Twenty20 Match Reports - (23-24 Sep 2017) - Last updated 28-Sep-2017 1:23pm
Author: Vikas RS(DCC);SriShailesh Chari(FRCC);Aniruddha Deshpande(YCC);Sakthivel Sadhanantham(LCC-L)
Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
DCC @ CCCC: T20 game, Sep 23, 2017 - Reported by Vikas RS (DCC)
The first weekend of Fall 2017 felt more like winter as the temperatures dropped significantly within a couple of days. CCCC won the toss and surprisingly decided to bat in a match where D/L was expected to come into play.
CCCC opened the batting with Sandeep and Cecil. CCCC had an explosive start to their innings with Sandeep Bollampally taking full advantage of the powerplay and smashing the ball to few boundaries and sixes. At the end of 5 overs they were at 66/1 and it looked like a big total was on the cards. DCC bounced back with Arvind BR picking up 2 quick wickets in the 6th over, who then continued with his disciplined line and length bowling to keep the run rate down. CCCC lost Sandeep’s wicket in 12th over as he tried to increase the run rate but the ball went straight to the long off fielder.
Jaswinder and Manjinder pitched in with some tight bowling at the other end to restrict CCCC to 103/6 runs at the end of the 15th over. It had started to drizzle making conditions far from ideal. Praveen Rao played a patient innings and held on to his wicket and helped CCCC accelerate towards the end to a competitive 144 at the end of 20 overs. Pick of the bowlers were Arvind (4-0-9-3) and Yash (3-0-13-3) from DCC. Yash was also the best fielder for DCC as he held on to 3 important catches on a cold day along with a run out.
The second innings was delayed by around 15 minutes because of the rain. DCC’s first target was to cross D/L par score at the end of 10 overs, which was around 65 runs without losing more than couple of wickets. DCC’s openers Sameer and Vikas provided a stable and steady start with 35 runs at the end of 5 overs without any loss of wickets. It started to drizzle again but not bad enough to stop play.
DCC continued to score at 6-7 an over when by the end of 10th over rain was pouring in heavily. DCC were 67/2 at the end of 10th over. A single ball was bowled in the 11th over after which playing conditions worsened to point where players had to step off the field. Vikas was the highest scorer for DCC with 34*(30). The conditions worsened with more rain in the next hour. As expected, D/L kicked in requiring DCC to have scored 65 runs with the loss of 2 wickets after 10 overs. DCC were 68/2, thus winning the game by a small margin.
Man of the Match: Arvind BR for his disciplined bowling helping DCC bounce back after a rough start. He ended with the figures of 4 overs, 9 runs, 3 wickets.
See DCC Vs CCCC Scorecard
FRCC at FCCC: T20 game - Sep 23rd 2017 – Reported by SriShailesh Chari(FRCC)
This was a much anticipated clash between the first and the second placed teams in the CCL T20 league, FCCC and FRCC. The game was being played at Boltz, FCCC’s home in Englandlike conditions, wet, windy and cold. FCCC won the toss and elected to bat first backing their strong batting lineup to put up a strong total but FRCC bowlers had some other ideas.
Darshan and Omer started off very well getting a boundary every over for the first four overs going at a good run rate. It seemed like they would make use of the home conditions before Shiril came in with a game changing spell dismissing Omer (7) and Faiq (1) in the same over, castling Omer and getting Faiq caught behind around the pads. The very next over Darshan (24) chased a wide ball from Chari and edged it to the keeper to have FCCC reeling at 33 odd for 3 from 31 for 0. The very next over again FCCC lost Santanu (3) for a soft dismissal with him lobbing the ball to Murali at short mid-on off Shiril.
This brought Naveen and Gopal to the crease with them trying to rebuild the innings. At the break FCCC went in with the score at 69/4. FRCC bowlers gave some easy runs before the break by means of boundary balls and extras. But after the break they tightened their line leading to a collapse in FCCC’s batting innings with Gopal (15) and Naveen (13) falling in the same over to Chari with Shiril and Kalyan taking good catches to dismiss them. This was followed by a fiery spell by Subhashish who swung the ball both ways at very good pace which the FCCC batsmen had no answer to. There were times when the bats came down after the ball had passed the stumps such was his dominance. He cleaned up FCCC’s lower order and the tail with some brilliant swinging fast deliveries getting rid of Rajesh (7), Dipal (0), Ravi (0 )and Naman (0) to end FCCC’s innings at 93. Shiril and Chari took 3 wickets each while Subhashish took 4 wickets.
When FRCC openers Sumeet and Abhinav came into bat, the conditions got even worse with the ball hitting the hand hard making catching difficult. This showed when FCCC dropped 3 - 4 catches making the game even more-easier than it already was for FRCC. Sumeet and Abhinav hit some crunching shots to get FRCC off to a good start before Abhinav (18) fell first. Then it was a bit shaky for FRCC with Sumeet (26) and Sanket (9) falling in quick succession. But Kalyan and Rohit steadied the ship with some good shots before Kalyan (8) fell for a loose shot right before the end. Rohit (16*) hit a big six to level the scores before he finished it off to take FRCC into the finals with a convincing 6 wickets win. For FRCC, Naveen, Omer, Ravi and Darshan all got a wicket each.
Man of the Match: Shiril Tichkule for his important and impressive spell of 3-0-19-3 dismissing the 3 among the top 4 to set the tone.
See FRCC Vs FCCC Scorecard
YCC @ LCC-T: T20 game, Sept 23, 2017 - Reported by Aniruddha Deshpande (YCC)
The two lower ranked teams clashed on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon to secure a 9 or 10th spot in the league standings. Cold weather and continuous drizzle made playing difficult. But both the teams demonstrated true sportsman spirit and passion for the game to complete the match.
YCC won the crucial toss and elected to bat. LCC-T started with their experienced bowlers, Phani and Raj. Both bowled a good line and length resulting in YCC losing their opening batsmen in first 3 overs. Thushara and Anirudha (11 runs of 27 balls) ensured no wickets were lost and took the score to 47 by 9th over.
LCC-T brought back Phani and he broke the partnership. With seven wickets in hand, YCC decided to attack the LCC-T bowling. Thushara was in great form punishing loose balls scoring 47 runs of 31 balls and in the process hitting 3 sixes and 4 fours. He was well supported by Naval (23 runs of 22 balls) and the partnership of 67 runs was crucial to post a decent score in challenging weather conditions. Good tight bowling by LCC-T in the last five overs limited YCC’s score to 138. The pick of the bowlers for LCC-T were Phani (2/22) and Raj (1/19).
LCC-T didn’t make a good start losing Nayab in the first over by a direct throw from Umesh resulting in a run out. Bharat (2/20) bowled a very good spell, getting two wickets in his 3rd over. Umesh (1/14) bowled fast and accurate not allowing LCC batsmen to free their arms. Raj and Manish had a good partnership of 51 runs before Manish was bowled by Aniruddha (2/18) in 13th over. Raj played a remarkable inning of 78 runs of 59 balls mixing aggression with patience. He batted for almost 20 overs and taking LCC close to victory.
Raj was caught at the boundary by a well-judged catch from Naval. With well-set batsman out, LCC needed 12 runs from the last over with 3 wickets in hand. Thushara (2/20) started with 3 consecutive wide balls reducing the target to 9 runs in six balls. He regained his composure and got two wickets on consecutive balls. Needing 6 runs of the last ball, it required “Miandad” style finish to win the match for LCC. But Thushara stuck to his full-length ball getting Vijay out for 0. YCC won a closely fought match by 5 runs.
Man of the Match: Raj Chitikila for his brilliant half century.
See YCC Vs LCC-T Scorecard
CCB @ LCC-L: T20 game, Eliminator Game, Sep 23, 2017 - Reported by Sakthivel Sadhanantham (LCC-L)
LCC-Lions vs CCB match has always been interesting. This is the 2nd game they play against each other in 2017 T20 Championship. CCB had won the neck to neck battle in the league match against LCC-Lions at the same ground where this playoff eliminator was scheduled. At the same time, LCC-Lions have the home advantage at Cornerstone Park.
It was a chilly and cloudy day with rain expected in the later part of the day. The toss was won by CCB and without any hesitation they elected to bowl first. Dhiren and Dharam opened the batting for LCC-Lions. It was a slow and steady start for LCC-Lions. Dhiren and Dharam had an opening partnership of 50 runs in 8.2 overs. At this moment, Satyam got the break through departing Dharam for 13 runs of 19 balls caught by Om.
Dhiren was really looking good and continued playing with Bodha who joined him. Once again Dhiren and Bodha played brilliant innings and set the foundation for LCC-Lions to get a big score. Dhiren got caught out off Eugene for 65 runs of 48 balls with 5 huge sixes and 3 boundaries. Jay Pathak joined hands with Bodha when the team score was 90 for 2 in 13.2 overs. Jay played sensibly. Bodha and Jay had a partnership of 52 runs. Jay got out for 20 runs of 17 balls with 2 boundaries bowled by Arvind; followed by Bodha getting run out of 44 runs of 28 balls with 5 huge sixes and 1 boundary.
For CCB, Arvind got 2 wickets for 28 runs in 3 overs. Satyam and O’Brien supported Arvind with 1 wicket each. Finally, LCC-Lions ended with 156 for 5 wickets in 20 overs. LCC-Lions felt they were 15 runs short of what they expected of their batting.
A target of 156 runs is always tough when any team chases this score in a big game. CCB started their batting with Manjeet and Satyam. Manjeet departed LBW in the second ball of the 1st over with brilliant in swing from Dhiren. Jay picked O’brien LBW for 8 runs of 9 balls. Satyam continued playing a good inning and scored of 51 runs of 39 balls and got run out by Dhiren’s brilliant work. Preetam scored 20 of 28 balls, Rajesh scored 24 of 10 balls. Excellent innings from Om Giridhar who scored 42 runs of 32 balls and kept the game alive. He stayed not out till the final ball when CCB required 6 runs and they managed to score only 2. Dhruv bowled brilliant final over and defended 15 runs for LCC Lions. Shyd and Dhiren were the pick of the bowlers who gave 21 runs for 4 over’s with 1 wicket each. Jay and Dhruv ended up with 1 wicket each too.
Man of the Match: Dhiren Patel for his amazing knock of 65 runs in 48 balls and 1 wicket by giving just 21 runs in 4 overs, and effecting the run out.
See LCC-L Vs CCB Scorecard
Match Video: See LCC-L Vs CCB Twenty20 1st Qualifier
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