Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 20 (25-26 Aug 2018) - Last updated 29-Aug-2018 10:05pm
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By Manohar Karthikeyan(FRCC-B);Ronak Shah(ABQCC);Dharma Apparasu(LCC-T);Shrishailesh Chari(FRCC-A);Prakash Buggareddygari(DDCC);Santanu Ghosh(FCCC);Manjeet Inamdar(CCB);Raj Chitikila(LCC);Harpreet Singh(DCC);Kervyn Dimney(CSCC-Stars);Aniruddha Deshpande(YCC)
Aug 27, 2018
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Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 20 (25-26 Aug 2018)
LCC-Lions @ FRCC-B: Twenty20 – 3:00pm Saturday August 25, 2018 at Lower Garden Acres, Longmont - Reported by Manohar Karthikeyan(FRCC-B)
The game started on time with FRCC-B winning the toss and electing to bowl. LCC although playing close to full strength decided to bowl their part timers as none of their regular bowlers bowled on the day. Vivek Madhavan and Manohar Karthikeyan opened the batting for FRCC-B. They started off with a bang with both hitting a six before Manohar holed out trying to hit another one out of the park caught by Jay off Dhruv's bowling for 6(4). Rajeshkumar came in next and kept the trend going. He hit a big six before getting out immediately off Sohail’s bowling for 6(4) to a good catch by Zubin. Next in Vaibhav Tanpure hit a bit six before unfortunately Vivek ran him out for 7(8). Sudarshan captain coming in next tried to play steadily but was cleaned up by a good ball by Sandip when he tried an almighty swing for 9(14). While wickets kept falling at one end, Vivek kept going well at the other end hitting a few very good boundaries before getting out for 27(27) being cleaned up by Sandip again. With wickets falling at one end, next in Rahul Ahire was in a belligerent mood that day. He was helped by LCC apparently taking the game lightly with the middle over bowlers giving him short balls and overpitched balls which he put away for humongous sixes. He hit Sailesh Patel for a trio of sixes in his last over to bring up his 50 off 27 balls which included 6 massive sixes before he was cruelly run out without scoring any more. But unfortunately at the other end there weren't a lot of runs scored with Shivraj scoring 10(12), Srivathsan scoring 4(10), Srijeet scoring 4(3) and Sudip getting out for a golden duck off Jay’s surprising spin bowling. In the end FRCC-B ended their innings at 137 off their 20 overs with Rahul high scoring with 50 and Cor LCC Sandip was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets while Jay and Sohail took 2 wickets each and Dhruv taking 1.
Dhiren and Shaktivel came out to bat for LCC. But unfortunately for LCC, Dhiren did not last long as he was trapped right in front of his stumps by Rajeshkumar Jha with a sharp inswinger for a second ball duck 0(2). The script seems to have changed for LCC. Zubin came in next and steadied the ship for LCC with Shaktivel. But Shivraj bowled an absolutely stunning opening spell as he castled Zubin when he tried to flick a ball which went between his bat and pad onto the stumps for 15(17). Next in Jay hit Sudip for a big six off a short ball before Sudip came back beautifully to remove him caught out at short third man by Gaurav off a wonderful outswinger that went across him for 7(5). Next came Sandip, but Shaktivel did not last long as he was caught by Rahul when he took a brilliant running catch at long on where he seemed to pull the ball destined for a six out of the sky for 15(17) off Vaibhav’s bowling. Next in Bodhayan was the big wicket which FRCC-B needed to firmly get a grip on the game because he could take the game away in a flash on a small Longmont ground. But on a day when they played with fire in their bellies, Vaibhav Tanpure removed Bodhayan next as he skilfully removed him with a slow cutter outside off which he tried to tonk over mid wicket for 7(8). The ball went high in the evening sky which Rajeshkumar Jha did brilliantly to judge and take at the boundary. That was the moment when FRCC-B truly believed the game was theirs as it sparked some wild celebration among the FRCC-B players and the watching FRCC-A clubmates. This piled pressure on LCC, the unbeaten LCC, as they kept losing wickets regularly as Sandip top edged a Sudip delivery high in the sky which Vaibhav did well to catch in the infield for 16(23). Next in Rizwan, who was coming off a century against FRCC in the previous P40, struggled to hit the ball cleanly as wickets kept falling at the other end. Garnet was cleaned up by FRCC-B’s fifth bowler of the day Srijeet for 9(8). Next in Dhruv hit a six before he was dismissed by Rajeshkumar off his very next call as he was caught at point to a sharp catch by Sudip while he tried to cut a ball for 6(2). With LCC needing 40 off 4 overs, Rizwan had to go for it. But in the process he holed out to a brilliant catch running forwards by Shivraj for 20(13) as LCC lost their last hope. It seemed like FRCC-B were the unbeaten team as LCC folded under pressure as Sailesh Patel was run out off the next ball to a combination of Gaurav and Manohar for 1(1) as FRCC-B bowled out LCC-Lions for merely 98. In a match where LCC-Lions were supposed to swat aside FRCC-B which their batsmen having a field day, probably due to their overconfidence in bowling when they did not bowl a single of their regular bowlers, LCC-Lions lost their unbeaten record for the season. It was a historic day for FRCC-B as they showed they belong at the highest level of cricket that Colorado has to offer.
Man of the Match: Rahul Ahire for his brilliant batting performance scoring 50 off 27 balls and taking a stunning running catch at the boundary.
Scorecard: See LCC-Lions vs FRCC-B Scorecard
DCC @ ABQCC: Twenty20 - 12:04pm Sunday August 26, 2018 at Cornerstone Park Cricket Ground, - Reported by Ronak Shah(ABQCC)
Game was delayed due to first match between CCCC-Green and DCC who were running behind schedule. ABQCC won the toss and elected to bat. Playing it with 8 players ABQCC decided to put a decent score on the board after winning Toss. Harpreet Singh took a quick 2 wickets giving a good start to DCC. Mayur Patel on the other end playing a steady innings and Nishant Patel supporting from the other end. There was a quick 56 Run Partnership between them where Sahil Chaudhary gave a required break through by taking Nishant’s Wicket. Sanjay Bhakta and Subramanian Iyer Supporting Mayur from other end contributing some runs. Mayur played a beautiful innings of 86*(53) which includes 4 fours and 5 Sixes. With Mayur;s innings, ABQCC were able to put a decent target of 153 at end of 20 overs. Harpreet was the pick of the bowlers for DCC with figures of 4-0-20-2 respectively.
DCC chasing a total started with a decent start till 2nd over then they kept losing wickets frequently. Anand Ganti with two quick main wickets of Harpreet Singh and Sameer Chavan in his first over help ABQCC to start putting pressure on DCC batsman. Harish Namburi was the only DCC batsman to show some resistance scoring 25(25). Anand Ganti with 5 wickets in his spell helped ABQCC to win. Anand Ganti and Nishant Patel were pick of the bowlers for ABQCC with figures of 4-0-25-5 and 4-0-17-1.
Man of the Match: Mayur Patel for his anchor innings remaining not out for 86 runs in 53 balls with 4 fours and 5 sixes, and capturing 1 wicket.
Scorecard: See DCC Vs ABQCC Scorecard
ABCC @ LCC-T: Twenty20 – 3PM Sunday Aug 26th, 2018 at Cornerstone Park, Littleton - Reported by Dharma Apparasu(LCC-T)
ABCC won the toss and elected to bat. Anand Ganti and Mayur Patel opened the Innings they gave good start with caution They were 3 wickets down at 10 overs break with 55 runs on the board . Sanjay and Dhruv stablished the inning with Dhruv making 48 of 37 balls before getting run out and Sunjay making 30 runs as a result setting a defendable total of 135 runs.
From Blowing Imran got 2 wickets and Subbu talking 1 debuting in CCL
In response, LCC-T opened with Nayab Khan and Mayak Mittal, they gave aggressive start with Nayab taking the lead by scoring 37 runs , Mayank scored quick 12 runs before he got out LBW . Nayab got out at 9.5 over with 63 runs required in 10.1 overs with Dharma on crease, Manoj joining him . Dharma and Manoj played study innings Manoj putting bad balls away getting the target in 19th over. Manoj scored 37 runs not out and Dharma 30 not out.
Man of the Match: Manoj Kumar for his batting 37 and bowling.
Scorecard: See LCC-T Vs ABCC Scorecard
FRCC-A @ CCCC-Gold: Twenty20 – 8am Saturday August 25, 2018 at Lower Garden Acres, Longmont - Reported by Shrishailesh Chari(FRCC-A)
It was a delayed start to the game since there was a lot of dew on the ground. In such wet conditions, FRCC-A won the toss and elected to bowl first. It was a great toss to win as due to the wet conditions the ball would get heavy and would not travel a lot. That was exactly what happened as CCC’s openers Anil and Praveen came out to bat. Anil did not last long as he got caught at kid on by Abhinav off Chaitanya's bowling for 1(5). Next came in Sandeep and started building a partnership with Praveen, before Praveen got out in a similar fashion to Anil as he was caught by Abhinav off Subhashish’s bowling for 11(11) trying to clear the infield. Sandeep and next in Srinivasan tried to keep the scoring going and build a partnership, but because the ball was heavy and the ground was wet, it wasn't travelling. Unfortunately in such conditions in an attempt to clear the field Srinivasan got out caught by Shiril at deep mid wicket for 15(12) off Rohit’s bowling. Although wickets kept falling at one end, Sandeep kept calm and built the innings at the other end. He was given able support by Bhupinder as they stuck to their task, with Bhupinder picking singles and Sandeep hitting a boundary every over. Sandeep looked in ominous touch as he displayed his power hitting ability clearing the field with ease once the sun came out and the conditions started to dry out. He hit a total of 8 sixes(although it felt like much more) in his innings, most of them massive. Bhupinder unfortunately could not take the innings to conclusion as he holed out to Sumeet at cow corner trying to clear the field again off Rohit’s bowling. The pattern of dismissals continued throughout the innings. Cecil 13(11) and Vikram 8(4) at the end hit a six each to finish CCCC’s innings at 153/5 in their 20 overs. For FRCC-A, Murali was the pick of the bowlers bowling absolutely beautifully with figures of 4-0-15-0, unfortunate to not pick up a wicket. Rohit and Chaitanya picked up 2 wickets each, while Subhashish picked up 1.
In response FRCC-A’s openers came out all guns blazing. They were off to a flier scoring 41 off 3 overs. Amal was particularly in a destructive mood scoring 30(11 balls) hitting 5 boundaries before he top edged a Cecil delivery to Srinivasan. Next came Rohit, but Sumeet did not let the run rate slow down as he took Abhishek and Sandeep to the cleaners in the next two overs as FRCC-A ended the power play at 73/1. The game seemed done and dusted at that point, but things took a dramatic turn once the slow bowlers came into bowl and Abhishek bowling his next 3 overs beautifully with the ball bouncing a lot for him. Sumeet was struggling with forearm pain and hence could not get the power to clear the field as he holed out to Sandeep at deep midwicket off Vaidyanathan’s second ball. This slowed FRCC-A’s innings significantly with Rohit and next in Subhashish unable to get going. Rohit tried to break the shackles but could only hit the ball as far as Anil at long off off Vaidyanathan's bowling for 15(23). Next in was Sanket Sharma as he and Subhashish went about cautiously getting singles. But the slow bowling did not suit either's game as Subhashish got out trying to add some momentum to the innings off Sandeep’s bowling getting caught by Anil at long off for 19(28). Sanket followed soon after under ending a Mike’s delivery to the keeper Cecil for 15(15). The game seemed like it was slipping away from FRCC-A at this point, but Afshin had other ideas. In Mike’s last over Afshin displayed his hitting prowess by tonking two powerful flat sixes straight down the ground. In a display of sheer power, he smashed Sandeep next over deep midwicket for a mammoth six in the next over to all but finish the innings. Abhinav and Afshin took FRCC-A to victory in the last over. This is the kind of innings FRCC-A were waiting to see from Afshin and he delivered emphatically on the most important of moments and in a game which was being treated like a must win by FRCC-A.
Man of the Match: Sandeep Bollampally for his valiant and destructive batting effort of 76 not out from 52 balls in CCCC’s total of 153 albeit in a losing cause.
Scorecard: See CCCC-Gold vs FRCC-A Scorecard
FRCC-B @ FRCC-A: Twenty20 – 11:30am Saturday August 25, 2018 at Lower Garden Acres, Longmont - Reported by Shrishailesh Chari(FRCC-A)
It was a dream game for any club to have both of it's teams playing at the highest possible level. FRCC-A won the toss in this derby and choose to bowl first. Having practiced with each other throughout the season, the strengths and weaknesses of both teams were open secrets. Rohit Saini opened the bowling for FRCC-A against Vivek Madhavan and Srivathsan Vivekanandan for FRCC-B. In what can only be described as the best ball a bowler can bowl first up, Rohit bowled a searing inswinging yorker (words cannot describe the execution of the ball) to Vivek 0(1) which cleaned him up giving FRCC-A their first wicket. Rajeshkumar Jha came in next and was hit on the grill by a sharp bouncer and then tested with some really fast inswingers by Rohit. Rohit in the opening spell bowled with ferocity and pace as he unsettled the batsmen with his speed and bounce. Subhashish at the other end was at his absolute best, swinging the ball both ways as he got Rajeshkumar Jha 5(6) to edge an outswinging delivery to be caught by Sumeet Khule in the slips. With the ball travelling at great speed, it was an astonishing catch by Sumeet to jump and take the catch over his head. It was one of those catches which make you sit-up and say 'wow’. Continuing the trend of amazing dismissals, Srivathsan 0(3) was at the receiving end of a peach of a delivery from Subhashish, pitching in middle and leg and straightening to knock his off stump off. Next in Sudarshan withstood the barrage next few overs, but did not trouble the scorers much as he was trapped in front by a fast full delivery by Murali for 3(10). At the other end Vaibhav Tanpure was scoring well. He survived a fee scares trying to hit out, but managed to hit a few crunching drives along the way. But he soon fell to Shrishailesh being castled off a slow inswinger for 19(19). Next in Gandhar Vaidya and Rahul Ahire steadied the ship as they went about building a partnership. The highlight of the partnership were a pair of sixes, one each by Gandhar Vaidya and Rahul Ahire off Shrishailesh and Abhinav’s bowling respectively. But in an attempt to clear Abhinav once more, Rahul fell caught at deep midwicket by Subhashish for 11(13). Next in Shivraj did not last long as Subhashish trapped him in front of the stumps off a slow off cutter for a golden duck. Gandhar in an attempt to pick the run rate up, fell soon after for a well made 19(27) off Chaitanya's bowling. Next in Manohar was peppered with some short stuff by Subhashish but Manohar responded back emphatically with a flat six over long on off Sunhashish’s bowling. But that was to be the last significant contribution by an FRCC-B batsman as Manohar ran himself out for 9(6) to a direct hit by Afshin while Srijeet was trapped in front by Murali for 0(5) to aggressive celebrations by Murali. Gaurav at the other end was unbeaten for a steady 2(6) as FRCC-B were all out for 80 off 16 overs. Subhashish was the pick of the FRCC-A bowlers with 3 wickets while Murali took 2 wickets and, Rohit, Chaitanya, Abhinav and Shrishailesh too 1 each.
In response FRCC-A sent out Waqas and Amal out to open the batting. Waqas unfortunately did not last long as he tried to flick an inswinger by Manohar off the first ball to be trapped in front of the stumps for a golden duck 0(1). Each FRCC-A wicket sparked wild celebrations among the FRCC-B players as the friendly rivalry continued. Next walked in Murali who was very cautious to start with. Manohar and Shivraj bowled very well swinging the ball as they did not let FRCC-A’s batsmen get away with easy runs. In an attempt to force the issue Amal 1(7) got caught by Rahul Ahire at mid off, off Manohar’s bowling as FRCC-A made a stuttering start with the score at 5-2. Next in Abhinav looked steady as he started off taking singles. Murali at the other end was beginning to get a few singles off as he was cruelly adjudged run out off a direct hit by Rajeshkumar Jha for 5(13). It seemed like Murali had grounded his bat but jumped up to avoid being hit by the ball. Next in Subhashish Dash added some much needed impetus to the innings hitting his first ball off Rajeshkumar Jha for a six. He continued in the same vein of form as he hit a couple more maximums off Gaurav Kulkarni’s first over. Abhinav at the other end hit a few good looking boundaries as the FRCC-A batsmen started powering towards the target. But the chase could have been a bit more interesting had FRCC-B’s fielder's taken the numerous chances given to them by the batsmen. Subhashish Dash was dropped 4 times by the FRCC-B fielders and he survived what looked like a very close LBW shout. Abhinav was dropped by Gandhar Vaidya as they took FRCC-A home in 12 overs with 7 wickets in hand. It was a good game of cricket played with a friendly rivalry. The nature of the game and the result aside, it was a wonderful sight to see two teams from the same club play each other at the highest level of the competition.
Man of the Match: Subhashish Dash for his all-round effort of picking 3 wickets with the ball and scoring an unbeaten 39 off 24 balls including 4 sixes to take FRCC-A over the line in the chase.
Scorecard: See FRCC-A vs FRCC-B Scorecard
DDCC @ BCC: Twenty20 – 3:00 pm Sunday August26, 2018 at Lower Garden Acres, Longmont - Reported by Prakash Buggareddygari(DDCC)
BCC won the toss and elected to bat first. Saamyog and Jackson started the innings and they looked comfortable with the DDCC opening bowlers until the first 3 overs and then they lost both the openers Jakson 8(12) and Samyoog 4(10) in 4th over and it was an excellent over by Kangesh. Next, Amit and Satish planned to settle down, but again BCC lost their 3rd wicket Amit 3(5) bowled by Suri L as it was an excellent unplayable in-swinging yorker in the 6th over; and lost their 4th wicket Sathish 1(6) bowled by Banu in the 7th over.
Then Benjamin and Om Giridhar looked stable for few overs but lost Om Giridhar's 9(12) wicket in the 9th over by Madhav. At the end of 10 overs BCC score was 47/5. After the break BCC looked aggressive and planned to accelerate the innings but again they lost 2 quick wickets of Benjamin 14(14) to a beautiful catch by Swaroop P, and Emran 0(1) in Naresh Ballampalli's over. And then BCC played cautiously till 15th over without losing any wickets and scored 75/7 with the help of Satya D and Gowtham. Swaroop Reddy P was brought in for his second spell and took 2 quick wickets; and then picked up the last wicket in his 4th over. BCC was all out for 85 runs in 17.5 overs.
Best performances in 1st innings:
For BCC: Satya D 23(27) and Benjamin 14(14);
For DDCC: Swaroop (3.5-0-17-3),Naresh (2-0-4-2), Kangesh (4-0-9-1),SuriL(3-0-14-1),Bhanu(2-0-10-1), Madhav (2-0-15-1).
DDCC required 86 runs in 20 overs. Naresh B and Kranthi started the DDCC innings with a little slow runrate and scored 11/0 in the first 3 overs and faced best in-swinging balls by Benjamin. After settling down, they looked very comfortable in facing the BCC bowlers and scored couple of decent boundaries. They lost the 1st wicket at 74 runs when Naresh 43(35) was out in in the 9th over by Om Giridhar. At this moment, DDCC required 12 runs in 11 overs, and so DDCC's mighty opener Kranthi 38(22) finished the remaining runs in just 3 balls. DDCC won the match in 9.4 overs with 9 wickets in hand.
Best performances in 2nd innings:
For DDCC: Naresh B 43(35) and Kranthi 38(22);
For BCC: Om Giridhar (1-0-10-1) and Benjamin (4-1-13-0).
Man of the Match: Naresh Ballampallifor scoring 43(35) along with bowling figures of 2-0-4-2.
Scorecard:See DDCC vs BCC Scorecard
FCCC @ CSCC-Stars: Twenty20 – 3pm Saturday August 25th, 2018 at Memorial Park Criterium Ground, Colorado Springs - Reported by Santanu Ghosh(FCCC)
After winning the toss, FCCC decided to bat first. Both the FCCC openers Omer and Darshan started the innings with aggression. But Omar’s innings did not last long. On the other hand, Darshan continued his good form. His innings of 31 runs from 21 balls helped FCCC to get a reasonable start. Once he got out and CSCC introduced slow blowers, the run rate of FCCC innings started climbing down. At this time FCCC veteran Gopal Susarla (41 runs of 41 balls) did hold up the FCCC castle from one end and with help from Dipal (14 Runs) and Naveen(11 Runs) he kept the scoreboard ticking. FCCC could only manage to set a modest target of 126 runs mainly because of the tight blowing from Tarun (4 overs 14 runs for 4 wickets) and Rajadurai (4 overs 21 for 2 wickets).
Chasing a small total, CSCC-Stars got a reasonable good start of 37 runs in 5 overs from Kervyn and Santosh. When things looked to be in control of CSCC, Amit from FCCC did strike hard by picking up the key wicket of CSCC-Stars' opener Kervyn Dimney, caught out after scoring 20 runs of 15 balls. After this breakthrough, FCCC bowlers did show their metal and came back to the match with a couple for run outs and some amazing catches from Omar and Venky. Sometimes stats really cannot justify a performance – Bowling spell from Rajesh(4 overs 12 runs with 2 wickets) was a classic example of that. Darshan on the other hand again did the trick by picking up 2 wickets in his 4 overs spell which only cost 16 runs. Ravi (2 wickets), Amit (1 Wicket) and Dipal (1 wicket) were the other wicket-takers. Santosh was the highest run scorer (32) who got some support from Prasanna (18) from CSCC-Stars side.
Man of the Match: Gopal Susarla for his 41 runs in a low scoring match.
Scorecard: See FCCC Vs CSCC T20 Scorecard
Match Videos: See FCCC Batting and CSCC Batting
RCC @ CCB: Premier – 8 am Saturday August 25, 2018 at Cornerstone Park, Littleton - Reported by Manjeet Inamdar(CCB)
Rescheduled game between RCC and CCB from May brought more than just a regular season game. It brought in playoff implications, season standings, and CCB’s undefeated run against RCC. With a RCC win, they would sneak their way into the playoffs, and CCB would have win the next match against LCC and get help from other teams. With a CCB win, they would guarantee themselves at least a 2nd spot with the last game against LCC being inconsequential.
With an early 8AM start and dew on the ground, CCB won the toss and didn’t hesitate to bat first. CCB changed their opening lineup and started with Preetham and Manjeet. Manjeet looked comfortable on the crease while wickets kept falling on the other end. At the first hour break, CCB’s score read 57/3 with Manjeet scoring 43 runs. After the break, Manjeet lost his wicket to Satish. Satyam and Kamal started building partnership, but Kamal received peach of a delivery from Abhiram and was bowled. Satyam, steadied the innings with a newest member of CCB, Venkatesh Sirangu. They both got the score to 101 before Venky (14) fell to spin bowling of Kaushik. Kanag and Satyam paced the remaining CCB innings beautifully adding 53 additional runs before Kanag (22) got out trying to accelerate the innings. CCB was all out on the last ball of the innings for 173 runs. Satyam paced his innings until the end and remained not out on 74. Adarsh, Abhiram, and Rajdeep each picked up 2 wickets, while Satish and Kaushik picked up 1 wicket each.
Abhijit and Vikesh started RCC’s chase cautiously. However, Abhijit got out to a full toss from Manjeet. After the first wicket fell for 11 runs, CCB tried to push for more wickets and got their second breakthrough with a wicket of their big gun, Vikesh (16). Wickets started falling consistently in the next few overs, thanks to the disciplined bowling of Satyam and Preetham. After the 16th over, spin was introduced from both ends. With Kamal bowling off spin and Venky bowling leg spin on a turning wicket, RCC did not have the opportunity to accelerate. RCC’s lower order stayed on the ground as long as possible, but inevitably bowled out for 86 runs in the 31st over. Venky picked up his first 3 wickets in P40, while Satyam picked up 2 wickets at a measly economy of 1.75. Manjeet, Kanag, Preetham, and Kamal each picked up 1 wicket to round out the bowling.
Man of the Match: Satyam Singh for his crucial innings of 74 runs and 2 wickets in a win.
Scorecard: See RCC Vs CCB Scorecard
LCC @ CSCC: Premier – 9 am, Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 at Memorial Park, CO Springs – Reported by Raj Chitikila(LCC)
CSCC entered Sunday’s game needing a win to make it to the playoff stage. LCC won the toss on a beautiful, sunny morning and elected to bat. Rezwan and Sakthi appeared fairly comfortable against the CSCC opening bowlers, scoring at about 4 an over, before Rezwan (13) drove one straight into Kervyn’s hands at short extra cover in the 6th over. Bodha came in for a rare sighting at #3, but lasted just a few overs before getting run out. CSCC’s bowlers had their spirits up and bowled very well to keep the scoring under control. Zubin kept working the ball around while Sakthi resolutely defended the good deliveries. Their 44-run partnership was finally broken when Nitya trapped Sakthi (21) in the 20th over. Nitya followed by getting Jay out cheaply thanks to an excellent catch by Hamayun. LCC stood a bit shaky at 84 for 4 after 24 overs, but then entered the man of the hour, Dhiren, batting unusually lower down the order. Demonstrating that he has basically one gear—blast mode—Dhiren slammed the bowling to all corners of the field, while Zubin rotated the strike and had a few of his own big hits. Zubin (43 off 62) was unlucky to miss his fifty, departing with LCC at 146 courtesy an excellent delivery by Chava. Some beautiful shots by Dhiren (64 off 39) and Manoj (17 off 11) allowed LCC to score a respectable 198/8 in 40 overs. For CSCC, Prasanna and Nitya led with 2 wickets each. Nana bowled his customary economical spells, but was unlucky to miss out on taking wickets. CSCC didn’t help their cause by dropping a few catches at untimely moments.
CSCC’s chase of the stout target was over almost before it really began. Santosh clobbered Dhiren for a pair of boundaries in the first over, but Jay was his fearsome best at the other end. He demolished Kervyn’s stumps on his second delivery and, after Dhiren nabbed Santosh in the 3rd over, dismissed Sandeep, Vikas, and Jayanth in quick succession to leave CSCC reeling at 20 for 5 after 8 overs. Faced with a monumental rebuilding effort, Nitya and Prasanna put their heads down and blocked everything. The pair batted for the next 11 overs, but mysteriously chose not to score very much. Raj finally broke through Nitya’s defenses in the 19th over by which point CSCC only had 41 runs on the board. Then walked in Chaitanya Chava, another singularly blast mode player, who scored an entertaining 11 off 11 before Jay returned to the attack and had him sensationally caught at first slip by Bodha. Nana (10) kept the scoreboard ticking but mistimed one off Dhruv in the 31st over. Finally, perhaps a bit too late, Hamayun walked in and immediately blasted all bowlers to all corners. Achieving 120 runs in the last 10 overs for the win never really seemed on the cards, but Hamayun (33 off 29) did his best before being the last man out in the 39th over. CSCC’s innings ended at 122. For LCC, Jay had a fantastic fiver at the expense of just 18 runs, while Raj chipped in with 3 wickets.
Man of the Match: Jay Pathak for his five wicket haul.
Scorecard: See LCC vs CSCC Scorecard
Match Video: See LCC vs CSCC Match Video
CCCC-Green @ DCC: T20 - 8am Sunday August 26, 2018 at Cornerstone Park, Littleton - Reported by Harpreet Singh(DCC)
DCC won the toss and elected to bat. Manjinder and Harpreet opened the innings for DCC and both of them played cautiously for first couple of overs. Manjinder got out after scoring 19 runs, Roshan did not last for very long as he got out for 2 runs. DCC was 47/2 after 7 overs and needed a partnership. Sanket joined Harpreet and both of them ran very nicely between the wickets and dispatched bad balls to boundaries. In an attempt to maximize last few overs, Harpreet got out in 16th over after scoring 63 (50). Sameer’s quick-fire 19 helped DCC to reach 155 in 20 overs. Sanket scored 23 runs as well. Pick of the bowlers from CCCC-Green was Uma Mahesh (4-0-22-2).
In response, CCCC-Green got off to shaky start as they lost two quick wickets. Sudhir held one end but wickets keep falling on the other end. Shiva played some good shots for his 46 runs but other batsmen could not provide him support. CCCC-Green made 115/9 in 20 overs and fell 40 runs short from the target. Umang bowled brilliantly and picked up 4 wickets for 18 runs.
Man of the Match: Harpreet Singh for scoring 63(50) along with bowling figures of 3-0-15-2.
Scorecard: See CCCC-Green Vs DCC Scorecard
FCCC @ CSCC-Stars: Twenty20 - 3pm Saturday Aug, 25th 2018 at Memorial Park Criterium Ground, Colorado Springs - Reported by Kervyn Dimney(CSCC-Stars)
Game was scheduled to be played at Memorial Park Rose Bowl, but the previous games were running over, so the two teams decided to move to the now available Memorial Park Criterium Ground.
FCCC won the toss and elected to bat. Prasanna bowled really well to create chances but CSCC couldn't capitalize on it, and Darshan and Omer were looking comfortable at 20 at the end of 3 overs. Kervyn was able to get Omer nick one going down leg and a fine catch by Vikas brought the first break. Darshan was scoring freely with another 2 sixes until Rajadurai was brought in and a quick reaction catch by new comer Kishore saw him back in the pavillion with 31 runs to his name, and FCCC 53/2 at the end of 7 overs. Rajadurai also got Naveen to sky one to Kervyn at deep long off..63/3 at the end of 9 overs. Gopal and Dipal were playing cautiously getting the singles/doubles. Tarun who was bowling tight lines got Dipal bowled and soon got Santanu and Sagar stumped in consecutive balls to see FCC 93/6. Some good hits from Gopal saw FCCC surge from the slump to end up at 126 for 8 at the end of their 20 overs. Rajadurai picked up 2 wickets and an amazing running catch, while Tarun picked up 4 for 14.
In response, CSCC was looking good with Kervyn and Santosh hitting a couple of boundaries and keeping the run rate at 6. Amit Thakkar got Kervyn(20) to sky one behind to the keeper bring in the first break through at 38/1 at end of 6 overs. Soon a mix up, saw Vikas Shivaprabhu run out and back in the pavillion. The 9th over saw Fahad caught, and a couple of balls later Vahqar was run out, and then Hamayun being bowled, left CSCC at 56 for 5 at the end of 10 overs. Prasanna(18) and Santosh were playing very cautiously, but runs were not coming easy. Trying to accelerate, Santosh(32) was caught in the 14th over with 70/6 on the board. With 57 runs needed of 6 overs, the lower order crumbled up under 24 runs, and CSCC were all out in the 20th over for 94 runs. Darshan, Rajesh Idate and Ravi Sharma picked up 2 wickets each with some good catching by Venkatesh Deshpande(2) and Omer Rafiq(1) in the deep.
Man of the Match: Gopal Susarla for his superb knock of 41 off 41 with 2 huge sixes and 3 fours, which helped FCCC put runs on the board that turned up defendable.
Scorecard: See FCCC Vs CSCC-Stars Twenty20 Scorecard
YCC @ ABQCC: T20 – 11.30 am Saturday Aug 25, 2018 at Memorial Park, Colorado Springs - Reported by Aniruddha Deshpande(YCC)
With Plate league playoff spot on the line, ABQCC and YCC played an important match at Memorial Park on Saturday. YCC won the toss and elected bat. YCC lost Sudhir early and it needed a good partnership to ensure YCC puts a decent score. Sachin was playing well from ball one, showing good mix of aggression and solid defense. Sachin and Aniruddha rotated the strike and had good partnership of 56 runs. By the innings break YCC were 69 for loss of one wicket. Aniruddha (11 runs of 24 balls) got out in an attempt to accelerate the score. Sachin was joined by YCC’s inform batsman Thushara. Soon, Sachin scored his first well complied half century for YCC. At other end, Thushara was in full flow and had very good partnership of 46 runs with Sachin, Thushara scoring the bulk of the runs. The hot and humid conditions got better of Scahin and he was retired hurt after scoring 52 runs of 51 balls. Thushara was joined by other in form batsman Sandeep. Coming off his back to back scintillating performances, Sandeep started with six over cover boundary and made his intentions clear. Trying to accelerate the score Thushara (34 runs of 20 balls, 2 4’s, 2 6’s) was bowled by Nishant (2/37). Sandeep kept the pedal on accelerator and ensured YCC score is past 150 runs. He had very useful partnerships with Muddabir (8 runs of 4 balls) and Naval (7 runs of six balls). Sandeep was not out, scoring 25 runs of only 13 balls.
ABQCC needed 167 runs in allotted 20 overs at a high run rate of 8+ runs per over. It needed a good contribution from their key batsmen, Mayur and Anand. YCC opening bowlers Thushara and Muddabir quickly found the line and length giving no easy runs to ABQCC openers. Mayur (8 runs of 7 balls) in an attempt to accelerate was out caught behind of Thushara’s bowling. Dhruv joined Anand but he was bowled by lovely in swinger from Muddabir. ABQCC needed a good score from Anand but he got out to Sudhir in the 7th over leaving ABQCC 27/3 in 7 overs. Sudhir (3/10) and Aniruddha (2/7) bowled tight spell and wrapped up the ABQCC inning in 13th over, Bharat taking the last wicket. YCC won by 119 runs and stayed in hunt for the playoffs.
Man of the Match: Sachin Paradkar for his superb innings of 54 runs in 51 balls.
Scorecard: See YCC Vs ABQCC Scorecard
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