Premier Match Reports - (5-6 Aug 2017) - Last updated 9-Aug-2017 12:49pm
Author: Andrew Lee(DCC); Dharam Patel(LCC); Rohit Saini(FRCC)
Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
UNM at FRCC: P40 game - played on Aug-5 2017 – Reported by Rohit Saini, FRCC
This past weekend FRCC hosted UNM for a P40 game at Longmont.Due to the overnight thunderstorms the pitch and the ground was in really bad shape. Both the captains and umpires decided to delay the start of the game. FRCC players worked really hard to soak up at least 20 buckets of water from and around the pitch with towels and soppers and the match finally started at 11:30 AM. The umpires decided to reduce 4 overs and to make it a 36 over game.
UNM’s captain Manmeet won the toss again and decided to bat first. The conditions were perfect for swing bowling and FRCC seamers didn’t disappoint.
Ishtiaque and Manmeet started the innings for UNM and both the batsmen were very watchful of the swing at the start. Rohit and Chari started off the bowling and gave nothing away in the first six overs. Chari got Ishtiaque caught on the slips in the 6th over by a very good catch by Sumeet. FRCC got the breakthrough and Subhashish was introduced into the attack.
After that it was all Subhashish’s extraordinary show with the ball. Subhashish is known for his banana swingers and he also has the ability to move the ball in the air. UNM had no answers as to how to play him and they got bundled out for 35 runs in 18 overs. Only Murtaza(12) could make it to double figures. Subhashish picked up 7 wickets for 12 runs. Abhinav also chipped in with 2 wickets for FRCC.
Chasing a low total, FRCC had a poor start. Both openers Vivek and Waqas got out on duck, quickly followed by Sridhar (1) and Manohar (1). Abhinav (27*) on the other end played some delightful shots and finished off the game for FRCC in the 8th over.
For UNM, Manmeet, Savin, Murtaza and Rahul all got a wicket each.
Man of the Match: Subhashish Dash for his dream spell of 7 wickets for 12 runs.
See FRCC Vs UNM Scorecard
CCB @ LCC: Premier, August 5, 2017 - Reported by Dharam Patel (LCC-Lions)
A much anticipated match of the season, LCC hosted CCB in a Premier match. Both teams looked strong on paper and were ready to showcase some quality cricket. LCC have been undefeated up to this point in the Premier format and CCB were ready to give them their first defeat. CCB won the toss and elected to bat first.
Eugene O’Brien and Satyam Singh opened for CCB. They gave CCB one of their best opening partnerships against LCC ever. The 2 of them put together a 123 run partnership, and looked very dominant against LCC bowlers. Satyam was the more aggressive batsmen and gave a couple chances, which LCC dropped but other than that his innings was flawless. Eugene on the other hand was batting with a mixture of patience and aggression. The LCC bowlers today were more disciplined than they have been in the past few matches but the CCB openers were determined to bat for a very long time.
In the 28th over, with CCB well in control and their whole batting lineup still in hand, Satyam decided to accelerate and top edged a ball to deep midwicket. Satyam scored 63 off 84 with 5x4s and 1x6s. Kamal (12) joined Eugene with the score at 123 for 1. LCC thought they had a chance to pull back the scoring if they continued to take wickets and they did just that. After the dismissal of Kamal, CCB batsmen only contributed 8 runs with 3 wickets. Eugene was their only hope to cross the 200 run mark. Benjamin George joined Eugene on the last ball of the 37th over. CCB had 180 with 2 overs to go and Eugene on 81.
LCC seemed to keep the target under control but the last 2 overs had CCB having the last laugh. The 39th over went for 18 runs and the 40th over went for 17 runs, Ben gave a couple of big blows to score 21* off 11 balls. But the story for CCB’s batting was Eugene O’Brien, he didn’t give a single chance except for an edge which landed well short of the keeper. He was very patient and batted superbly for his 98* and deserved a 100. Eugene scored 98* off 119 balls with 5x4s and 2x6s. A very good find for CCB and a great talent in the league, I wish him all the luck for the future and am sure a big one isn’t too far behind.
CCB ended their innings with 215/5. LCC only gave up 13 extras but CCB batted very well. Raj and Dhiren were the pick of the bowlers with figures of 8-0-37-1 and 8-0-40-2 respectively.
In response, LCC opened with a different lineup, sending Bodhayan and Nayab Khan to open the innings. The first 2 overs went well with LCC getting 17 runs, but the third over bowled by Manjeet started just how CCB would like to. Bodha inside edged back onto the stumps and was out for only 1. LCC’s Captain, Dharam, joined Nayab but didn’t last long either going 2 overs later for only 6 runs.
CCB knew that 1 more wicket could lead to a collapse but Sandeep Banerjee and Nayab Khan decided to take matters into their hands and eased pressure. They put up 75 runs together in 12 overs and gave LCC some hope to chase the target down. Nayab (48 of 48) got out in the 17th over with 100 on the board. LCC still had a big name being held back. Dhiren came to the crease but Sandeep (37 off 44) departed shortly after with the score at 111/4.
At the 20 overs mark LCC needed another 103 more runs to win, but the problem was wickets in hand. LCC couldn’t afford to lose wickets and had to make sure that someone supported Dhiren from the other end. Karthik was just the man to do that. Him and Dhiren put up 48 runs in 10 overs and got LCC into a better position to take the match deep and possibly to the last over. Karthik made 11 off 45 balls but most importantly, kept rotating the strike very well back to Dhiren.
The remaining 10 overs would be the longest 10 overs bowled. 2 rain and lightning interruptions delayed the match. Once play got started Bhavya got hurt by slipping on the grass and another delayed followed. At this point LCC needed 32 runs in 6 overs. Another delay followed but the captains and the umpires decided that the game has come a long way and that not completing it wouldn’t be fair to the losing team. The end time, was extended to 6:15pm and play continued. LCC would lose another wicket in the 37th over but the target was getting closer.
LCC only needed only 12 more runs with 3 overs to go. But the drama started in the 39th over. Only needing 6 more runs Dhiren decided to take on one ball in the over and tried flicking the ball to square leg only to find the top edge and find the safe hands of Manjeet. A well made 61 runs off 54 balls for Dhiren. 2 balls later Dhruv was out bowled for a duck. Now LCC had only 2 wickets left, 6 balls and 5 runs to get. Deepak bowled the last over and it read 1,1,0,0,3. The moment Phani hit the ball Bhavya was already halfway down the pitch and both were determined to finish it right there. LCC crossed the finish line with 1 ball to spare. It was a great contest between both teams. CCB bowlers weren’t as disciplined as they would have liked to be and gave up 30 extras. But the pick of their bowlers was Manjeet picking up a 5 for and figures reading 8-0-27-5.
Man of the Match: Dhiren Patel for his bowling figures of 8-0-40-2 but most importantly his match winning knock of 61 off 54 balls with 3x4s and 3x6s.
See LCC Vs CCB Scorecard
See LCC Vs CCB match video
DCC @ UNM: Premier game, Aug 6, 2017 - Reported by Andrew Lee(DCC)
DCC won their first ever Premier game in a clinical 8 wicket victory over UNM.
UNM won the toss and decided to bat first but UNM’s batsmen never looked comfortable against DCC seamers, who all bowled with good pace and aggression. UNM were all out for 41 in 23.3 overs
Only Murtaza Askari (13 from 43) scored more than 5 for UNM. In fairness, the outfield was fairly wet, and grass relatively long, meaning even the crispest shots struggled to make it outside the 30 yard circle.
The stand-out bowler was Umang Bhatt whose spell of 7.3 overs 4/9 was a fine display of aggressive pace bowling. Bowling from around the wicket, Umang used his height (all 2 meters of him) to generate bounce off a good length. Too many of the UNM batsmen tried to hit Bhatt through mid-on, tamely nicking off to the slips and wicket keeper. The fielders behind the bat did not drop a thing; Harpreet Singh at first slip held on to a ball travelling fast into the chest to dismiss Rahul Reddy for a duck off the bowling of Arvind BR, and Manjinder Singh took the catch of the game at second slip, jumping to catch above his head to dismiss the gutsy Ronak Shah (4 off 29) of Umang’s bowling.
Manjinder's off spin, bowled with good guile and flight, provided too much temptation for the UNM lower order batsmen, who lost two wickets trying to clear the ropes. Credit is also due to the DCC fielders for their reliable catching, especially Prashanth Thiruvenkataswamy and w/k Deepak Rajendran who took three catches each.
Super star Sahil Chaudhry chipped in with a double wicket maiden to end UNM’s innings.
The only worry for DCC chasing 42 was the incoming weather. Seeking to knock them off as fast as possible, Sameer Chavan played a fine aggressive run-a-ball innings of 25, which included the only boundaries of the day, three dismissive slog sweeps and a brutal six down the ground. DCC chased the score down in 6.2 overs to move off the bottom of the table.
Man of the Match: Umang Bhatt for his superb bowling (7.3-2-9-4)
See UNM Vs DCC Scorecard
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