Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 1 (7-8 Apr 2018) - Last Updated 12-Apr-2018 10:08am
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By Ashish Singhal(CCCC);Preetham/Manjeet(CCB);Sanket Wagh(DCC);Shrisailesh Chari(FRCC);Narayan Madabusi(CSCC-Stars);Dharam Patel(LC
Apr 9, 2018
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Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 1 (7-8 Apr 2018)
CCCC @FCCC: T20, Sunday April 08, 2018 At Boltz, Fort Collins - Reported by Ashish Singhal(CCCC)
CCCC-Gold traveled to Boltz on Sunday morning for a delayed start game against T20 champions of last year FCCC.
FCCC won the toss and decided to bowl first considering the gusty wind passing though the ground. CCCC had a bad start with Ashish falling for a duck to a controversial catch near deep point boundary. Sandeep went in and had a partnership with Praveen where both mixed caution with aggression and took score past 50 in 8th over before Sandeep was dismissed for 23 to a beautiful catch behind the stumps by Darshan. Gold continued their innings with everyone playing positively and at the end of 20 overs scorecard read 166/6 with Praveen, Anil and Srini scoring 35, 38 and 23 respectively. Gold would have wanted at least 20 more runs on the board but felt this should be enough if they bowl well considering the gusty wind and a little bit extra bounce in the Boltz pitch.
FCCC started their chase with Darshan and Omar with Omar falling for a duck in the very first over. Shantanu came in and started scoring quickly with Darshan and took the score to around 50 in less than 5 overs before Sandeep getting rid of Shantanu. Naveen supported Darshan for few overs before getting out to Vaidy over deep midwicket. Dipal came in and this was the partnership which CCCC-Gold thought would be the crucial one to break considering the form in which Dipal ended last season. Dipal however did not trouble the scorer much and fell for a duck to Satya who really frustrated him and made him make the mistake and give a catch to Sandeep in the slips. Right when CCCC-Gold thought the match is theirs now, Sagar started to score around the park capitalizing on a couple of badly executed overs from CCCC-Gold. Meanwhile, Darshan got out in exact similar fashion as Naveen giving another blow to FCCC. At the end of 17 overs, FCCC needed 36 runs with 5 wickets in hand. Cecil bowled 18th over in which CCCC-Gold dropped 3 catches off 4 consecutive balls and gave life to both Sagar as well as Nikhil. However, Sandeep bowled 19th over beautifully and claimed a hat-trick in the over bringing CCCC-Gold back in the game. The first wicket of this hat-trick fell in the form of Sagar who was brilliantly caught at deep midwicket boundary by Satish. FCCC needed 11 runs of the last over with 2 wickets in hand. FCCC lost their 9th wicket on the first ball of the over which brought an injured Rajesh Idate to the crease. I should mention here that Rajesh split his webbing in the middle of the game and had to go to ER to get some stitches. Srini bowled the remaining of the over being calm and maintained his cool to yield only 6 runs leading CCCC-Gold to a 4 run victory over FCCC.
Man of the match: Sandeep Bollampally for his superb all round performance.
See FCCC Vs CCCC Scorecard
See FCCC Vs CCCC Match Video Part 1
See FCCC Vs CCCC Match Video Part 2
YCC @ CCB: T20 game, April 8, 2018 at Lower Garden Acres, Longmont - Reported by Preetham/Manjeet(CCB)
CCB’s first game of the T20 season was scheduled to be played against YCC at Longmont on Sunday, 8th April 2018. Fortunately, the skies cleared up from the gloomy weather we experienced the previous week and a bright Sunday morning welcomed both the teams. The game was set to begin at 10am. Both the teams and the umpires were on time and the game started the game at 10:05 am.
YCC won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to a good start with no wickets until the end of 4th over. It took just 3 balls for Kanagaraj who was CCB’s first change bowler to get the first breakthrough with two wickets in two consecutive deliveries and he just missed out on a chance for the first hat-trick of the season.
However, Sachin looked solid for YCC and anchored the innings till 7 overs by scoring 26 of just 18 deliveries. By the end of 1st break YCC were 55/4. CCB got off to a great start during the 2nd half after the break with a wicket in the first ball by Ramankanth getting Thushara caught in mid-wicket and dismissing him for just 16 runs. The highlight during the last 5 overs of CCB’s bowling attack was Hari B who surprised the bowlers by his slow looping mile high deliveries and turned out to be the best bowler for CCB with 4 wickets. At the end of 17 overs YCC were all out and set a score of 103 on the board. Kanag and Kamal contributed well with 2 wickets each.
In response, CCB started off aggressively with a home-run by Harsha in the first ball of the 2nd innings. Openers gave a good start scoring 28 runs in just 2 overs. This streak did not last long as CCB lost quick wickets in the next couple of overs and were 57/3 by the end of 6th over. Kamal and Chirag played a responsible innings by sensible partnership of 44 runs and pleased the audience with their classy cover drives and boundaries over deep square and point.
Kamal contributed an outstanding 35 runs on the scorecard in just 29 deliveries with Chirag backing him up by scoring 17 runs. YCC bowlers turned out pretty expensive in their economy, but managed to get 4 important wickets with Abhijit being most economical bowler with one wicket. CCB breezed through the total of 104 in just 11.2 overs
Man of the Match: Hari Bharadwaj for his superb bowling spell of 3-0-24-4.
See YCC Vs CCB Scorecard
DCC @ BCC: T20 game, April 08, 2018 at Lower Garden Acres, Longmont - Reported by Sanket Wagh(DCC)
First game of the season is always an important one, gives confidence and boosts the morale - as it happened on the April 8th 2018. DCC won the toss and elected to bat first. It was a bright sunny day and it just started the way DCC wanted. Sameer and Manjinder started off well to give a good start, but BCC bowlers were quick enough to get rid of Sameer, followed by Pranveer, Jaswinder and Harpreet who did their bit to take the score up to 92 at the end of 11 overs. But it was Sanket and Roshan who built up the partnership by scoring a quick 30(20) and 28(15) to give DCC a good total of 170. BCC bowlers struggled but kept the wickets going, Zaid(4-0-22-2) and Shinu(4-0-24-1) bowled well to keep up with the economy and got important wickets.
Target of 170 looked quite strong on the board, but BCC got off to a good start when Ben and Rajat started looking strong for the first 10 overs. It started to turn into an easy target for the BCC batsmen until Harpreet got rid of Ben 44(36) and Om 19(16), two important wickets, that brought DCC back into the game. Harpreet played a crucial role in getting back the momentum, much required for DCC to win this match. But this too didn’t last long, as Hardik and Jimmi started to build a partnership and started getting important runs on the scoreboard. Pranveer made sure to get Jimmi’s wicket and Sameer got Hardik run out, which defined the turning point of the match.
As the runs kept coming, it looked like either of the teams would take away their first T20 win. Both the teams didn’t look comfortable as the target got closer and BCC was losing wickets. With 9 runs remaining off the last over, Manjinder decided to confidently bowl the last over to deliver the much needed captain’s touch, and he succeeded in not only stopping them, but by getting a wicket.
At the end, BCC fell short of 4 runs and this thriller of a match was won by DCC.
Man of the Match: Harpreet Singh for his superb efforts with the ball (4-0-16-2) to help DCC get back into the game.
See DCC Vs BCC Scorecard
FRCC-A at CSCC-Stripes: T20 game - Sunday Apr-8 2018 2pm at Memorial Park, Colorado Springs – Reported by Shrisailesh Chari(FRCC)
FRCC-A travelled to Colorado Springs to play CSCC-Stripes in their first T20 match for the 2018 season. Rohit Saini, the FRCC-A captain won the toss and elected to bat on a ground which would provide good value for shots due to the lack of grass. Sumeet and Amal (the usual suspects) opened the innings and FRCC-A got off to a flier scoring at 20 runs per over. Sumeet tried to hit one too many off Naga and was out LBW (21 off 9) who bowled fast and well on the day. Rohit then joined Amal to keep the hitting going. Amal was hitting the ball all over the park, over the top and along the ground. But he got out playing his shots for 44(22) to bring Sanket to the crease.
Sanket got some dollies as soon as he came in, as he plundered 34 runs off two overs of Mohanprabhu. Rohit at the other end was steadily going along hitting some huge sixes in between. Both of them gave catches but CSCC-Stripes fielders could not hold onto them as Sanket brought up his 50 very quickly followed by Rohit bringing up his 50 as well. Both were looking good to his their first centuries of the season. Rohit then accelerated and hit some big shots before he got out cutting a slow ball to point to get out for a well made 81(40). Abhinav came in next but wasn’t able to connect the shots as cleanly as the batsmen before him. Sanket in the bid to get his century got out knicking one to the keeper off Abhay Natu scoring 72(36). For the last couple of overs of the innings, Kalyan and Abhinav played some glorious boundaries through the off side, some being powerful carpet shots to take FRCC-A to a record total of 277 for the loss of 5 wickets at the end of the allotted 20 overs.
In response CSCC-Stripes started off steadily but lost their way losing three wickets off beautiful inswingers by Shubhashish Dash’s second over (Steve 2(6), Gaurav 0(3) and Mohanprabhu 0(1)). Chaitanya at the other end was bowling beautifully at great pace and was swinging the ball out. He hit Vivek in his arm with a fast bouncing delivery which forced him off injured before getting a wicket in his third over off another outswinger on the stumps which the batsman did not pick (Alagarsamy 9(19)).
Abhinav and Shrishailesh bowled the next 8 overs with Abhinav bowling excellent lines and lengths varying his pace regularly. Shrishailesh bowled two overs of pace and two over of left arm spin picking up one wicket with each kind of bowling with Amal and Rohit taking one catch each (Sudheer 9(14) and Vamsi 8(13)) but not before Vamsi hit him for a gorgeous cover drive boundary. Sanket Sharma followed up his batting performance by running Selvam 3(7) out with a direct hit at the non striker’s end from mid off. CSCC-Stripes did not lose any more wickets as Abhay 17(27) and Sunil 21(29) played will scoring some nice boundaries off Kalyan and Girish to finish the innings at 84 for the loss of 7 wickets.
FRCC-A won the match by a mammoth 197 runs.
Man of the Match: Rohit Saini for his 81 off 40 balls hitting 5 fours and 5 sixes at a strike rate of 202.50.
See FRCC-A Vs CSCC-Stripes Scorecard
CCCC-Green @ CSCC-Stars: Twenty20, Sunday April 8, 2018 10am at Memorial Park, Colorado Springs - Reported by Narayan Madabusi (CSCC-Stars)
CSCC-Stars won the toss and elected to bat. They lost their first wicket cheaply when umpire misjudged a caught behind decision, but Sandeep and Kervyn played exceptionally well to keep the score ticking. Kervyn played some fabulous shots and scored 56 before being dismissed. Sandeep was at his best playing some exquisite shots and keeping up with Kervyn’s scoring rate. He was eventually dismissed at 62. Fahad and Viswa chipped in with quick cameo to help Stars post 203. For Green, Mehul was their best bowler claiming 3 wickets.
Green started the innings cautiously. They held on to their wickets, but were unable to score any runs. Gus and Shiva fought through the opening burst of Prasanna and Nick who were moving the ball considerably. Stars finally broke through via a run out and then Green started to lose wickets regularly. Gus top scored with 22. Narayan claimed 2 wickets for Stars. In the end, CSCC-Stars won the match by 111 runs.
Man of the Match: Sandeep Dubbaka for his steadfast 62 off 41 with 9 fours
See CSCC-Stars Vs CCCC-Green Scorecard
LCC @ RCC: T20, Saturday April 7, 2018 2pm at Memorial Park, Colorado Springs - Reported by Dharam Patel (LCC-Lions)
The first match of the season and RCC were hosting LCC at Memorial Park. Cricket season usually marks the beginning of summer, but the conditions this day seemed like the backdrop from the movie Frozen. Trees were frosted and although the weather in Denver was well in the 50s, Springs was covered in Fog and a frigid 40 degrees. By start time the weather was right at 45. RCC won the toss and elected to bowl first.
LCC opened with their usual openers, Dhiren and Dharam. Dhiren faced and the first over was a prelude to what was to come for the rest of the innings. First ball was a wide and the next 6 balls found the boundary rope ending with 31 from the first over. Unfortunately, Dharam got run out in the second over but Dhiren kept going his normal way. There was some brutal hitting and clean striking of the ball. RCC bowlers didn’t know where to bowl to Dhiren and all the fielders could do was fetch the ball. The day was his, none of the other LCC batsmen needed to contribute much except give him strike and that’s what they did. Dhiren reached his 50 in 19 balls with a four through point. We will now just fast-forward because honestly nothing besides Dhiren’s batting mattered. In the 11th over Dhiren reached his 100 off 37 balls and brought it up with a Six over midwicket. LCC’s score read 135/3 and the target was looking big if Dhiren continued. He did and he then brought up his 150 in the 18th over scoring that of just 60 balls. Dhiren got caught in the 19th over with LCC’s score reading 224/6. Dhiren scored 164 off 67 balls with 13x4s and 14 maximums. Everyone at the ground witnessed some incredible hitting. He hit a six in every direction of the ground and used the entire ground for his runs. The best shot must have been the second six he hit in the first over which went over cover-point and basically started his day! LCC finished the 20 overs with 241/7. Rezwan scored 12, Sakthi scored 14, and Dhruv scored 13, but the day was Dhiren’s! Just superb batting from him and many, many more to come! Akilesh, Rajdeep, Srikanth, Vikrant, and Satish all took one wicket each with Rajdeep being the most economical bowler.
RCC needed to chase a big score and with rain forecasted in to come into play they needed to do it fast. But the LCC bowlers were charged up after the first innings and ready to get wickets quick so that they can try to avoid the rain. LCC opened with Jay and Rezwan and RCC with Adarsh and Vikesh. With the ground playing quick and fast, LCC pacers needed to be tight and the field placement needed to be perfect. The RCC openers saw the first 2 overs well and without much excitement. But Jay started his 2nd over with a bang, Vikesh got bowled and on the 5th ball of the over Adarsh was caught at mid-off by Raj. Rezwan continued to bowl very well with his pace and bounce and just missing the edges. That tight bowling rubbed off and Jay took advantage of it. Dharam took a blinder at short gully on the first ball of the over and Jay then bowled Manikant on the 4th ball. Rezwan bowled very well and rightly deserved his Maiden CCL wicket getting Vikrant bowled. Shailesh and Bhavya were the next 2 bowlers introduced into the attack as LCC wanted to get through their overs quick. Shailesh bowled well and got 2 scalps for 5 runs in his 2 overs. Rain started in after the 12th over and with this being the first match, and rain forecasted for the rest of the day, the umpires rightly decided to call the match. RCC were at 49/7 after 12 overs and with Duckworth Lewis coming into play LCC were adjudged winners by 123 runs. Rezwan bowled very well and looks very promising as an All-Rounder for this League, picked up 1 wicket in his 4 overs and bowled a maiden too. Jay was the pick of the bowlers picking up 4 wickets in his 4 overs and giving 21 runs.
Man of the Match: Dhiren Patel for his incredible batting performance scoring 164 off 67 balls with 13x4s and 14x6s
See LCC Vs RCC Scorecard
See LCC Vs RCC match video
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