries. LCC were cruising with 7 wickets down and only 59 runs on the board. Thushara (28), Siddharth (17), and Mansoor (24) played well but the damage was already done and LCC wrapped the innings up in the 30th over, with C4 only scoring 126 runs. LCC opening bowlers bowled very well to keep C4 restricted in the power play and that rubbed off on the other bowlers. Raj bowled 5 overs for 10 runs 1 wicket, Jay 7 overs for 21 runs and 2 wickets, but the pick of the bowlers was Shailesh for 5 overs, 2 maidens, 16 runs, and 3 wickets, picking up Sandeep, Cecil and Satya.
Man of the Match: Jay Pathak was rightly declared man of the match for his 112 off 77 balls and bowling figures of 7-1-21-2
See CCCC Vs LCC Scorecard
See CCCC Vs LCC match video
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