Premier League - Match Reports - Week 6 (28-29 July 2012) - Updated 31-July-2012 7:37pm
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Premier League - Match Reports - Week 6 (28-29 July 2012)
FRCC @ LCC: Premier Game, July 29, 2012 - Reported by Raj Chitikila (LCC)
For the second consecutive week, Front Range Cricket Club traveled to Cornerstone Park to play Littleton Cricket Club, this time for a Premier match. As with last week's T20, FRCC won the toss and promptly elected to bat. Unfortunately for them, however, this match began on the same disastrous note as the last one. Opener Naveen Kaje chased the first ball of the match from Raj, a ball that had no discernible value except being a wide down leg, and temporary wicket-keeper Jay Pathak gobbled up the nick for an instant breakthrough. In the next over, by Raja Prasad, Tej tried to clear the third ball over mid-on and Dharam took the skier for the second wicket. By the sixth ball, which had induced Shams to fish outside off-stump and give Jay an easy catch behind the stumps, FRCC was reduced to 5/3 with all the runs coming from wides. Determined to stop the rot, Sriram and Samrat stubbornly defended for the next 22 overs, avoiding all temptation and content with the odd single. When Raj and Raja returned to the attack, Sriram let loose a majestic pull for 4 off Raja, and it appeared that he was finally ready to unleash his considerable talent. However, the LCC duo teamed up to breakthrough yet again. First, Raj latched on to a powerful drive by Samrat off Raja's bowling. In the next over, Raja returned the favor, snapping up a drive by Sriram off Raj's bowling. With the score now at 51/5, FRCC's remaining batsmen offered little resistance, with the notable exception of newcomer Kushtar Nezam. Kushtar (14 in 16) showcased some nice shots over cover and long-off, but FRCC was bowled out for 76 in the 35th over.
As with last week's game, FRCC did not give up quietly defending the low score. Manoj, Jigar, and Manju bowled superbly to rattle LCC's top order batsmen. Dharam and Ramesh offered easy pop-up catches to the close-in fielders, reducing LCC to 7/2 at the end of 7 overs. Sundeep gave brief company to Dhiren before a tentative drive off Manju found the safe hands of Tej at cover. Bodha and Jay came in, bravely took guard, and soon left without troubling the scorers too much. By the time Manoj trapped Sumit lbw in the 18th over, LCC found itself at a disastrous 39 for 6 with opener Dhiren wondering if anyone wanted to stick around and play with him. Finally, Raja walked in and played beautifully, mixing aggression with common sense. He immediately pulled a short ball from Manoj for a massive six. In just five overs Raja (26 off 18) and Dhiren (32 off 57) doubled the score and saw LCC home safely without further loss.
Man of the Match: Raja Prasad was declared MoM for his 3 wickets and 26 not out.
See FRCC vs LCC Scorecard
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CCCC @ CCB: Premier game, July 28th, 2012 – Reported by Vamshi Mugatha (CCB)
It was a beautiful sunny day for cricket. CCB won the toss and elected to field first. CCCC started out cautiously. Shyam & Mayur opened the bowling for CCB and did what they do best; bowl a probing line and length. Shyam got the first breakthrough with 15 runs on board for CCCC. Ashish joined Rama in the middle and started to score steadily without any further damage. They both added 61 runs in next 15 overs. CCB tried different bowling options which did not work and Mayur was brought back. Mayur mixed his bowling with slower balls and got the necessary breakthrough for CCB after which CCB did not look back and getting consistent breakthroughs. Sandeep came in next and CCB had learned a few lessons during the last match. Sruthi was brought to attack to bowl his slow leg cutters. He frustrated Sandeep with his flight and accurate leg cutters. Sandeep finally ran out of patience and lobbed a catch. CCB ploy worked perfectly this time. CCCC were all out for 131 in 37.2 overs. Shyam and Mayur picked up 3 wickets each. Shruthi and Satyam supported them with 2 and 1 respectively. 2 crucial catches were dropped but did not prove to be costly for CCB, however, overall fielding display was good.
CCB was set a target of 132 and started out very poorly losing both Sruthi and Vamshi with in first 4 overs. Satyam steadied the ship with a 30 run partnership with Siva which came to an end with the loss of Siva’s wicket. Arvind joined Satyam in the middle and took the score to 52 when Satyam lost his wicket playing his favorite cut shot edging to keeper. CCB is in a spot of bother at 52/4 at this stage losing too many quick wickets. Mayur joined Arvind in the middle and was cautious to start with. Arvind played some delightful shots with beautiful timing and fell for a good catch by Sandeep at gully but not before adding 37 runs in partnership. At 89/5 it looked like the match would go down to wire but Mayur’s judgment prevailed. Mayur took calculated risks holding one end and scoring at good pace at the same time. Lower order supported Mayur very good to get CCB over the line.
CCB ended up winning the match rather comfortably in the end with 4 wickets in hand and 28 balls to spare.
Mayur Ostwal was adjudged a well deserving Man-of-the-match for his contribution with both bat and ball.
See FRCC vs LCC Scorecard
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