Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 25 (6-7 Oct 2018) - Last updated 14-Oct-2018 10:43pm
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By Preetham Naik(CCB);Santanu Ghosh(FCCC);Hamayun Zaheer(CSCC);Vamsi Kanumuri(CSCC-Stripes);Dharam Patel(LCC)
Oct 9, 2018
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Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 25 (6-7 Oct 2018)
FRCC at CCB : Premier – 10:00 am Saturday October 6, 2018 at Denver Ground - Reported by Preetham Naik(CCB)
CCB won the toss and elected to bat first. Manjeet and Preetham opened the batting for CCB. CCB lost their 1st wicket to Rohit’s brilliant bowling in his first over when Manjeet was caught out. But a great partnership by Preetham and Venky up front steadied the innings for CCB. Preetham kept the momentum high for CCB when we go quick 44 runs from just 4 deliveries. Venky on the other end supported well. After Preetham got out, Venky and Kamal played some magnificent off side shots to keep the scoreboard ticking. Venky was bowled out by Smitesh’s second over. Satyam was brought into the attack to hold CCB’s middle order, while Kamal kept his shots. After Satyam got out, there was a mini collapse in CCB’s lower middle order with Rohit and Chari bowling very good spells in their second session. Rajesh and Kamal scored another 30 odd runs. Kanag and Gaurav finished the innings well with 11 runs in the last over to get our total to 188. For FRCC, Rohit
(8-1-28-2) and Chari (8-0-35-2) were best bowlers maintaining their economy rate under 4 rpo. They were well supported by Murali and Smitesh who picked 2 wickets each. For CCB, Kamal and Preetham’s innings was better than what meets the eye due to 2-pc ball, slow outfield, and cold conditions.
In response, CCB started their bowling with combination of out and in swing with Satyam and Preetham respectively. After maiden first over, Preetham started the FRCC downfall with first ball wicket of Manohar. With their captain, Sumeet, still on the crease, CCB knew that his wicket was crucial to our victory. Satyam got Sumeet out with a good length delivery outside off. Rajesh fell quickly afterwards thanks to very disciplined bowling. At the end of 10th over, the spin duo was introduced into attack. Venky quickly responded by picking up Smitesh at long off, thanks to a good catch by Sama. With the scorecard reading 18/4 at the end of 11th, Subhashish and Rohit steadied the innings staying at the crease and building a crucial partnership. CCB, however, didn’t give an inch and kept the pressure on both the batsmen. With run-rate increasing with every over, something had to give. And that came in the 24th over when Venki, now bowling off spin, trapped Subhashish for lbw. Sanket and Rohit fell in the next two overs and exposed FRCC tail. CCB still did not lift their foot off the pedal and continued to put pressure. FRCC was bowled out for 125 runs in 38 overs. Rohit and Subhashish were best batsmen for FRCC scoring 34 runs and 27 runs respectively. Preetham(6.4-1-10-3) and Kamal(8-0-39-3) picked up 3 wickets each who were very well supported by Satyam(8-2-15-2) and Venky(8-1-23-2) for their critical spell.
Man of the Match: Kamal Ponday for his spectacular batting scoring 55 runs and picking 3 wickets.
Scorecard: See CCB Vs FRCC Scorecard
FCCC @ CCCC: Premier – 11:00 AM Saturday October 6, 2018 at Lower Garden Acres ground, Longmont - Reported by Santanu Ghosh(FCCC)
It was a cold day for the game of cricket and umpires rightfully shorten the game and made it 36 overs game. To encash the overcast condition FCCC decided to bawl first. CCCC Opener Ashish and Sudhir started the innings cautiously. On one end they were playing Naman defensively as he was bawling superbly, but on the other end they were taking risk and scoring runs as well. FCCC got their first breakthrough from Naveen when Darshan did a superb job as a keeper to stamp out Sudhir. C4 was then 47 in 8 overs. After fall of their first wicket, C4 couldn’t convert the good start as they kept on losing wickets. FCCC bawlers Naveen, Amit, Darshan, Ravi Sharma bowled superbly and picking up wickets in right interval. From C4 innings Ashish was the highest scorer with 43 runs. He was getting some support from Madhav(10 Runs from 20 balls) and Srini (11 runs from 7 balls). But both batsmen fall to Amit’s magnificent bawling. At the end, C4 Managed to post a target of 178 runs with contribution from Praveen (26 Runs of 52 Balls) , Ravi(11 Runs from 29 Balls) and Satya (15 Runs of 13 balls). From FCCC side Naman(4-0-12-0) and Ravi (5-0-18-0) bawled with best economy whereas the wickets takers were Bohar (4 over 35 runs 1 wicket) Naveen (5 over 19 runs 3 wickets) Darshan (7 Overs 33 runs for 2 Wickets) Amit (4 Overs 20 runs for 2 Wickets) and Sagar (4 Overs 21 runs for 1 Wicket).
While chasing FCCC had its initial hiccup when one opener Bohar got bawled out by Tushara in 3 over of the game. And very next over Santanu got run out to make the scorecard (2 for 17 runs) look difficult for FCCC. A counter-attack from Nikhil(34 Runs from 23 Balls) with Ravi(7 runs in 17 balls) was making the chase easy for rest of the FCCC batsman. But then the slow bawling from Praveen got both of them out in same over. At this time Naveen and Sagar came together and played sensibly to recover the fall of 2 quick wickets. Eventually, this pair made it sure that the winning runs are in sight. When Sagar got out after scoring 32 runs from 54 balls FCCC needed 35 runs in rest of the 9 overs. But Darshan didn’t have any plan to prolong the chase. His quick 22 runs from 12 balls along with Naveen’s 43 from 62 balls completed the chase easily.
Man of the Match: Naveen KP for his all-round performance - 3 wickets and 43 Not out.
Scorecard: See CCCC Vs FCCC scorecard
DCC @ CSCC: Premier - 11 AM Sunday Oct 7th 2018 at Memorial New, Colorado Springs – Reported by Hamayun Zaheer(CSCC)
On Sun Oct. 7th, CSCC hosted DCC at the Memorial New ground. It was a cold glommy day but cricket had to be played. Due to the inclement weather, the game was rescheduled to 11 Am and shortened to 35 overs a side. DCC won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. As the opposing captain, I would like to commend the effort DCC put up considering they only had 8 players on the day. Manjinder and Umang started cautiously, as CSCC bowler Prassana found some early pace and swing. Both the DCC openers did well to see off the new ball. Manjinder especially dug down and anchored the DCC innings scoring 64 off 91 balls. Umang, Jaswinder, Sameer, and Satya all scored in double figures providing great support to Manjinder. For CSCC the pick of the bowlers was Narayan Madabusi with figures of 7-0-27-4. DCC were all out in the 35th over with 155 on the board.
Chasing 155 to win in 35 overs, CSCC opened batting with Sandeep and Kervyn. Sandeep had a brief stay at the crease when he was caught behind by Pranveer off Harish’s bowling. Coming in next Vikas forged a partnership with Kervyn taking the team score to 54 when, Vikas pushed one to the left of the bowler and took off for a run, only to be sent back by Kervyn and mid-pitch. This resulted in a runout and VIkas had to return to the pavilion. Sensing they had an opening, DCC bowlers came hard at CSCC batsmen and picked up wickets at regular intervals. The pick of the bowlers for DCC was Jaswinder, who finished with figures of 7-1-22-4. Satya also bowled well and picked up two wickets.
CSCC were 98 for 9 when the last batsman Sunil walked in to join Kangesh at the crease. With 58 runs still needed and the last wicket at the crease, DCC was well on their way to a big victory. However Kangesh and Sunil had other plans. Sunil batted with composure and picked up timely singles to get Kangesh on strike for most of the partnership. Kangesh on the other hand started putting the bad balls away. Slowly and surely the last wicket duo brought the score down to 18 needed off the last over. Harish was to bowl the last over and Kangesh was on strike. The first ball was a above the waist no ball that Kangesh put away to the deep suare leg boundary. The next ball was also called a no ball and was put away by Kangesh over the boundary. Feeling the pressure, Harish also bowled a couple of wides in the over. When it was all said and done, Kangesh had scored 18 off the first two balls of the over taking CSCC to a memorable win.
Man of the Match: Kangesh Paramasivam for scoring 57 off 38 and remaining not out.
Scorecard: See DCC Vs CSCC Scorecard
Mile High CC @ CSCC Stripes: T20 - 10am Saturday Oct 6, 2018 at Memorial Park Rose Bowl, Colorado Springs - Reported by Vamsi Kanumuri(CSCC-Stripes)
This is the last T20 game for CSCC-Stripes and Mile High CC. Toss won by Mile High and they elected to bat first. It was a very cold morning with temperatures between 46 and 50 degrees. Mile High played with 9 players.
Stripes got to a very good start from their bowlers, who took 6 wickets with only 33 runs on the board in 9.5 overs. Vamsi Kanumuri had a great spell with 4-1-9-3 and Biswas and Sunil taking one wicket each. But Mile High bounced back strongly and made a total of 102 runs in 20 overs with patient and sensible knock from Satish (26 runs), Kumaresan (14 runs) and Venkata Satya (33 runs). With a respectable score on board, Mile High looked to defend their score.
In response, Stripes got to a great start with the opening partnership scoring 72 runs in 12.3 overs. Mohan was at his best scoring 44 runs in 44 balls with two big sixes and one four. Alagar scored 31 runs in 37 balls, however dropped catches proved to be costly for Mile High as they dropped almost 7 catches. Vamsi joined Mohan and scored 14 runs in 8 balls with two 4’s. Stripes finished the game in 14.5 overs by scoring 106 runs.
This is Stripes first win this season which is a nice way to finish the season. The game was played in great spirit from both sides.
Man of the Match: Mohanprabhu Jayaram for his wonderful knock with the bat 44 runs in 44 balls with two 6’s and one 4.
Scorecard: See CSCC-Stripes Vs MCC Scorecard
RCC @ LCC: Premier, October 07, 2018, 10am, Cornerstone Park - Reported by Dharam Patel(LCC)
LCC hosted RCC for the 2nd Premier Semifinals match held at Cornerstone Park. The weather was grim, with heavy cloud coverage and very cold temperatures. Match had a delayed start of 10:30am with RCC winning the toss and electing to bat first.
RCC opened with Vikesh and Abhijit, and on the very first ball of the match Abhijit edged one to gully but was dropped. RCC at that point realized that they would need to play with much more caution if they wanted to bat out the 40 overs. They did just that, every RCC batsman played with extreme caution. Even Vikesh (6 from 26 balls), RCC’s highest run scorer this year, played unlike him. Maybe the playoff jitters, maybe their first time being in the playoffs, or maybe the cold weather kept the body tight but whatever it was the RCC batsmen had a mission to just play out the 40 overs. LCC on the other hand just tried to stay warm out in the field. Bowlers were bowling well and kept the score barely moving. Benjamin George (23) gave RCC a bit of movement in the middle but after a small cameo with Vikas (12) and Srikanth (18) was cleverly deceived by Rezwan and a good catch by Bodha. LCC kept things tight and at times weren’t getting the luck they needed to finish the innings early. A good partnership at the end between Kaushik (12) and Rajdeep (13) gave RCC a bit of a boost but were all out for 124 in 37.1 overs.
Although the LCC attack was restrictive in their bowling, they weren’t disciplined as usual and gave up 13 extras with 12 wides. Manoj and Raj picked up a wicket each, Rezwan bowled very well with figures of 5-1-16-2 but Jay and Bhavya were the pick of the bowlers getting 3 wickets each in their 8 overs. Jay was the most economical bowler but was the only bowler besides Karthik to not register a maiden, with excellent figures of 8-0-20-3.
LCC had a low score to chase down and with the absence of Dhiren, they opened with Karthik and Dharam instead. Karthik did manage to give a few chances to the RCC fielders, but after the 3rd chance decided that it was his day to score the runs. Karthik played within his limits and dispatched a few balls to the boundary. Chasing a low target can become tricky in this league but the LCC openers made it look very easy. Their partnership of 88 runs basically sealed the deal for the finals. Dharam unfortunately got out scoring 43 runs off 41 balls. But Rezwan and Karthik made sure that they finished the remainder 36 runs without losing a wicket. At one point Rezwan almost finished the match with Karthik needing 1 more run for his maiden CCL half century, and after defending the rest of the over, Karthik got the opportunity and didn’t disappoint. He scored 51 not out off 69 balls which included 4x4s. Congratulations to Karthik Bhaskarabhatta on his first CCL 50! Many more to come! Rezwan also stayed not out and scored 23 off 27 balls with 3x4s. LCC in the end reached the target in 22.4 overs and with that secured their spot in the Finals for a chance to defend their Championship.
Srikanth was the lone wicket taker for RCC. It was great to see a new face this year in the playoffs and LCC would like to Congratulate RCC on a great 2018 campaign. They have grown a lot from when they started in the league and looking to see them again in the playoffs in the future. We wish them all the best for the future seasons!
Man of the Match: Karthik Bhaskarabhatta was MoM for his Maiden CCL half century scoring 51* off 69 balls which included 4x4s.
Scorecard: See LCC Vs RCC Scorecard
Match Video: See LCC Vs RCC Premier Semi-Finals match video
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