Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 24 (29-30 Sep 2018) - Last updated 03-Oct-2018 8:47pm
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By Dharam Patel(LCC-Lions);Anil Hunagund(CCCC-Gold);Shrishailesh Chari(FRCC-A);Preetham Naik(CCB);Shiva Nambuvelu(CCCC-Green);Aashish Janoria(LCC-T);Benjamin George(BCC);
Oct 2, 2018
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Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 24 (29-30 Sep 2018)
FRCC-A @ LCC-Lions: T20, September 30, 2018, 10am, Cornerstone Park - Reported by Dharam Patel (LCC-Lions)
The T20 Finals, a showdown between the 2 best teams in this year’s T20 League. If asked at the beginning of the season which 2 teams would make it, most would probably consider both LCC-Lions and FRCC-A as the 2 top contenders. FRCC-A with their young and competitive side led by their all-round champ, Rohit Saini. LCC-Lions with their mix of experienced players led by one of their most senior club members, Dharam Patel. FRCC-A was coming back to the Finals after their loss to FCCC in 2017. LCC-Lions, missed out on the Finals last year when FCCC beat them in the 2017 Semifinals. The last time these 2 teams met in the T20 finals was in 2014, LCC came out on top that time. Since 2007, when the T20 format was introduced into CCL, LCC have been to the finals or table toppers 7 years and have been crowned Champions 6 times. Trying to add another one to their cabinet and FRCC trying to still get their first, this match would be a cracker.
The match was scheduled for 9:30am but with heavy cloud cover, a frigid 46 degrees Fahrenheit, and dew covering the entire ground, the umpires decided to delay the match to 10:45am. FRCC-A won the toss and elected to Bowl first. Some may think a bit of an interesting choice considering the weather was super cold for fielders to hold onto catches, and the dew on the outfield would hinder any swing early on, but FRCC-A has chased very well in the past and they wanted to put the pressure on the Lions to score a big total.
LCC-Lions opened with their D. Patel duo, they knew they would need to get off to a good start if they wanted to reach a big total. But Dhiren (8) departed early in the 3rd over with a ball staying slightly low from Dash. Dash struck immediately after and on the very next ball got Rezwan caught at deep midwicket for a duck. LCC down 2 wickets in the 3rd over and needed a big rebuild if they wanted to put any pressure on the opposition. Zubin joined the LCC Captain and slowly got the scoreboard moving again. Zubin dispatched 2 short balls for boundaries and Dharam smashed 2 sixes and at the end of the power play LCC were at 38/2. But LCC’s rebuilding shortly ended after it began. Zubin (11) holed out to short midwicket and then Dharam (20) tried to hit a big shot but was caught well off of Murali. Bodhayan didn’t last long either and chipped it straight into short cover for a duck. The Lions weren’t looking very good and were reduced to half of their side with only 52 on the board after 8 overs. Jay Pathak did come to LCC’s rescue and played wonderfully along with Sakthi. Their partnership of 52 would be exactly what The Lions needed. Jay hit some big sixes and was rotating strike at ease trying to take the LCC innings deep into the 20 overs. But after scoring a rapid 37 off 25 balls, he decided to keep the accelerator down and unfortunately got caught on the long off boundary to a well judged catch. That was really the last straw for LCC as the rest of the 4 wickets fell with only 3 runs added to the total. LCC-Lions were bundled up for 103 in 16.3 overs.
FRCC-A bowlers did very well and their fielders did even better by backing their bowlers and helping them out with the catching, gobbling up 8 catches. Subhashish Dash got FRCC to a great start and picked up 3 wickets for 18 runs. Murali was the only FRCC-A bowler to bowl a maiden over and had great figures of 3-1-12-2. The FRCC-A Captain picked up 1 wicket but the pick of the bowlers was Chaitanya Vemula, his excellent figures of 4-0-26-4 really broke the LCC batting lineup. FRCC-A were ecstatic with their performance and knew only half the battle was won. The low score of 103 is pleasing to the eye, but much like the weather, the heat was just starting to creep in.
In a final, anything is possible and with the bowling attack that the LCC-Lions have, FRCC-A batsmen knew that scoring the 104 wouldn’t come as easy as they may think. LCC has defended low totals in the past but never in a T20 Final. Would it be a tricky chase or would the FRCC-A batsmen dominate the formidable Lions attack?
FRCC-A opened with Abhinav Kidambi and their superstar batsman Sumeet Khule, who already in the playoffs, racked up 172 runs and was yet to be dismissed. LCC bowlers had a task on their hands and needed to get Khule out quick if they had any hope of adding to their illustrious trophy case. LCC didn’t waste much time and kept things tight, with Jay getting the first FRCC wicket on the last ball of the 2nd over. Abhinav was caught at mid-off for 2. That got things rolling for The Lions, as in the very next over Smitesh had a mix up with Sumeet and was run-out for 1 with a well directed pick up and throw by Sandip Banerjee. Sanket (3) entered and after a quiet 4th over from Jay, departed on the last ball of Dhiren’s 3rd over, chipping it right back to Dhiren who took a brilliant low diving catch. After 5 overs the scoreboard read, 29/3, but FRCC-A were still looking good as their number 1 batsman was still out in the middle. What they didn’t know was a fire breathing spell from Rezwan Shuvo was close approaching. Holding Jay’s 2 overs, The Lions’ Captain brought on Rezwan in the 6th over. Rezwan, earlier got out for 0, had a chip on his shoulder for this match and made sure he gave it his all with the ball. Rezwan was bowling with pace and steep bounce and struck gold on his 3rd delivery, getting Sumeet Khule caught behind. A short of length delivery on off stump and Sumeet went fishing for it. The Lions cracked the backbone of the Front Range lineup and were now smelling blood. FRCC-A Captain, Rohit Saini, walked out to the middle and faced some tough heat from Rezwan’s 3 remaining deliveries. But with a chance, opened up a big over against Bodhayan when he dispatched 2 balls and got 13 runs off of the 7th over. But another tight over from Rezwan, which only saw 1 run, brought upon some more pressure for the FRCC-A Captain. The move to bring on Bodhayan didn’t work for Dharam and immediately made the move to bring on his veteran bowler Raj Chitikila. The move quickly paid off and Raj bowled Rohit for 12 on a beautiful ball that swung in and smashed into the middle stump. Half of the FRCC-A lineup was back in the pavilion and the Lions were hunting as a pride.
FRCC-A were still in a good position as they were still ahead of the run rate, needing 57 runs off 66 balls. As long as wickets stayed in hand from here on, the chase would still be on. But Rezwan wasn’t done yet, he had 2 more overs to go and with a drinks break approaching would probably bowl them in tandem. Dash joined Girish and although he smashed Rezwan’s first ball to the next-door soccer fields, Rezwan got the last laugh, trapping him plumb in front for the 6th wicket. FRCC hearts dropped further when Girish gifted Raj an easy caught and bowled for his 2 wicket of the day. FRCC-A had one big hitter left in the lineup and LCC-Lions knew that they were close to adding another trophy as long as they didn’t lose their focus. Sridhar Chilukuri smashed a big six of Rezwan but that would be his only big hit. He continued to swing but kept finding the edges for singles. At the end of the 13th over, FRCC-A needed about a run a ball with 3 wickets remaining. Jay Pathak was brought back into the attack and with a tight over got LCC in a favorable spot, and for the first time in the second innings, pulled FRCC-A behind the run rate.
Raj finished his 4th over and at the end of it, The Lions’ Captain had to make a choice, either bring on his 5th bowler now or save him till the end. The decision would take some time but in the end would be a decision that would see Victory for LCC. He decided to bring on Bhavya Khilnani from the North End. On the second ball of the over, Murali dabbed one to point but didn’t realize that LCC’s most experienced fielder was setting up a trap. Zubin charged in hard from point and perfectly under-armed his throw to get Sridhar out comfortably. LCC fielding was on point with 2 run outs and a possible third earlier in the match. With 2 wickets left Murali decided that he would need to take an aggressive approach to Bhavya and on the 4th ball of the over shuffled towards off-stump and tried to clear the cover boundary. Unfortunately, he didn’t get all of it and went straight into the deep cover fielder. LCC could now see the finish line and needed just one more wicket. Would there be more drama to this final? Bhavya put that to rest on the last ball of the over. Chaitanya decided to skip down the track but mistimed the ball to long off, Jay came charging in and took an awesome diving catch to seal up Victory for the LCC-Lions.
Both teams decided to not play the full 20 overs in the final. LCC-Lions were bowled out in 16.3 overs and FRCC-A were bowled out in 16 overs with 72 on the board. It was an intense final, which swung around in both teams favor throughout the day. Fielders on both teams helped their bowlers out big time with a total of 2 run-outs and 14 catches in the day without a drop.
The Lions’ bowling attack didn’t disappoint and bowling changes were on point. Dhiren and Jay picked up a wicket each. Raj, Rezwan, and Bhavya all bagged 2 wickets each with incredible figures for all three, 4-0-10-2, 4-0-16-2, and 1-0-1-2 respectively. Rezwan’s spell probably being the best spell of the day, which brought fire and fury to Cornerstone Park.
Both Teams fought it out properly, a low scoring battle that could have gone either way. In the end, LCC-Lions pulled out their best winning performance and came out on top. With this win LCC adds to their already big portfolio of Championships and were crowned T20 Champions for the 7th time in CCL.
Man of the Match: Jay Pathak was MoM for his 1 wicket and awesome final wicket catch but more importantly scoring 37 runs off 25 balls which included 1x4 and 3x6s and gave LCC-Lions a chance for a defendable total.
See LCC-Lions Vs FRCC-A Scorecard
See LCC-Lions Vs FRCC-A match video
CCCC-Gold @ FRCC-B: T20 – 2:30 PM Saturday September 29th, 2018 at Longmont- Reported by Anil Hunagund (CCCC-Gold)
CCCC-Gold won the toss and elected to bat. It was a beautiful sunny day which the CCCC-Gold openers Srinivasan Sundararajan & Bhupindar Mongia took advantage of and gave them an explosive start to the innings, Srinivas in particular accelerated early which put FRCC-B in the backfoot. Sudeep Biswal of FRCC-B kept things quiet for the first few overs, but, the runs bled from the other end. Srinivas continued with his elegant form, well supported by Bhupinder from the other end up until the 12th over. Srinivas's spectacular innings of 106 runs in 46 balls with 13 Sixers came to end as he lost his wicket to Chidambara Gupta's bowling. Although, Sudeep Biswal was economical, Chidambara Gupta was the pick of the bowlers for FRCC-B. CCCC-Gold finished strong thanks to a couple of quick cameos and put up a very good total for chase.
In response, FRCC-B started off poorly in their chase loosing quick 4 wickets in the first 4 overs. Manohar Karthikeyan & Gandhar Vaidya steadied the innings and tried put the chase back on track. Manohar in particular seemed to be in a good nick as scored quick 30 in just 13 balls, but, he soon fell victim to Mike Riley's tricky leg spin. Vaibhav Tanpure seemed determined to put the chase back on track and played excellent for his 41 in 34 balls. FRCC-B fell short in the chase with a good all round performance by CCCC-Gold to wrap up the T20 season.
Man of the Match: Srinivasan Sundararajan for his spectacular innings of 106 (46b 3 Fours, 13 Sixers) SR 230.43
Scorecard: See [link= http://www.coloradocricket.org/scorecardfull.php?game_id=2965&ccl_mode=4] FRCC-B Vs CCCC-Gold Scorecard[/link]
Match Video: See FRCC-B Vs CCCC-Gold Match Video
FRCC-A @ FCCC: Twenty20 – 11:00 am Saturday September 27, 2017 at Lincoln School Ground, Fort Collins - Reported by Shrishailesh Chari(FRCC-A)
The game started on time with FRCC-A winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Darshan and Omer opening the innings for FCCC. Chaitanya started the proceedings for FRCC-A but did not manage to find his rhythm as he struggled with wides and no balls. At the other end Subhashish started well, but was smashed over the ropes twice by Darshan in the second over to give FCCC a brisk start. Just when it seemed like the game was slipping away from FRCC-A, captain Rohit Saini brought himself into the attack. With the conditions overcast, he made the ball talk in what was one of the best bowling spells for FRCC-A in the current spell. He went wicketless in his first over but then the floodgates opened as he first surprised Darshan with a short ball which FRCC-A players believed took his bat’s edge before hitting him on his shoulder as Sumeet took the catch. The umpires believed otherwise and although Darshan was adjudged not out, he left the field injured for treatment. This brought Naveen to the crease. He did not last long as he was cleaned up by Rohit off the very first ball as the ball swung in a mile to take the top of his leg stump for 0(1). Next in Faiq did not last long either as he too was cleaned up by Rohit off his very first ball. If one thought the ball to get rid of Naveen was beautiful, the next one was a ball that everyone watching will remember for a while. It swung half the width of the pitch. Faiq was trying to play a cover drive but the ball snuck between his bat and pad to uproot his middle stump for 0(1). Rohit was spitting fire as he finished his quota bowling 4 on the trot. He removed Dipal in his very next over as Dipal edged an outswinger to a sharp catch by Smitesh at slip for 1(4). Darshan walked in next to steady the ship but to no avail as Rohit trapped him in front of his stumps off a slower one in his last over for 20(22) to end with staggering figures of 4-0-7-4. Omer at the other end kept going as he compiled a well made 48(52) hitting 3 sixes and a boundary. The other FRCC-A bowlers ensured that they gave very few loose balls as they kept taking wickets regularly while also keeping the scoring rate low. Next in Gopal Susarla stuck around for a bit before being removed by Murali caught by Abhinav at mid off for 4(12). Venkatesh was sent in next to get some quick runs but he did not manage to anticipate the pace on Smitesh’s back of a length delivery. He was late on a pull as the ball crashed onto his stumps to dismiss him for 1(3). Next in Shantanu gave Omer company but did not last long as he was caught by Girish at short midwicket off Smitesh’s bowling for 5(14). Omer followed next in an attempt to up the scoring rate edging one off Murali to keeper Sumeet for 48(52). Sagar Chandra managed to score some helpful quick runs off the last Subhashish over as he finished unbeaten on 11(8), while Amit holed out to Sanket at deep midwicket for 3(5) off Subhashish’s bowling while Naman was run out off the second last ball of the innings for 0(1). Rohit was the standout bowler for FRCC-A taking 4 wickets while Murali and Smitesh were economical taking 2 wickets each while Subhashish took 1. FCCC finished their innings at 122 in 19.5.
In the chase for FRCC-A, Abhinav started with a bang as he hit Naveen off his first ball for a six before being castled by the same bowler for 9(6). Sumeet Khule had no such intentions of departing quickly as he and Smitesh put up a nice 62 run partnership as they kept the scorecard ticking while not loosing their wickets to take FRCC-A into a commanding position. Unfortunately Smitesh couldn’t stay till the end as he played on with the back of his bat unluckily for a well made 14(29) off Dipal’s bowling. Dipal was bowling well as he removed the next in Sanket for 5(6) being caught by Venkatesh at point. But Sumeet kept going from strength to strength as he compiled an unbeaten 71(53) hitting 4 sixes and 4 boundaries as he took FRCC-A over the line. Rohit Saini finished the game off in a flurry with a couple of sixes off Darshan as he finished unbeaten on 16(7). FRCC-A chased down the modest target in 16.5 to book their place in the finals with LCC-Lions the next day. It must be said, they deserved to be in the finals after playing brilliantly in the second round of the competition and also in the play offs.
Man of the Match: Sumeet Khule and Rohit Saini for their batting and bowling efforts scoring an unbeaten 71 and having bowling figures of 4-0-7-4 respectively as they took FRCC-A over the line comfortably in the chase.
Scorecard: See FRCC-A vs FCCC Scorecard
CCB @ RCC : T20 – 2:30pm Sunday September 30, 2018 at Cornerstone Ground - Reported by CCB
CCB won the toss and elected to bat first. Manjeet and Preetham opened the batting for CCB. The two opening batsmen seemed to have carried their form from their game against LCC. They got the team to a flying start scoring the first 50 runs in just 4.3 overs. Preetham in particular was in great touch. He spared no bowler, hitting them out of the park at will. Manjeet held strong at the other end of the wicket. Preetham got to his Fifty in the 6th Over, getting there in just 22 balls. The two continued their rampage against a hapless bowling attack to get the team to a 100 in the eighth over. At this point CCB looked like they were poised for a score of over 200. Like all good things must come to an end, the beginning of the 9th over saw Preetham getting out after holing one out to Mid-On. His 74 came off of just 36 balls with 7 fours and 6 sixers. The batsmen that followed Preetham did cause a big impact. Poor shot selection combined with some good bowling by Ravi saw CCB being reduced to 146/6 in the 14th over after having a start of 108 for no loss. Fortunately for CCB the lower middle order rallied with Kanag regaining the momentum with some great hitting to get the team to a total of 197 at the end of their quota of 20 Overs. Pick of the bowler for RCC was Ravi with 5 wickets well supported by Kaushik who picked 3 wickets.
RCC started their chase with Vikesh and Abhijit. If RCC had to have any chance of chasing the target down, they needed Vikesh to play a big innings for them. The two batsmen started positively hitting quite a few boundaries and sixers within the powerplay. Despite a positive start, the pressure of a huge total saw Vikesh getting out to Satyam in the 5th Over. CCB’s bowlers maintained good discipline in their bowling and kept getting wickets at regular intervals. Although a decent partnership between Satish and Kaushik got them close to the target, RCC never looked like coming close to chasing the huge total that CCB had set. In the end RCC ended their innings managing to score only 167. CCB had won the game comfortably and Preetham was rightly adjudged the man of the match for his swashbuckling 74.
Man of the Match: Preetham Naik for his spectacular batting scoring 74 runs in just 36 deliveries.
RCC Vs CCB Scorecard
CCCC-Green @ MCC: T20 – 10:00 am Saturday Sep 29, 2018 at Lower Acres, Longmont - Reported by Shiva Nambuvelu(CCCC-Green)
CCCC-Green won the toss and elected to bat. Sriram Ravulapati started the innings slow and steady. CCCC-Green lost 2 wickets early in 3rd and 4th over. Ravi was able to provide the crucial partnership that Sriram was looking for and that lasted until 11th over. Ravi gave a good company to Sriram by scoring 23 runs in 23 balls. Wickets kept falling for green. Sriram was able to play until the 19th over scoring 56 runs in 54 balls. CCCC-Green ended their innings scoring decent 130 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs and setting the target of 131 runs
For MCC, Arun and Ranvijay were sent in as openers. Arun started hitting from the first over and was looking dangerous. Venu got Arun in the 3rd over and then MCC lost one wicket in almost every over. Anil and Sai stabilized MCC batting but were not able to keep up the required run rate. MCC ended their innings by 99 runs for 10 wickets. Arun Thomas and Sai Balan played well to chase the target from MCC.CCCC-Green bowlers Rahul took 3 wickets, Shiva & Rajesh both 2 wickets each and did their job to keep MCC in control.
MCC lost the match by 31 runs. (99/10 in 19.1 overs)
Man of the Match: Sriram Ravulapati for his superb effort with bat to score 56 runs that proved crucial in winning the match.
Scorecard: See CCCC-Green Vs MCC Scorecard
CS-Stripes @ LCC-T: Twenty20 – 10AM Saturday September 29th, 2018 at Green Valley Ranch - Reported by Aashish Janoria(LCC-T)
CS-Stripes won the toss and elected to bat first. It was a wet wicket and a wet outfield with over cast sky during the beginning of the game. LCC-T started off extremely well by taking quick wickets and got CS-Stripes cornered in a big way (5-9). Shlok bowled extremely well taking wickets by bowling a very tight line and length, and even bowled a maiden over. Subbu bowled a very economical spell as well and kept the CS-Stripes batsmen guessing. The opening bowling pair put a tremendous amount of pressure on CS-Stripes batting from the get go. The middle order batsman (Vamshi & Varun) played a very sensible inning and got the momentum back on the CS-Stripes side. A sensible and aggressive partnership stabilized the batting and CS-Stripes ended up with a total of 152-9. The first 10 overs were completely controlled by LCC-T, but the second half was all Vamshi & Varun show. Wonderful batting that gave LCC-T a formidable total to chase.
The highlights from the bowling side were Shlok who bowled an amazing spell and at one time it looked like LCC-T will get CS-Stripes out for a very low score. Subbu bowled a very tight and economical spell as well. Honorable mentions are Phani and Manoj who ended the inning with some tight bowling.
In response, LCC-T opened with Nayab Khan and Ramesh Appat. Nayab started off aggressively and hit 3 quick sixes to put immediate pressure on CS-Stripes. Ramesh kept rotating the strike and kept the scoreboard ticking. Nayab was soon caught at point which brought Vijay Limma in to bat. Vijay played a great inning by keeping a high strike rate going and did not let the average down. After losing the top 4 wickets for 69 runs, Manoj came into bat. He played an amazing inning with passion and to win. He made great batting decisions and kept the runs flowing. He was supported very well by Ahamed who played some aggressive shots of his own. Manoj with his unbeaten 45 went on to win the game for LCC-T and became the MOTM.
Man of the Match: Shlok Rathi for his great bowling.
Scorecard: See LCC-T Vs CSCC-Stripes Scorecard
BCC @ DCC: T20 – 2pm Saturday Sep 29, 2018 at Denver Ground
- Reported by Benjamin George(BCC)
DCC won the toss and elected to bat. BCC struck in the first over and got rid of the opener batsman, however Harpreet and Pranbeer had different plans and continued to play aggressive throughout the power play overs. BCC second spell bowlers(Dikshith and Varma) bowled a tight line and got rid of the top order with some good catching in the deep. DCC continued losing wickets at regular intervals and were able to score 136 after losing all the wickets in the 20th over.
BCC opened cautiously and maintained the required run rate but lost the opening pair after the power play. Om played the anchor innings while wickets kept falling around him until Jimmi partnered with him to get closer to the target. When the equation turned 70 in 7 overs the batsmen changed gears and hit sixes at will. Om perished in the process and was replaced by Keyur who went full throttle and hit 27 runs in 9 ball which included 4 sixes. Jimmi finished the chase with a six.
Man of the Match: Keyur Amin For his blistering batting in the final overs scoring 27 of 9 balls, which included 4 sixes.
Scorecard: See BCC Vs DCC Scorecard
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