Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 6 (11-12 May 2019) - Last updated 16-May-2019 8:28pm
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By Dharam Patel(LCC);Sagar Chandra(FCCC);Kervyn Dimney(CSCC-Stars);Jaswinder Singh(DCC);Benjamin George(BCC)
May 14, 2019
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Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 6 (11-12 May 2019)
LCC @ RCC: Premier, May 12, 2019, 9am, Memorial Park Criterium Ground, Colorado Springs - Reported by Dharam Patel(LCC)
The 2018 Premier Champions started their 2019 campaign on the road as RCC hosted LCC at the Criterium Ground in Colorado Springs. A bit of morning dew was present but wouldn’t affect much of the beautiful conditions the day was to offer. LCC Captain, Dharam Patel, won the toss and elected to bat first.
LCC didn’t have their normal squad for this match and opened with Karthik and Dharam. The pair batted with a steady mind and were taking no early risks what so ever. They were going at a very slow rate and after the first boundary Karthik (11 off 20 balls, 1x4) mistimed a pull shot and was the first to go. Jay Pathak joined his captain with the score at 21 after 5 overs. Both continued the trend of caution and were rotating strike. Keeping the run rate at around 5 and 6 at all times. They were getting the odd bad ball but mostly the RCC bowlers were on target. Jay and Dharam started to build a good partnership and took it into the first drinks break with 80 on the board. Dharam was having trouble connecting while Jay was managing to find the middle of his bat more frequently. A few overs after the drinks break Dharam brought up his first half-century of the 2019 Premier season off of 51 balls. But at the 22nd over, with the score on 115, the LCC captain decided to create runs and was dismissed. Jay and Dharam (57 off 65 ball, 6x4s, 1x6) had a partnership of 94 runs and gave LCC the much-needed foundation for the rest of the lineup. Unfortunately the foundation didn’t provide any power hitting in the second half of the LCC innings. Jay was the lone ranger as he scored his first half-century of the 2019 Premier season in the 25th over. Sandip departed for 5 and Bodhayan didn’t last much longer with only 6 added to his name. Sakthi scored 8, Vaibhav scored 6 and the rest of the LCC lineup faltered with the last wicket falling on the penultimate delivery of the innings. Jay Pathak completed his innings with 81 off 82 with 6x4s and 2x6s and was the only batsman to really have any confidence in the LCC lineup. LCC finished with 204 and probably should’ve wanted more runs on the board after a good 1st wicket partnership.
Although the RCC bowlers gave up 21 extras, most of the good balls were spot on target. Pranay was the pick of the bowlers. His opening spell was great but he rounded it off with 2 wickets in his later spells. He finished with figures of 8-0-29-3. Srikanth grabbed 2 wickets with Rajdeep and Satish chipping in with 1 wicket apiece. RCC’s fielding was also spot on with 3 run outs and good catching around the ground.
LCC knew they would need a strong start, as RCC have a few batsmen that can turn the low 204 target into a gettable chase. Jay Pathak gave LCC that start by removing Surendar on the 5th ball of the first over. Vikas gave Vikesh some support but was having trouble playing the LCC opening bowlers or was trying to play out Jay’s fiery spell. LCC captain brought in Bhavya Khilnani and he struck right away getting Vikas first dismissed for 3 runs off 22 balls. Then his very next over got the dangerous Vikesh out (26 off 23 balls, 3x4s and 1x6) and immediately trapped Abhijit Das the first ball he faced. Ben didn’t last much longer either, adding only 1 run to his name. The RCC Captain came out with the score on 38/4 in the 10th over. Satish and Vikrant were trying to rebuild and Vikrant gave good support but a well directed short ball by Jay removed his time at the crease. LCC at this point were in a great position with 6 wickets down and only 69 runs on the board. The middle overs seemed to shift momentum as the LCC bowlers decided to take a nap and forgot that they were playing a match. They were bowling too many loose balls and gave RCC a way back into the match. Not to forget that Satish was still playing a fighting knock. Satish and Manikant put up a partnership of 71 runs in the middle overs and gave RCC the hope of getting to the target. In the 27th over Satish got to his half century and was looking good to take his team over the line. The LCC captain was bowling everyone and brought on Bodhayan to make a difference and he did. In his second over he got the wicket of Satish (62 from 60 balls, 4x4s and 4x6s), very well caught by Amar at the deep extra cover boundary, the only man out in that area and he picked him with out moving a step. That put the brakes on the RCC scoring for the time being. Bhavya was brought back into the attack and picked up Manikant for 32 off 45 balls. Srikanth and Rajdeep were the 2 left at the end and needed just one more wicket to get the last man in. Time was ticking and both batsmen were making it hard for the LCC bowlers. They were truly playing a match-winning knock. Seeing off the good balls and scoring heavy on the bad ones. The pair pulled the match to the 39th over needing 11 runs off 12 balls. Dharam gave Jay his last over and on the first ball Srikanth hit him for a boundary, pulled through midwicket for four. That gave RCC another glimmer of hope needing only 7 runs now. LCC Captain decided to pull the field in and made RCC work hard for their last remaining 7 runs for victory. The move worked as Srikanth decided to go over the field and missed the ball completely getting bowled for 15 runs off 25 balls. Last man in and LCC shifted the momentum back to their side. Pranay would need to play out 3 balls to give Rajdeep, the more in form batsman, a chance to clinch victory in the final over. The LCC Captain decided to go even more attacking in the field and strategically placed his best fielders in the right spot. The 2nd ball faced by Pranay was a mix of emotions, off the bat it seemed as if the ball could’ve run away to the boundary as it was timed and middle to perfection but it only found the outstretched hands of Bodhayan Chakraborty and the match was over. LCC pulled this one out of deep waters, and fought very hard in the final overs to manage a win. This truly was a great match on a great day. Rajdeep batted superbly but wasn’t given the reward needed for his cause. His 38 off 27 balls, which included 3x4s, almost got RCC across the finish line.
LCC bowlers started and finished very well. Jay Pathak and Bhavya Khilnani were the pick of the bowlers picking up 4 wickets each. Amar and Bodha picked up the other 2 wickets. The middle overs shifted heavily in RCC’s favor but LCC were able to fight back and pick up the win and start their 2019 campaign on a winning note.
Man of the Match: Jay Pathak for his awesome all-round performance with both bat and ball, scoring 81 off 82 balls which included 6x4s and 2x6s and bowling figures of 7.5-1-29-4.
Scorecard: See LCC Vs RCC Premier Scorecard
Match Video: See LCC Vs RCC Premier
FCCC @ CCCC-Gold: T20 – 10am Sunday May 12th 2019 at Lower Acres Garden, Longmont - Reported by Sagar Chandra(FCCC)
FCCC won the toss and decided to bat first. Darshan and Omer got off to a super fast start with Darshan scoring 18 in the first over hitting exquisite shots all around the park. Omer got out soon and the top order didn’t have much to offer apart from Darshan. Darshan soon perished as well scoring 22 off just 10 balls. FCCC were tottering at 35-4 and Dipal and Tejas were at the crease playing sensibly before Dipal got out to a juicy full toss off the bowling of Mike. They had a good solid partnership of 44. Rajesh perished soon as well. Nikhil walked in with Tejas and had a good partnership of 32 before Nikhil got out for 23 off 18 balls. Tejas reached his 50 and got run out soon scoring 52 off 46 balls with 4 fours and a six. FCCC scored a below par 127 in their 20 overs.
CCCC-Gold got off to a really slow start and Anil got out soon. It was fantastic swing bowling up in the top between Naveen and Amit. Sandeep and Atif had a good stand and it looked like they were coasting. After the break, Rajesh and Venkatesh were introduced and that changed the game and swung the momentum in FCCC’s favor. Their pace bowling was untouchable with wickets flying from their bases. They both managed to get 7 wickets doing exactly that and handed the game to FCCC. From 56-3, CCCC-Gold were 84 all out handing FCCC a 43 run victory.
Man of the Match: Venkatesh Deshpande for figures of 4-0-13-4 and all of his wickets were bowled.
Scorecard: See FCCC vs CCCC-Gold Scorecard
Match Video: See FCCC Batting Video and CCCC-Gold Batting Video
CSCC-Stars @ FRCC-Knights: T20 – 2pm Saturday May 11, 2019 at Lower Garden Acres, Longmont - Reported by Kervyn Dimney(CSCC-Stars)
CSCC-Stars won the toss and elected to bat. FRCC-K bowlers bowled well to keep the CSCC-Stars batsmen in check and got openers Santosh and Sandeep packing within the first four overs. Hamayun and Kervyn steadied the innings a bit but were not able to make the best use of the first 6 overs. Soon Hamayun perished to Agam and Vikas joined Kervyn. The scoreboard was kept ticking with the singles/doubles and the occasional boundary. While the tenth over started well for CSCC-Stars with a four and a six from Kervyn, Vikas was bowled over by a slower delivery from Vaibhav, with the score reading 48 for 4. Chandran and Kervyn built another little partnership till the 15th over, when a direct hit from Gandhar found Chandran short of his crease. Still, with the runs trickling, CSCC-Stars crossed their 100 mark at the end of the 17th over. Uday hit a couple of meaty blows and a six; while Kervyn anchored and reached his half-century. Kervyn(50 off 37 with two 4s and three 6s) was caught out in the 19th over and Uday hit two consecutive huge sixes to get CSCC-Stars to 125. By the end of the 20th over CSCC-Stars were 129 for 7, with RajeshKumar Jha being the pick of the FRCC-K bowlers with his 3 wicket haul.
The initial start from FRCC-K was not good as they lost Vivek Madhavan in the first over from Prasanna. Gandhar and RajeshKumar put up a good partnership with 23 and 15 runs respectively before they were victims to Narayan's bowling. Narayan picked up two more and put the pressure on FRCC-K. Santosh (4-0-12-0) and Rama(2-0-11-0) too bowled very well to curtail the flow of runs. Manohar played an awesome innings scoring 44 off 31 with 3 fours and sixes; and nearly pulled the game back from CSCC-Stars. Hamayun bowled the death overs and proved to be a match-winner. FRCC-K were 116 for 7 at the end of their 20 overs.
Man of the Match: Narayan Madabusi for his economical bowling (4-0-14-4) and crucial 4-wicket haul.
Narayan Madabusi surpassed the 350+ wicket mark in CCL with his total now reading as 352 wickets at the end of this game.
Scorecard: See FRCC-K Vs CSCC-Stars T20 Scorecard
BCC @ CSCC-Stripes: T20 – 3pm Sunday May 12, 2019 at Memorial Park Rose Bowl, Colorado Springs - Reported by Benjamin George(BCC)
CSCC-Stripes won the toss and elected to bat. BCC bowlers kept a tight leash from the beginning and kept taking wickets at regular intervals. Jayant looked ominous with some aggressive hitting but soon perished while looking to accelerate the innings. CSCC-Stripes middle order provided little support and the team was bundled for 73 runs. Satya bowled economically and took 3 wickets in the process.
BCC’s innings didn’t start well either and lost the opener in the second ball itself. Raj bowled consistently and was the most economical of the lot. Ben kept the scoreboard ticking while wickets fell at regular interval. BCC was able to chase the score with 5 overs to spare and lost 5 wickets in the process.
Man of the Match: Satya Das for his economical bowling and crucial wickets.
Scorecard: See BCC Vs CSCC-Stripes T20 Scorecard
Match Video: See BCC Vs CSCC-Stripes T20 Match video
DCC @ FRCC-Spartans: T20 game – 10am Saturday May 11, 2019 at Lower Garden Acres Cricket Ground, Longmont CO - Reported by Jaswinder Singh(DCC)
At the start of the game, no punter would have given DCC a chance to win. With only one win of the season, against YCC, DCC was feeling a bit down coming into the match. Their middle order all-rounders in Sanket and Dhruv were also not available for selection. This explains DCC's decision to bat first after winning the toss while the outfield was a bit damp.
DCC had a horrific start to their innings openers when Manjinder and Harpreet ended up at the same crease while attempting a single - interestingly neither one was ready to leave the field until the umpire gave the in-form Manjinder out. Jaswinder joined Harpeet in the second over and both steadied the innings while keeping the scorecard moving. Harpreet was the aggressor of the two, hitting Chaitanya for a couple of boundaries. He got out to a personal score of 27, caught and bowled to Murali, and it turned out to be the highest individual score of DCC’s innings. Jaswinder got out to Srishailesh after scoring 18 and next over Sameer got out after scoring 13. With 76/4 of 11 overs, rest of the batsmen did not even get to double digits and team was all out in the 20th over. Chari ended up with 4 wickets with excellent contribution from Rohit Saini and Murali.
With 118 required to win, FRCC’s openers started the innings aggressively – scoring 35 of the first 4 overs. They were supported by DCC’s opening bowlers pitching erratically, not able to control the swing of the ball. Puneet and Jaswinder pulled back the run rate in the middle overs, but the FRCC openers had a dream start to the innings. The first wicket fell in the 10th over with the scorecard reading 68. Uttam was brought back to the attack and immediately stuck with two wickets with one of them being Subhashish’s. Sumeet took an exceptional catch at long-off and that was the turning point of the game. Harpreet decided to join the party and ended up bowling three opposition batsmen bowled out. Exceptional fielding by DCC and an injured Sumeet, who came quite late down the order and was unable to bat freely, changed the complexion of the game. With 11 needed off the last two overs, Rohit and Sumeet batting, it was still FRCC’s game. But captain Sameer bowled an exceptional penultimate over, leaving the hosts needing six off the last over. With three runs needed off last three balls and three wickets remaining, Sumeet and Rohit still at the crease, the match was still FRCC’s to lose. But T20 is a funny game. Uttam bowled Sumeet with a peach of a delivery and the next two balls saw runouts with FRCC on the losing side by 1 run.
Man of the Match: Harpreet Singh for his important batting performance scoring 27 runs and three wickets in four overs.
Scorecard: See DCC Vs FRCC-Spartans T20 Scorecard
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