Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 17 (4-5 Aug 2018) - Last updated 8-Aug-2018 11:10pm
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By Vikrant Thakre(RCC);Srikant Pulugurtha(RCC);Rajesh Rathod(CCB);Dharam Patel(LCC-L);Raj Chitikila(LCC-L);Kervyn Dimney(CSCC-Stars)
Aug 7, 2018
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Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 17 (4-5 Aug 2018)
RCC @ FRCC: Premier – 12 pm Saturday Aug 4, 2018 at Lower Garden Acres, Longmont - Reported by Vikrant Thakre(RCC)
On a pleasant Saturday afternoon of Aug 4th RCC arrived at Longmont to fight it out against FRCC. With a recent T20 win against FRCC, RCC were energized and were hopeful to register another win. On the other hand, FRCC was planning to take the revenge of the loss. The stage was set; sun was beating down hard to test skill, endurance, and stamina of both sides. Game started at 12 noon.
FRCC Captain Sumeet Khule won the toss and elected to bat first. FRCC expected a fluent start from its openers Sumeet and Sanket, but Sumeet got hurt by an excellent in swinger from Rajdeep. Abhinav and Sanket tried the stabilize the inning by playing very carefully but Sanket got bowled in 7th over by an excellent delivery from Akhilesh.
FRCC kept losing wickets on regular intervals and were in trouble at 4-57 when Sumeet was caught by Satish at extra covers in Vikas’s bowling. Rohit Saini and Subhashish Dash rose to the occasion by playing with lot of temperament. They looked very comfortable with RCC's bowling and were hitting regular boundaries. Vikrant was trying lot of different bowling changes to somehow get the wicket and break the partnership but nothing was working in RCC’s favor.
At the end of 30 overs FRCC looked in total control with 123 runs on board, Rohit and Subhashish looking in great form and looking to score close to 200 runs.
Vikrant got Satish back into the attack at 33rd over mark and got Rohit’s wicket by an excellent outswinger. Vikrant took an excellent one-handed catch. This was the turning point of the match. FRCC kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were all out on 160 thanks to excellent bowling from Satish, Srikanth and Rajdeep. Satish was pick of the bowlers taking 5 important wickets. Subhashish was the highest scorer with 48 runs and well supported by Rohit for his 30 runs.
160 was a tricky score and RCC was hopeful that they would be able to chase it easily. Rohit gave an early breakthrough by taking the RCC’s top batsman Vikesh with his excellent in swinging delivery.
Vinodh and Abhijit tried to stabilize the innings with watchful batting ; but Vinodh was bowled on 12th over.
Ben walked in with lot of pressure to chase the big score. Abhijit got out for well-made 23 of 57 balls by an excellent catch from Subhashish. RCC was looking in trouble with a score of 54/3 at the end of 17 overs. Ben and Srikanth rose to the occasion by putting together an excellent partnership of 38 runs. Ben was scoring at a very good pace. He got out with an excellent slow delivery from Rohit.
Srikanth and Satish were scoring quick runs and looking to take the game away from FRCC when RCC was 118/4 at the end of 30 overs. But FRCC made a comeback with quick wickets of Satish and Srikanth and RCC were looking in trouble with 120/6. Vikrant and Rajdeep built a good partnership of 27 runs and RCC was looking in control with 147/6. But FRCC made a comeback again with quick wickets of Rajdeep and Vikrant and they were 150/8.
With only 11 runs needed in 4 overs, Vikas walked in and made a watchful partnership with Kaushik. Kaushik finished the match in style by hitting a six on Rajesh Kumar’s ball. RCC won by 2 wickets.
Rohit was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 wickets and giving only 16 runs of 8 overs. Subhashish also bowled very economically giving only 21 runs of 8 overs and picking 1 wicket. Ben was the highest scorer from RCC.
Men of the Match: Shrikanth Pulugurth for his superb batting 23 runs of 34 balls and and bowling effort of (6-0-22-1); and Satish Kanagala for his superb balling performance of (5-0-29-5).
Scorecard: See FRCC Vs RCC Scorecard
CCCC @ RCC: T20 - 8am Sunday Aug 5, 2018 at Cornerstone Park, Littleton - Reported by Srikant Pulugurtha(RCC)
RCC’s first of the 4 important must win games of this season as they start the Round2 with Just 2 points and needing at-least 8 points to Qualify for the play-offs. CCCC-Gold was starting with 4 points and a very good Round1 form.
Due to early morning showers the umpires decided to delay the start by 30 mins, match started at 8:30 AM. CCCC won the toss and elected to bowl on a cloudy morning that looked like perfect swinging conditions. In-reply RCC started positively with openers Vikesh (37 off 34) and Adarsh (28 of 29) mixed caution with aggression keeping the good balls out and smashing balls to the boundary frequently. CCCC came back strongly to limit RCC from 63-0 (9 Overs) looking to up the run rate to 78-4 (12.4 Overs) with Satya picking up (4-0-25-4) for the bowling team. Middle Order came to the rescue with Srikanth (42 of 25) played an attacking innings, anchored one end while the other batsman provided the much-needed partnerships and death overs push to help RCC to get to a fighting 148/8 score.
In response, CCCC started all guns blazing. Srini (66 off 40) was hitting 6’s at will in the initial overs and building an important partnership with Praveen (27 of 29). At one-point CCCC were 114-2 in 12 overs and Just needing 34 runs of 8 overs with 8 wickets remaining. RCC bowling stood tall and pulled off a miraculous comeback. Satish (3-0-17-2) bowled a beauty slow ball to get Srini and Srikanth (2-1-2-1) bowled (13th over) a maiden amongst the crazy onslaught. As they say, one wicket changes everything, that’s exactly what RCC was aiming for. From needing 34 of 48 suddenly it became 30 runs of 30 balls. Pranay (4-0-26-3) and Rajdeep (3-0-20-2) contained the CCCC batsmen and picked up wickets at regular intervals in the next spell. CCCC was limited to 139-6 (19 Overs).
Fittingly, given this was the 2nd close game RCC had won this week, the match came down to the last ball. 7 runs were needed of the last over for CCCC and Rajdeep bowled a beautiful over to win the game for RCC by 2 runs with Vikranth catching the last ball (and in the process cut his finger) to dismiss Bhupinder (14 off 17).
Man of the Match: Srikant Pulugurtha for his superb all-round effort with both bat (42 of 25) and ball (2-1-2-1) to win his team the T20 match.
Scorecard: See RCC Vs CCCC-Gold Scorecard
Match Video: See RCC Vs CCCC Match Video
CCB @ DCC: Premier – 11.30am Saturday August 4, 2018 at Cornerstone Park, Littleton - Reported by Rajesh Rathod(CCB)
CCB won the toss and elected to bowl first. Manjinder gave DCC a good start scoring 28 of 37 balls, hitting two long sixes. However, other end batsmen were too quite thanks to tight bowling spells by CCB bowlers. Thanks to steady middle order batting by Sameer (12 of 13), Om(17 of 35) and Sanket (20 of 28), DCC managed to put tricky score of 131 on board. From CCB, Preetham was pick of bowler taking 3 wickets giving just 23 runs. Kamal and Kanag took 2 wickets each and Satyam as usual at his economic (8-1-17-1) best took 1 wicket.
In response, CCB had a bad start losing Rakesh and Prasanth very early. Satyam with bat this time stabilized the inning with Kamal. When CCB inning was seemingly settling down, they lost Satyam(21 of 41) and Preetham(4 of 8) in quick succession. Bhaskar went in next, calmed the nerves with his solid defense initially. He along with Kamal slowly took momentum away from DCC, scoring 1’s and 2’s and occasional boundaries. Both made sure, CCB doesn’t lose anymore wickets and chasing down the target quite comfortably in 27.3 overs. From DCC, Santosh was best bowler, bowled exceptionally well spin (8-216-2) taking 2 wickets.
Man of the Match: Kamal Ponday for his brilliant match winning half century (63 of 57).
Scorecard: See CCB Vs DCC Scorecard
FCCC @ LCC-Lions: T20, August 5, 2018 - Cornerstone Park, Littleton - Reported by Dharam Patel(LCC-L)
A crazy day at Cornerstone on Sunday, with 3 T20 matches being played on it and unpredictable weather conditions. At times rain was falling so hard, yet the sun managed to be shining bright. Very humid conditions followed but the final match of the day was between old time rivals FCCC and LCC-Lions. FCCC won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Dhiren and Dharam opened the innings, Dhiren started the day with a six in the first match and continued it with another six in the second match, but in the second over, Naveen got Dharam for a duck. Rezwan joined Dhiren and the pair built a 73 run partnership in 8 overs. Dhiren being the main aggressor, he scored a very quick 52 off 22 balls with 3 fours and 5 massive sixes. Bodha joined Rezwan but didn’t trouble the scorers as he was caught trying to clear the boundary for only 3 runs. Rezwan was looking good with 30 from 24 balls, but an edge found the top part of his pad and the ball ballooned up for an easy catch for the keeper. At this point LCC had the run rate they wanted, 94/4 in 9.5 overs, but the big wickets were falling. Jay decided to go on the attack and was dispatching balls at will. He quickly added to the target and made sure to keep the LCC run rate as close to 10 as possible. He hit some huge sixes, 6 of them, on his way to a 26 ball 45, with only 1 four. LCC were still in a good position to post a big target. Sakthi (24) and Sandeep continued to keep the scoreboard ticking but Manoj Acharya gave LCC that final boost to get to a 180 target with a 6 and 4 on the last 2 balls of the innings.
Fort Collins bowled well to keep the Lions to 186. Naman, Naveen, and Omer got 1 wicket each, but the pick of the Fort Collins bowlers was Darshan Jinendra, who got 3 wickets in his 4 overs for 36 runs. He picked up the big scalps too, Bodha, Rezwan and Jay.
FCCC definitely has the batting order to chase down 186 and they opened with Santanu and Omer. But LCC got to a great start, Dhiren got Santanu bowled on the first ball of the innings. Not a good day for both captains with the bat! After a few big blows, Dhiren also bowled Faiq in the 3rd over. FCCC still had the batsmen to get to the target but once Jay was introduced into the attack, things started to get interesting. From one end LCC bowlers were getting thrown around the park, but Jay kept adding to his wickets tally. Omer (15) was the first to go, then Darshan hit Jay for a 4 and then a massive six, but the following ball he decided to clear the long-off boundary and instead was caught by Sohil. Sohil was fielding inside the 30 yards and ran back, turned, settled under and took one of the best catches we have ever seen. Darshan was also in shock and LCC knew at this point they can use the momentum. Naveen (23) soon followed and in the same over Jay trapped Gopal for 3 runs. Jay got his 5th wicket in his final over getting Nikhil caught. Jay finished his 4 overs with 5 wickets, his first in 2 years. Rajesh (22) and Sagar (24*) tried to get something going at the end but the target was just too far for them and FCCC only managed to get to 128 in their 20 overs losing 9 wickets along the way.
Dhiren and Dharam picked up 2 wickets each, but the star of the Lions bowling was Jay Pathak, for his 5 wicket haul in 4 overs for 24 runs.
Man of the Match: Jay Pathak for his excellent all-round performance with bat and ball, scoring 45 runs off 26 balls which included 1x4 and 6 huge sixes and picking up 5 wickets in his 4 overs.[/b]
Scorecard: See LCC-Lions Vs FCCC Scorecard
Match Video: See LCC-Lions Vs FCCC match video
CCCC-Gold @ LCC-Lions: T20 – 11:30 am, Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Cornerstone Park, Littleton - Reported by Raj Chitikila(LCC)
Gold won the toss and elected to bat. Anil gave them a rollicking start with two huge sixes over point off Jay. But Dhiren drew first blood in the 3rd over of the game, bowling Srini who was fresh off a stellar knock of 66 in the early game against RCC. Anil (19) was unable to really follow through on his promising start, getting out in the 6th over thanks to a well taken catch by the wicket keeper off Manoj. Still, Gold was well-positioned at 38 for 2 at that point and looked to set a good total with the accomplished Sandeep at the crease. At this point, LCC’s experienced bowlers clamped down with miserly spells by Dhiren (4-1-11-2), Jay (4-1-17-2), and Raj (4-0-16-1) not allowing the batsmen any freedom to unleash big hits. Most unfortunately for Gold, Sandeep was unable to get much of the strike. While his partners went in and out at regular intervals without troubling the scorers too much, Sandeep only faced 35 balls during the 15 overs he spent in the middle. His 43 runs with 3 fours and sixes each was the sole, valiant effort from Gold. Rezwan’s spectacular bowling claimed 3 wickets in just 2.4 overs, and Gold ended their innings at a modest 91.
Lions’ response managed to be both flashy and measured at once. Dhiren had his typical innings, beginning with his trademark first ball six. He and Dharam plundered the bowling at will, with a combined 7 fours and 6 sixes. Dharam fell in the 7th over after a superb 40 off 23 balls, and with the score already at 73. Dhiren was unlucky to end short of a well-deserved fifty, completing the chase in the 11th over after scoring 47* off just 30 balls.
Man of the Match: Dhiren Patel of LCC-L for his fantastic 47 not out and 2 wicket haul.
Scorecard: See CCCC-Gold Vs LCC-Lions Scorecard
Match Video: See CCCC-Gold Vs LCC-Lions Match Video
FRCC-B @ CSCC-Stars: Twenty20 - 3:40pm Sunday Aug 5, 2018 at Memorial Park Criterium, Colorado Springs - Reported by Kervyn Dimney(CSCC-Stars)
CSCC-Stars won the toss and elected to bat hoping to put in a big score. CSCC-Stars started well but the FRCC-B bowlers too bowled well to keep the CSCC-Stars batsmen within check. CSCC-Stars were able to maintain 6 runs an over for the first five overs as Santosh was able to hit some good shots, while Kervyn was still scratchy. Vaibhav Tanpure, bowling the sixth over, with his slow outswingers got the first break by getting Kervyn stumped, after missing the ball and not getting back into the crease for a throw from Manohar the wicket-keeper. That brought in Vikas who provided the aggression to increase the tempo of the scoring but was soon out off Vaibhav to a skyer near short mid-on that was well judged and caught by Gaurav in the 10th over with 68/2 on the board. Hamayun took Vikas' spot and with Santosh was trying to build a partnership. Santosh hit a huge six and was well on his way to make a 50, but was unfortunate to be bowled while on 42 in the 12th over, again by a Vaibhav Tanpure delivery. Vaibhav had picked up 3 wickets of the openers. Score was 76/3. Hamayun and Narayan were playing Vaibhav and Gaurav carefully, but a comeback from Rajeshkumar saw Narayan LBW at the end of the 14th over..86/4. Hamayun did not stick long and was caught by Sudharshan. Prasanna and Tarun stayed there for the rest of the innings, with some hits that saw CSCC-Stars pass the 100 mark at the end of 16 overs. Some good hitting from Tarun(26 off 16 balls) with 2 fours and a six; and some good running between the wickets, provided the much needed runs to lift CSCC-Stars to 134/7 before Prasanna (19 off 17) was LBW and Tarun run out in the 20th over.
Vaibhav Tanpure(4-0-14-3) and Rajeshkumar Jha(4-0-21-2) were the pick of the FRCC-B bowlers.
Prasanna opened the bowling for CSCC-Stars, while Vivek Madhavan and Srivathsan opened for FRCC-B. They wanted to accelerate, but Vivek chose to play across and got hit in the box and was Retired hurt. Rajeshkumar played some good shots to hit a four and six, and taking the occassional singles to see FRCC-B at 24 at the end of 6 overs. With the introduction of Narayan, Rajeshkumar found it difficult to connect the first 3 balls and skyed the 4th one at point, only to be caught well by Santosh Gaddam bringing the break through and Vivek Madhav back in. Tarun followed up that tight over with giving away only 3 runs in the 6th over. Both Tarun and Narayan bowled well to keep the FRCC-B scoring to a minimum, until Tarun bowled Vivek Madhavan in the 10th over, and the score reading 45/2 after 10 overs.
Newcomer Jarred Smit who had bowled a tidy 9th over, proved to be expensive in the 11th over giving away 11 runs. But the 13th over bore fruit to him when he took charge and got Srivathsan to sky one and caught it himself, giving him a wicket on his debut.
Nitya was introduced but Sudharshan and Rahul were lucky to get full tosses that they cleared for sixes. But a crafty Nitya bowled a wider one to get Sudharshan out of his crease to be stumped well by Vikas. With Manohar joining Rahul, a good throw from Santosh from deep midwicket into Nitya's hands, found Rahul out on the very next ball...score was 81/5 after 14 overs.
The next over from Narayan, saw another run out when Narayan stopped one in his follow-through, and threw back to wicket-keeper Vikas who was quick to knock the stumps off to see Shivraj run out. Seeing wickets fall so cheaply due to silly run outs, Manohar and Vaibhav decided to play smart. They started taking the singles and doubles but by the 17th over Narayan was able to bowl over Manohar..score was now 96/7.
Prasanna was brought into the attack to finish the tail, but Gandhar resisted, with 5 coming off the over. Nitya was continued and he didn't disappoint. He got Gandhar stumped on the 1st ball (after a wide), and then got Vaibhav stumped too on the last ball, giving away only 4 runs that over. That was some awesome keeping from Vikas.
With 30 runs to get in the last over, Prasanna bowled some slower ones to Gaurav and Srijeet who each got a single, ending FRCC-B's innings with 107/9, and saw CSCC win with 27 runs.
Pick of the CSCC bowlers were Nitya(4-0-34-3) and Narayan(4-0-11-2), while Srivathsan lead with 22 off 31 for FRCC-B.
Man of the Match: Santosh Gaddam for his outstanding knock of 42 that helped CSCC-Stars put some respectability to their score, a well judged catch, and a good throw to get a successful run-out.
Scorecard: See CSCC-Stars Vs FRCC-B Scorecard
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