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Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 27 (20-21 Oct 2018) - Last updated 25-Oct-2018 03:21pm
By Bodhayan Chakraborty(LCC);Shrishailesh Chari(FRCC);Surendar Lakkadi(DDCC)
Oct 24, 2018
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Premier/Twenty20 Match Reports - Week 26 (13-14 Oct 2018)

CCB @ LCC: Premier Final, Oct 21st, 2018 at Cornerstone Park, Littleton - Reported by Bodhayan Chakraborty(LCC)

On a beautiful Sunday morning, the 2018 Premier final was hosted at Cornerstone Park. LCC, the defending champion and the five times Colorado premier league winner locked horns against CCB, the only team they lost the Premier league final in last 6 years. The sun was shining bright and the reflection from the mountain snow made Cornerstone Park a picturesque location. The temperature was in mid 70s and perfect for a grand contest. Both the teams beat their opponents convincingly in the semifinals and were confident of winning the championship.

Littleton captain Dharam won the toss and elected to bat first. The outfield was dry and fast and both the teams knew 180 would be a par score in this ground. The two Patels, Dhiren and Dharam opened the innings for LCC. Dharam started the charge for LCC hitting the first boundary of the last ball of second over. The first real sign of aggression was shown by the LCC openers in the 6th over when Dhiren hit Preetham towards cow corner for a boundary and then nonchalantly hit over covers for the first six of the innings. Dharam hit couple of beautiful cover drives of Kanag in the last over of the powerplay, but in the same over, Dhiren got out caught at mid-off. LCC got a decent start scoring 39 runs of the first powerplay but lost an important wicket. Even though that is a big wicket, CCB’s celebration was rather subdued knowing that LCC has a big batting line up and anybody in the top six can take the game away very quickly. Rezwan joined Dharam and while Rezwan was trying get settled, Dharam continued to hit boundaries at regular interval. Dharam hit Harsha for a well-timed six of a low full toss over cover and slashed him for a boundary over short third-man in his next over. Introduction of CCBs premier wicket-taker Venkatesh did not stop Dharam to play his shots. The shot of the day was probably a superbly timed backfoot punch by Dharam of Venky that reached the sweeper cover boundary. That shot is rarity in our league but it also proved that the ground is faster today than any other day. Kamal was introduced in the 13th over and he started to put brakes on LCC’s run-rate. But runs were coming from the other bowlers. By the first drinks break, LCC laid a solid foundation by scoring 71 runs in 15 overs losing just one wicket.

Dharam completed his half-century after the drinks break and he was looking ominous for CCB. He hit a boundary and a six of Abhishek’s bowling in the 18th and 20th overs. Kamal, the most disciplined bowler of CCB, got the 2nd wicket when Dharam tried to hit him over mid-wicket. Instead, it went straight into the lap of long on. Dharam scored 64 of 78 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes. CCB's hope of a comeback were ignited when Rezwan hit one straight to cover fielder in the next over. Two new batsmen, Jay and Zubin, started to rebuild the innings. They hit occasional boundaries and ran singles and doubles and tried to take the game deep. By the second drinks break, LCC were comfortable at 123/3 in 28 overs, but probably they would have liked a little more. They also knew that if they keep wickets in hand, they can accelerate in last 10 overs.

The acceleration happened in the last 9 overs. After few quiet overs after the 2nd drinks break, Jay lifted Jimmi for a six over long-on in the 32nd over. It was not very well timed, but the power in the shot carried the ball over long-on’s head. Zubin hit Kamal for a boundary and the next over he hit Venky for a six before a mistimed pull shot found short midwicket. Zubin scored a well made 33 of 39 balls with 1 four and 2 sixes. Zubin and Jay’s partnership ensured LCC will post an above par score. Bodha joined Jay but he didn’t last long as he got runout taking a quick single. Manoj joined Jay and they didn’t slow down. Jay was getting more and more aggressive and hitting towering sixes. He hit Venky and Preetham for two monstrous sixes and then hit Kanag for two sixes in the 39th over. Another boundary in the last over by Jay before he got out trying to get back to strike in the 3rd ball of the last over. Jay made an aggressive 66 of 55 balls with 2 fours and 6 huge sixes. LCC finished their innings with 221 on board. In the last 9 overs, LCC scored 88 runs and made sure CCB will have lot of pressure chasing this big score in the final.

CCB started the chase with Preetham and Manjeet. They started well against LCC’s new ball bowlers Dhiren and Manoj. Some wayward bowling and good hitting by the openers, CCB racked up 35 runs in the first 6 overs. Thinking that the CCB batsmen liking the pace of the bowlers, LCC captain Dharam brought Raj into the attack in the 7th over. And, Raj struck immediately. He induced a false shot from the dangerous looking Preetham who was well caught by Jay running from mid-on. In the same over, Raj got the other opener Manjeet by a brilliant caught and bowled. The two new batsmen, Kamal and Venky started to rebuild but runs were not coming that easily now as both Raj and Jay bowled with great accuracy. The next 6 overs yielded just 16 runs and the pressure of the required run rate started to build. Raj got the third break through when Venky, trying to steer one leg cutter towards third-man, found Bodha in the slip. The umpires called for drinks at that time and LCC were very happy after getting three important top order wickets for just 51 runs in 12.1 overs.

After the break, Kamal and Satyam started to stabilize the chase. They knew if LCC got one more wicket, the game would be over for them. They played cautiously but did not lose any opportunity to score boundaries. They took CCB till the 2nd drinks break without losing any more wickets. CCB were still in the game as they needed 108 from the last 14 overs. LCC knew the wickets will be coming as the RRR was almost 7.5 and CCB batsmen will take some chances at some time soon.

The 4th wicket came immediately after the drinks break as Kamal got stumped by Sakthi of Bhavya’s bowling when he tried to heave one over midwicket. He got unbalanced and in no time Sakthi whipped off the bails. That is the breakthrough needed for LCC to tighten the screws on CCB. Harsha came in next and after hitting a six, he got out too of Bhavya’s bowling well caught by Bodha. Jay got Rajesh next by a well-directed bouncer caught by Raj. Abhishek got run out next after Jay dropped a catch but was aware enough to throw the ball at the right end to run Abhishek out. Satyam was the lone warrior in CCB’s chase and even though he completed his half-century, he was reading the fate of this game by that time. Satyam finally got out in the 35th over when he tried to reverse paddle Dhiren and got bowled. Bhavya and Dhiren bowled beautifully for the next few overs and didn’t give any opportunity for CCB’s lower order batsmen to clear the boundaries. CCB’s innings was finally folded in the 40th over for 171 runs. LCC won the game by 50 runs and became the only team to win six premier championships in CCL history.

Man of the Match: Jay Pathak was declared MoM for his superb batting effort of 66 of 55 (2x4 and 6x6) and taking a wicket to help LCC win the 6th Premier Championship.

Scorecard: See LCC Vs CCB Premier Final Scorecard

Match video: See LCC Vs CCB Premier Final Match Video

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RCC @ FRCC: Premier – 10am Sunday October 21, 2018 at Lower Garden Acres, Longmont - Reported by Shrishailesh Chari(FRCC)

The game started with RCC winning the toss and electing to bat first. Vikesh and Akhilesh opened for RCC but both did not last long as both were dismissed by Subhashish in his first over with Akhilesh departing for a golden duck clean bowled while Vikesh got out for 2(8) caught by Gandhar at mid off as he misqueued a pull shot. Next in Manikantan played very well as he anchored the RCC innings scoring 34(57). His partner Archit although played 33 balls, he did not look comfortable and he got two lives before being dismissed by Kalyan being caught by the keeper Girish for 3(33). Next up Pranay built a good partnership with Manikantan hitting a few bit shots before being dismissed trapped in front of the stumps by Subhashish for 15(27). Benjamin joined Manikantan as he played some big shots scoring an unbeaten 28(32). Manikantan lost his wicket edging a hook shot off Subhashish to the keeper Girish. Next in Satish did not last long as he was run out by Rahul either a direct hit for 0(6). Abhijit came in next and stuck around for a bit before hitting a cover drive uppishly straight to Kalyan at short cover off Sanket's bowling for 5(23). With RCC playing with 9 players next in Vikrant was the last wicket as he was caught by Rajesh off a sharp catch at gully for a duck off Shrishailesh's bowling to end RCC's innings at 121 all out off 32 overs. For FRCC, Subhashish was the best bowler with figures of 7-2-12-4 while Sanket, Kalyan and Shrishailesh took 1 wicket each. Shivraj was unfortunate to not pick a wicket although he bowled beautifully.

In the chase, Sumeet and Vivek came in and started well scoring briskly to build a 50+ run partnership with both players hitting some pretty shots. But Sumeet in an attempt to score big got out for 23(34) off Archit's bowling as he top edged a slog to be caught by Benjamin at long off. Vivek got out the very next ball as he poked his bat at a wide delivery to top edge it to Satish for a well made 31(19). Subhashish and Gandhar coming in next looked confident but did not last long with Subhashish departing first being run out by Pranay for 5(8) while Gandhar inside edged a drive onto his stumps off Vikrant for 6(14). This was the last wicket as Rajesh and Kalyan played beautifully and sensibly to chase the total down in 21.4 overs with Rajesh unbeaten for 23(25) while Kalyan was unbeaten on 16(32). For RCC, Archit picked 2 wickets while Vikrant took 1.

Man of the Match: Subhashish Dash for his brilliant bowling performance of 7-2-12-4.

Scorecard: See RCC vs FRCC Premier 3rd Place Game Scorecard

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BCC @ DDCC: Twenty20 – 11:00am Saturday October 20, 2018 at Green Valley Ranch Ground, Denver - Reported by Surendar Reddy Lakkadi(DDCC)

On Oct Sat 20th, DDCC hosted BCC at the Green Valley Ranch Ground in Denver for the 2018 T20 Div2 finals. It was a beautiful sunny day to play a perfect cricket match. DDCC won the toss and elected to bat straight away.

Naresh and Kranthi opened the batting for DDCC whereas Benjamin shared the new ball with Satya. It was perfect start for DDCC openers as Naresh started the innings with first ball boundary slashing Ben over point. Both the openers had a steady and cautious start and hit the bad balls for boundaries. Meanwhile Satya bowled tight 2 overs for just 1 run. DDCC batsmen started to take on other bowlers and ensured the run rate was over 6. Naresh got out for a well-made 35 runs when the team score was 61 at the end of 9th over. Venky joined Kranthi and started to score right away. Meanwhile Kranthi got retired hurt for well-made 35 run a ball at end of 14th over. On the other hand, BCC bowlers bowled enough dot balls to ensure DDCC batsmen were not flying off with a big run rate. So, the time came for the DDCC big hitters to post a big score. Madhav walked in and Venky started to take on the bowlers with couple of sixers. Unfortunately, Madhav got runout at the end of 16th over and in came Surender (Suri D). With no second thoughts Suri D started hitting boundary from ball one and he took BCC’s best bowler of the day Satya for 15 runs of his last over. In the process of accelerating the innings, Venky got out in 18th over for quick 33 runs of 21 balls with 2 sixers. Then Kangesh walked in to join Suri D and it was a perfect setting for both the hitters. Kangesh hit Shinu for couple of sixers and a four in 19th over which produced 22 runs. Suri D took his turn for last over and hit 2 huge sixers and cashed in the last over with 18 runs.

Last 2 overs of batting produced 40 runs which made DDCC to post a mammoth 185 runs for loss of 3 wickets. Suri D scored 34 runs of 14 balls with 3 sixers and Kangesh scored 22 runs of 8 balls with 2 sixers. For BCC, Satya and Jimmy shared a wicket each.

With huge target to chase down, Ben and Jackson started the BCC’s chase. Surender Lakkadi (Suri L) started with the new ball for DDCC and bang on target he landed perfect in swinger to remove Ben in first over. Sathya walked in to join Jackson and Kangesh shared the new ball with Suri L for DDCC. Kangesh bowled with good pace to maintain the pressure created by Suri L. BCC batsmen struggled to score runs and started to swing their bats which allowed Kangesh to break through Satya’s defense to take his wicket.

Meanwhile Suri L on the other end took the wicket of Om with surprise short ball. DDCC new ball pair finished their spell with stunning figures of 6 overs 10 runs and 3 wickets. Now it was time for the 2 leg spinners to continue the chaos, Venky started to flight the ball with massive leg spin which produced wickets right away. He took wicket each of his next 2 overs which put a brake to BCC’s chase. Meanwhile Jimmy and Yogesh had a little partnership going for BCC which ended when Jimmy got out off a quick stumping by Srujan from the bowling of Venky. After that the BCC’s chase stumbled and there were 3 run outs. Umesh was the 12th man and he ensured his contribution to the team with fantastic 2 direct hits from point region. Finally, Venky ended the innings with his 4th wicket of the day. BCC were all-out for 58 runs with Yogesh top scoring 20 runs. DDCC won the game with huge margin of 127 runs.

Overall the game was played in good spirit and DDCC ended their Rookie season with Div 2 championship!!!

Man of the Match: Venkatesh Sirangu for his all-round performance of 31 runs with bat and 4 wickets with the ball.

Scorecard: See DDCC vs BCC Scorecard.

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