Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 3 (20-21 Apr 2019) - Last updated 25-Apr-2019 12:33am
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Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 3 (20-21 Apr 2019)
RCC @ FRCC: Premier - 9am Sunday April 21, 2019 at Lower Garden Acres, Longmont - Reported by Shrishailesh Chari(FRCC)
On a bright and sunny day (although showers were expected later in the afternoon) RCC won the toss and elected to bat first. Vikesh and Kaushik walked out to bat with Subhashish and Rohit taking the new balls for FRCC. FRCC started bowling very tight lines and lengths as Subhashish trapped Vikesh in front of the stumps with an in swinger after setting him up with a few out swingers for 1(11). RCC played through the powerplay cautiously and then hoped to accelerate but it wasn’t to be. Next in Satish Kanagala hit a couple of lusty blows. But the spell by Shiril broke the spine of the RCC batting lineup as he cleaned up the middle order. He picked up Kaushik in his first over as he miscued a pull to mid on for 10(29). Satish followed him to the pavilion in the next Shiril over cutting one to backward point to be caught by Sumeet for 18(21). Next to depart was Vikas Bajaj as he edged an out swinging delivery by Shiril to Manohar the wicketkeeper for 6(13). The last of the 4 wickets taken by Shiril was Abhijit Das as he played the flick too early as the ball took the leading edge of his bat to be caught by Rajesh Jha at cover for 5(12).
The lower order of RCC accumulated some runs to make the final total look respectable with Srikanth scoring 8(24) before giving a return to Anuj off a beautifully flighted delivery. Next wicket to fall was Vikrant as he tried to clear mid off, off Rajesh Jha’s bowling only to be caught by Rohit for 9(13). Next in Damion scored some good runs, before being trapped in front of the stumps by a returning Rohit for 18(22). The wicket keeper Rajat scored 9(13) before he was hurried up by a brilliant bouncer by Subhashish for his second wicket for 9(13) being caught by Manohar. Akilesh remained unbeaten on 10(19) which included a six off Rohit straight down the ground. The last wicket to fall was Chandra for 1(6) as he played on off a searing Yorker by Subhashish to end RCC’s innings at 108 off 30.2 overs. Shiril and Subhashish were the standout bowlers for FRCC picking 4 and 3 wickets respectively. Rohit, Rajesh and Anuj took 1 each.
In response, Vivek and Sumeet walked out for FRCC. Vivek started off in his typical aggressive pattern scoring 8 runs off Srikant’s first over before holing out to mid off trying to clear him in the next Srikant over for 9(5). Smithesh came in at no. 3 and played cautiously as Sumeet was going great guns at the other end. But Smithesh fell for 8(20) as he top edged a flick shot to long on to be caught by Chandra off Srikant. Next in Gandhar Vaidya also played cautiously as all the other FRCC batsmen had to do was support Sumeet. With the rain forecast, FRCC kept one eye on the par score for DL and were well on their way to win the game had the rain intervened. But Gandhar lost his cool as he tried to slog Vikas Bajaj over mid wicket as he top edged his shot to be caught by Abhijit for 3(16).
Sumeet at the other end was putting the bad balls away to the boundary as he scored an enterprising 50. With the rain nowhere to be seen, Sumeet decided to finish the game off in a flurry as he hit 5 sixes off his last8 balls to finish the innings unbeaten at 77 off 54 balls including 3 boundaries and 9 sixes. At the other end Rajesh Jha was unbeaten for a solid 4(17) as FRCC chased down the total in 18.4 overs. For RCC Srikanth was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets, while Vikas took 1.
Man of the Match: Shiril Tichkule for his superb bowling performance of 5-1-24-4 to setup the game for FRCC.
Scorecard: See FRCC Vs RCC Premier Scorecard
CCCC at CCB : Premier – Sunday April 21, 2019 at Green Valley Ranch, Denver - Reported by Kamal Ponday(CCB)
It was the first P40 of the season for both teams and amidst the weather concerns the game commenced at the Denver ground on 04/22/2019 at 9.00am.
CCB won the toss and given windy and rainy conditions in the pm, elected to bat first. They had a bad start as Preetham was run out due to a terrible communication failure between him and Manjeet.
Manjeet hit 2 sixes in the following over but was bowled by a beauty by Sandeep B. CCB were 2 for 18 and in stepped their new captain Kamal Ponday. He immediately took to the opposition and hit some beautiful shots on the offside. Kamal and Venkatesh S stitched a good partnership and took full advantage of the quickest ground conditions in Colorado right now. The all along the ground shots, which are now an endangered species, got some hope of sustaining existence in Kamal’s and Venki’s cover drives.
Before CCB could exert more pressure on CCCC, Rajesh C, bowling at nippy pace found the edge of Venki’s bat which was grabbed beautifully by Sandeep B in first slip. CCB were at 51-3 and Satyam came in to anchor the innings. While Satyam tried to hold one end strong, Kamal kept attacking the CCCC bowlers with some fierce cut shots and drives and scoops and completed his 50 in no time. Thushara in a unique move to come around the wicket was able to induce a leading edge from Kamal which was gleefully grabbed by Vaidy.
Satyam kept rotating the strike with Prashant while Vaidy was into a tight spin bowling spell and was making batsmen uncomfortable with the bounce in the GVR wicket.
CCCC captain took the matter in his hands and was able to get Prashant’s wicket, again off a leading edge which was gobbled safely by Rajesh on short cover.
In came Rajesh when Satyam too had now started taking risks and completed his 50 with 1 boundary and 3 sixes. Just when Satyam wanted to accelerate after the second break, Rajesh C took a sharp caught and bowled chance to dismiss him. The score was now at 225 for 4 when Rajesh went berserk and hit some big sixes on both sides of the wicket. Although Rajesh C grabbed Sama soon, but Rajesh kept hitting 4’s and rotating the strike. The final blows were struck by Kanagaraj when he sent the ball soaring on mid-wicket and long-on boundaries off Praveen’s bowling. Finally, CCB ended the inning with a monstrous score of 294 in 40 overs after losing 9 wickets. Rajesh C grabbed 4 wickets for 51 runs in 8 overs.
The second innings started under windy conditions and CCCC openers found it hard to hit the ball against the wind. The wind also hampered any swing that CCB opening bowlers Naren and Satyam were getting. Vaidy, feeling the scoreboard pressure tried to hit Satyam over long off against the wind only to find himself caught by Prashant. The innings had to be stopped as it had now started to rain.
The weather cleared up soon and CCCC batters were hitting some good shots but also kept losing wickets due to the scoreboard pressure. But it was now time for Sandeep and their captain Srini to guide the chase. Sandeep was coming off a 100 in Tennis cricket and a brilliant 95 in T20 from last weekend and his form was evident when he hit Kamal for 2 monstrous sixes on the leg side.
Satyam was brought into the attack and he dismissed Sandeep by a peach of a delivery that moved off the pitch and knocked Sandeep’s timber. Srini was still fighting but by now CCB had established a firm hold on the game. CCCC kept losing wickets and despite some lusty blows from Thushara, they found themselves all out for 138.
Man of the Match: Satyam Singh for his spectacular all-round performance in anchoring the CCB innings with his 60 runs off the bat, and 2-wicket haul.
Scorecard: SeeCCB Vs CCCC Premier Scorecard
LCC-Lions @ LCC-Panthers: Twenty20, April 21, 2019, 9am, Cornerstone Park, Littleton - Reported by Dharam Patel(LCC-Lions)
Both teams were worried that rain would wash out the match but the early start to this LCC Derby match helped in completing the match. Rain was forecasted to be later in the day and the morning was simply beautiful. LCC-Lions Captain, Dharam Patel, won the toss and elected to bat first.
LCC-Lions opened with Dharam and Sakthi and Dharam got the LCC-Lions off to a good start getting away 2 boundaries in the first over. Panthers opening bowler Tom Ryan showed some skill with the new ball. Being away from the game for some time yet still was able to maneuver the swing and control it. After a couple boundaries, Dharam (13 off 12, 3x4s) decided to go once more with a low full toss finding the bottom of the bat and the safe hands of Chandra. Rezwan (17 off 10, 2x4s and 1x6) joined and after doubling the score was out caught behind.
Bodhayan came to the crease and was determined to continue his good form and was putting away the bad balls and connecting the good balls over the fence too. Each ball he hit had so much power to it that boundary fielders thought twice before sticking their mitts up. At times the ball would be flying with immense pace that it could have easily taken the hand along the way. Sakthi had trouble getting going and was out trying to clear the mid-off fielder for 27 off 38 balls. Bodha reached his 2nd consecutive half-century of the 2019 season in the 15th over and retired out. His 54 runs came off just 22 balls with 5x4s and 4x6s. Although Bodha gave way to some of his other teammates, they were only able to muster another 31 runs in the 5 overs that followed his onslaught. LCC-Lions were only able to reach 159 in their 20 overs and lost 8 wickets along the way.
The LCC-Panthers bowling attack was nothing less than par. Although a bit rusty for some of the guys coming back to the sport after a long time, they gave up 15 extras, they were able to keep the LCC-Lions to a modest target. Gokul and Sudipta (3-0-14-2) were the pick of the bowlers grabbing 2 each and Tom and Vaibhav chipped in with a wicket each. LCC-Panthers showed great potential with the ball and it would be very interesting if they showed the same with the bat.
LCC-Panthers opened with Ajay and the powerful Raj, but they didn’t get the start they were looking for when Ajay was adjudged LBW on the 2nd ball of the innings. Raj smashed a big six but soon followed it up by getting out himself bowled. Vaibhav joined the LCC-Panthers veteran Manish Sharma and the pair started to rebuild the LCC-Panthers innings. Manish would scamper for twos while Vaibhav was rotating and smashing the big ones. Their partnership looked sturdy but Manish (10) fell to a well-directed bumper by Bodha. Harsha was stumped after a few quite overs but Vaibhav was looking good at the other end. He was determined to show LCC his potential and was going very well, but danced down the track one too many times and was stumped for a well-made 41 off 36 balls which included 6x4s and 1x6. Gokul joined the LCC-Panthers skipper, Ben Powell, and they showed the last remaining fight left in the LCC-Panthers. At the departure of Vaibhav the LCC-Panthers were 88-5 in 14.2 overs. Gokul (28 off 17 balls, 5x4s) gave the LCC-Lions a fright when he smacked Bodha for 17 runs in the 17th over. But didn’t last very long after as Dhiren picked up his wicket after being hit for a boundary. LCC- LCC-Panthers needed another 33 runs off 12 balls and still had their Captain out to lead them. But a good comeback over from Bodha in the 19th left the LCC-Panthers needing 27 runs off the final over and they could only manage 7 with Captain Ben ending on 27* off 34 balls.
LCC-Lion’s bowlers had a bit of an off day giving up 17 wides but were still able to defend their low total. Karthik was the only bowler to pick up 2 wickets with Bodha, Bhavya, Shailesh, and Dhiren picking up 1 wicket each.
LCC-Panthers showed some great signs with both ball and bat and they seem to be a great addition to the league. A good showing from the LCC third team in only losing 6 wickets in their 20 run defeat and restricting the LCC-Lions to just 159. Looking forward to seeing some good cricket from this new young team and hopefully able to build off their first match.
Man of the Match: Bodhayan Chakravarty for his brutal hitting and scoring 54 off 22 balls which included 5x4s and 4x6s and picking up a wicket in the 2nd innings.
Scorecard: See LCC-Lions Vs LCC-Panthers T20 Scorecard
Match Video: See LCC-L Vs LCC-P match video
DCC @ FCCC: P40 - 10am Saturday April 20th 2019 at Boltz, Fort Collins - Reported by Sagar Chandra(FCCC)
FCCC won the toss and decided to bowl first. DCC lost early wickets and didn’t get going at all. Only Santosh stood firm with 23 off 44 balls but he was missing a lot of balls due to amazing swing bowling from Amit Thakar. DCC were 40-5 but Sanket and Manjinder steadied the ship before Sanket got out but Manjinder Singh carried along and looked threatening scoring 43 off 45 balls before being held out in the deep by Darshan off the bowling of Naveen. DCC reached a respectable 123 considering where they were at the beginning of their innings before being bowled out in the 33rd over. Naveen bowled really well for 7.3-0-23-4. Amit Thakar also bowled magnificently missing a lot of edges for figures of 8-3-24-2. Ravi Sharma as well bowled superbly for figures of 5-0-16-2.
FCCC got off to really good start through Sagar and Tejas getting a 50 run partnership before Sagar got out softly for 23 off 29 balls with 3 fours and a six. Tejas was still at the other end. Harsha came in and wanted to finish in a hurry scoring 26 off 10 balls with 2 huge sixes and 3 fours on his FCCC debut. Tejas got out near the end scoring 40 off 57 balls with 7 fours. FCCC chased down the target easily in the 21st over.
Man of the Match: Naveen Kumar KP for bowling figures of 7.3-0-23-4.
Scorecard: See FCCC vs DCC Premier Scorecard
Match Video: See DCC Batting 1 Video, DCC Batting 2 Video, FCCC Batting Video
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