Kervyn Dimney(CSCC) made an impressive 142*, and was involved in a record 217 run partnership.
Some of us were witnesses to a gem of an innings from Kervyn Dimney(CSCC) this weekend. The fact that it came in a 20/20 match vs BCC which was up until this Sunday unbeaten made it extra special.
BCC has been playing super throughout the 20/20 tournament posting and/or chasing any score with ease. We knew it would take a mammoth total to beat BCC. So Vikas Chugh(CSCC Twenty20 Captain) chose to bat first after winning the toss.
Kervyn opened the innings with Suresh. CSCC lost Suresh's wicket in the 2nd over. BCC rejoiced, but Kervyn had other plans. This was Kervyn's 1st 20/20 match in the 2008 season. On three previous premier league matches Kervyn had shown great resolve & promise at the wicket. He was unlucky to not be able to make a big score though. We knew that if he showed the same temparement he was due for something big. This was to be one of those days.
Kervyn chose the right deliveries and was clearing the boundaries right from word go. Murugappan Meyyappan(CSCC) joined Kervyn and continued his great 20/20 form from the last match. Muru played spectacular innings making 50 off 38 deliveries including several boundaries and 6s.
This was however Kervyn's day and he was the wrecker in chief on this day. BCC kept their cool throughout which was admirable considering they failed to get the next break through until the 20th over when Muru got out. Muru & Kervyn had a 217 run partnership for the 2nd wicket which I believe might be the highest in a 20/20 probably for any wicket.
Kervyn was 142 not out with CSCC reaching 225 for 3 in 20 overs. Kervyn's knock included atleast 14 sixes and several boundaries. I don't have the scorebook with me, but I recon it must have come off 75 or lesser deliveries (scorer can correct). I must say, it was by far the most dominating performance for CSCC that I had witnessed in this club's 11 or so years in the CCL.
BCC's batting started very positively. They were keeping up with 10 runs an over or so run rate until the 8th over or so. Their first 3-4 batsmen kept them well in the hunt. Left handed opener, Ethan from BCC played a Dipal-esque innings (reference to style of Dipal from FCCC) pulling anything on the wicket to square leg or midwicket
boundaries. He was eventually out top edging a skier to Vikas Chugh at short midon who took the crucial catch. Shankar, Amit Gandhi and Amit Bahri kept chipping at the target and got a few boundaries while keeping BCC in chase.
Narayan and Kervyn, coming in first & 2nd change bowled a good line and length to bring down BCC scoring rate a bit. Mohammed Younas (playing after few seasons), Praveen & Vicky got to bowl a few overs and bowled well keeping the scoring under the reqd rate.
Shashi and Mike bowled their second spells well. By this point CSCC was bowling well and the asking rate was rising. Amit Gandhi and Amit Bahri got out trying to clear the boundaries.
Kannan got a cameo role at the end capturing the wicket of Amit Bahri. Vivek kept wickets with a lot of energy and enthusiasm throughout.
BCC played fearlessly and showed their great batting talent. I don't have their exact total, but they made 170+ or so coming in 60 or so runs short. This is one talent batting team and its encouraging to see them come up in the CCL as a force adding to the competitiveness of this league.
Hope Kervyn & Muru can keep their form to lead CSCC to victories in the forthcoming matches. Hopefully this helps the rest of the team to up the ante as well.