Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 8 (2-3 June 2018) - Last updated 6-June-2018 5:54pm
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By Vaidy Krishnamoorthy (CCCC);Hamayun Zaheer(CSCC); Dharma Patel(LCC);Santanyu Ghosh(FCCC)
Jun 5, 2018
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Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 8 (2-3 June 2018)
CCCC-Gold @ YCC: T20 – 2PM Sunday Jun 3, 2018 at Lower Garden Acres Cricket Ground, Longmont - Reported by Vaidy Krishnamoorthy (CCCC)
CCCC faced YCC in a T20 game this past Sunday. The forecast was for a hot Sunday with the temperature hovering in the 90s. However, the weather gods relented and sent a good sprinkling of clouds to Longmont.
C4 won the toss and elected to bat first, but were off to an inauspicious start. Thushara bowled a fine first over, consistently generating outswing. He was rewarded with Mansoor’s wicket, bowled playing all around a pitched up swinging delivery. Unfortunately for YCC, that was all the assistance that their bowlers were able to eke out of the ball or the pitch all day. Srini joined Cecil (promoted up the order to open) at the crease and they put together a 101 run partnership. Cecil went after all the YCC bowlers right from the start, to end up with 85 (33b 9 Fours, 6 Sixers). Against the run of play and in his quest to get back on strike, Cecil was run out in sight of a hundred. Srini kept the attack going and scored 60 (32b 4 Fours, 4 Sixers). There were further contributions from Bhupi (22) and Satya (21) as CCCC managed to reach a healthy 208 in their 20 overs. Aniruddha bowled with good control after the initial onslaught from Cecil and Srini to pick up a 4 fer (4-0-29-4).
Sachin stuck a six of the first ball in YCC’s chase of the steep target, in what turned out to be the lonely bright spot (and boundary). None of YCC’s batsmen were able to get into double figures as CCCC put in a tight effort both with ball in hand and in the field. All six bowlers for CCCC picked up at least a wicket each with Cecil, Anil and Satya grabbing two each.
Man of the Match: Cecil Sunder for his all-round performance, 85 with the bat and 2-0-11-2.
Scorecard: See CCCC-Gold Vs YCC Scorecard
Match Video: See CCCC-Gold Vs YCC Match Video
RCC @ CSCC: Premier- 10 AM Saturday June 2nd 2018 at Memorial Park, Colorado Springs – Reported by Hamayun Zaheer(CSCC)
On a bright sunny day CSCC hosted RCC for their first game of the Premier format. Both the teams were eager to get their Premier campaigns off to a positive start. RCC won the toss and elected to bat first. RCC openers Abhijit Das, and Vikesh Parmar started cautiously as CSCC’s opening bowler Prassana Damodaran found his pace and length early on. With 7 runs on the board CSCC got the first breakthrough courtesy Prassana’s brilliant direct hit to run out Abhijit. CSCC went on to record 2 more run outs. Vikesh dug in on one end and played some fabulous shots to top score for RCC with 77 off 97 balls. Vikesh’s innings was ably supported by Vikrant Thakre, and Rajdeep Dhaliwal, who both scored 24 a piece. For CSCC, the pick of the bowlers were Prassana (8-0-17-1), and Narayan Madabusi (8-1-23-0). Nitya and Tarun chipped in with one wicket each. Thanks to Vikesh’s inning RCC scored a respectable 179/6 in their allotted 40 overs.
In response, CSCC openers started aggressively as Santosh started displaying his batting talent. Santosh showed no mercy and pulled the short balls with authority. Kervyn Dimney provided great support and dug in at one end to score 55 off 76 and remained not out. Santosh went on to score 69 off 56 with 10 fours and 1 six before he was run out. Santosh and Kervyn posted CSCC’s first 100 plus run partnership in a long time. With a great start to the chase, in walked Vikas and scored a brisk 33 with the help of 5 boundaries. CSCC romped to the win in the 28th over with the loss of two wickets. For RCC, Kaushik Natrajan picked up 1 wicket.
Man of the Match: Santosh Reddy for his superb innings of 69 off 56 balls and his economic spell of 21 runs off 6 overs.
Scorecard: See RCC Vs CSCC Scorecard
LCC-Lions @ ABQCC: T20, June 3, 2018 - Reported by Dharam Patel (LCC-Lions)
LLC’s tour of New Mexico ended with a T20 on Sunday morning. Match started at 9am as Rain was forecasted for the afternoon and gave LCC the time to travel back home. The weather was gloomy at times with clouds clearing around toss time. But the biggest factor for the match was going to be the wind. 15-20 mph wind gusts throughout the whole match would definitely play a big role in the match. LCC played in these conditions already this year when they played CSCC at Memorial Park and ABQCC is used to the windy conditions. ABQCC won the toss and elected to bat first.
Karan and Kunal opened the innings and Jay got LCC off to a great start by removing the ABQCC captain of the second ball of the innings. Alish joined Kunal and the 2 started cautiously but were trying to play the wind in their favor. Hitting the ball with the wind was a sure boundary. Kunal was in good flow as he pounded the bowlers back over long on. He was given a chance early in the 2nd over and took advantage of it. But trying to clear the boundary into the wind was very difficult and he skied one of off Dhruv and a very good catch by Amit saw Kunal only make 31. With one danger man gone, LCC decided to pull things back and in the 9th over a very well flighted ball by Shailesh got Alish (37) out stumped. In the 12th over Dharam got Jaimin Desai out for 1 and at this point LCC were looking very good and ABQCC (89/4) would need the big hitters to come in hard to give them a good total to defend. Nishant and Mangesh did just that and the pair came back strong and gave ABQCC something to defend. They got them to 150 with Nishant scoring 33 off 27 balls and Mangesh scoring 30 off 33 balls.
LCC bowlers had bowled well in the windy conditions. Jay, Shailesh, Dharam, and Dhruv all picked up a wicket each with Jay being the most economical bowler. Credit does go to Mangesh and Nishant at the end for their hitting and getting ABQCC to a respectable total.
LCC opened with Dharam and Jay. The two were ready to take advantage of the windy conditions and dispatch any loose ball. They got off to a flyer! The first over went for 11 runs and they kept the runs coming. ABQCC Captain Karan decided to bring himself on to the attack in the 4th over to try and cool the LCC openers down. Jay smashed a deep six over long on and the next ball tried the same shot again and didn’t get all of it, was caught at long on for 16 off 10 balls. Sakthi joined Dharam and Dharam continued to go after the bowling. He raced away to 30 runs in 20 balls but Karan again got the better of him trying to clear long off but LCC got the start they wanted with 54 after 6 overs. Needing another 100 runs with 14 overs to go LCC were looking good. Bodha (25 off 11 balls) joined Skathi and made an impact right away. He took Mangesh deep the first 2 balls and finished that over with 18 runs. But the very next over Karan trapped him in front, LBW, and LCC were looking like this could fall apart. 8 overs done and LCC had 83 runs on the board. Runs weren’t the issue but wickets in hand with LCC playing with 2 players short this match. Manoj Acharya joined Sakthi and the two played very sensibly for the rest of the way. Punishing the bad balls yet still rotating the strike frequently. They didn’t let the target get too far away from them and comfortably got LCC over the target of 151 in the 19th over. Sakthi played a very cool and calm 37 from 36 balls and Manoj reciprocated that with a 33 ball 32 from his end.
ABQCC bowlers had very good stints but the wind didn’t help the bowlers at all with an easy chip shot being able to clear the boundary. The pick of the bowlers was Karan who got all of the 3 LCC wickets with figures of 4-0-27-3.
LCC would like to give Albuquerque Cricket Club a BIG THANK YOU for hosting us for the weekend and really appreciated the hospitality they provided to us. We thank you all for your generosity!
Man of the Match: Dharam Patel for getting the start LCC needed with a rapid 30 runs off 20 balls and his 1 wicket.
Scorecard: See LCC Vs ABQCC Scorecard
Match Video: See See LCC Vs ABQCC Match video
LCC @ ABQCC: Premier, June 2, 2018 - Reported by Dharam Patel (LCC)
LCC decided to travel down south and were greeted very well by their hosts, ABQCC. The weather was great except the visitors were feeling the heat of their southern neighbors. With no rain forecasted and 90 degrees on the thermometer, LCC won the toss and decided to bat first. This would be the first Premier match for both teams as LCC’s previous Premier match was washed out.
LCC were playing with only 10 this match and opened with Dharam and Sakthi. Dharam (16) got out in the third over from a very good out-swinging delivery from ABQCC’s newest star Alish Dogra. Jay joined Sakthi and the two batted very sensibly. They put up a partnership of 108 runs and LCC were cruising to a big total. Jay was batting very well and reached his first 50 of the 2018 season in the 16th over with a huge six over square leg. Sakthi (29) departed soon after and made way for Bodha. Jay batted superbly for his 65 from 55 balls with 2x4s and 5x6s. Bodha steadied the ship back with Dhruv and scored a very cautious 35 from 55 balls. LCC reached their 200 at the end of the 32nd over. Manoj Acharya (26 from 13 balls), debuting for LCC joined Dhruv and blasted a 4 and a 6 to get LCC to 250 in the 39th over but departed the next over to a great handed catch in the slips by Subbu Iyer. LCC finished with 262 on the board and Dhruv finished on 44 not out.
ABQCC’s captain Karan Mahajan was the pick of the bowler with 2 wickets in his 8 overs. Alish, Kunal Patel, Mangesh Chaudhari, and Jaimin Desai picked up 1 wicket each. ABQCC could have restricted LCC but were wayward at times and gave up 43 extras.
In reply ABQCC started very cautiously. Mayur was dropped in the 2nd over by Dharam but the damage after wasn’t too bad as Jay picked him up 2 overs later. Both openers departed by the 10th over with only 30 on the board. But Mangesh and Ronak (15) batted through and got ABQCC to 97. Mangesh reached his 50 and was the highest scorer for ABQCC with 55 from 51 with 4x4s and 2x6s. Kunal Patel (20) departed cheaply and LCC were rolling again with the total looking further away. Jaimin Desai batted very well and got ABQCC back into the game with a 24 ball 43 and with Karan Mahajan still to come ABQCC were looking in a position to pull off the chase but the loss of Jaimin and a few quick wickets had ABQCC left with 1 wicket in hand and needing 10 an over. ABQCC were all out in the 38th over reaching 221 runs. Overall a good fight for both teams.
LCC’s bowlers bowled well but gave up 25 extras. Sohil, Amit, and Dhruv each took 1 wicket and Bodhayan and Jay took 3 wickets each.
Man of the Match: Jay Pathak for his all-round performance scoring 65 off 55 balls with 2x4s and 5x6s and bowling figures of 8-0-39-3 [/b]
Scorecard: See LCC Vs ABQCC Scorecard
Match Video: See LCC Vs ABQCC Match video
BCC @ FCCC: T20 - 10am Saturday June 02, 2018 at Lincoln Ground, Fort Collins - Reported by Santanu Ghosh(FCCC)
Narendra for BCC, won the toss and decided to bat first. BCC got off to a quiet start as FCCC’s opening blowing pair Amit Thakar and Rajesh Idate were bowling magnificently. Rajesh got the first beakthrough for FCCC when his brilliant incutter took the bails off through Om’s defenses. Ben and Jimi then started to build the BCC innings and getting big overs in between, which brought them to 85/1 in 12 overs. This time Rajesh Idate again gave a crucial breakthrough when he got Ben(52 runs of 39 balls) out caught behind by Darshan.
After that BCC lost their way in terms of scoring quickly and ended up putting 120 runs on the board, thanks to tidy bowling from Amit Thakar (4 Overs 13/0), Naveen KP ( 4 Overs 23/0), Rajesh GK(2 Overs 8/1) who was new addition to the team. Undoubtedly, pick of the bowlers from FCCC side was veteran quickie Rajesh Idate (4 Overs 7/2). Other than Ben, Jimi scored 43 Runs of 51 ball and remain not out.
Chasing 120, Gopal who was playing his 1st match of the season started fireworks for FCCC. Gopal gave FCCC a flying start with his beautiful clean hits. Before getting caught out on long off Gopal scored 38 Runs from 26 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes when FCCC was 56 runs in the 7th over. Darshan who scored his 2nd 50 of the season ended up scoring an unbeaten 55 in just 39 balls. Amongst this 55 runs last 31 runs came just from 12 balls. Darshan and Santanu (22 off 18 balls) completed the chase for FCCC in just the 14th over. Naredra (4 overs 31/1) got the only wicket of FCCC innings from BCC side.
Man of the Match: Darshan Jinendra for his 55 not out in 39 balls which included seven 4s and two 6s.
Scorecard: See FCCC Vs BCC Scorecard
Match Video: See FCCC Vs BCC Match Video Part 1 and Part 2
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