2016 CTCL - T20 Weekly Report - Wk5
Author: Benjamin George
Date submitted: Aug 15, 2016
2016 CTCL - T20 Weekly Report - Wk5
Buffs Vs Scorpions
Going to sleep at 3 am and waking up really early in the morning even before the alarm went off was an indication of how pumped up the buffs were for their match on Sunday. Taking the bus at 5 am from Boulder to that “Denver” ground was not an easy task. However, fueled by Starbucks coffee, muffins and bananas, the buffaloes hit the field with strong dedication and motivation which was quite evident during their match against the table toppers -- Scorpions!
The toss was won by Scorpions, and they elected to field first.
Due to the early morning start of the match, the pitch was wet and slippery. However, it didn’t help the Scorpions’ pacers get any kind of swing as they had hoped for. Rohit and Sumeet continuing the display of their batting skills provided a strong start for Buffs. Buffs’ favorite opener, Rohit (22), who is known for his aggressive batting style showed no regard to the fact that he was playing his first match at a new ground. He hit 2 sixes and one boundary and then was caught behind off a thin edge. Breaking the pattern of following his partner to the pavilion, Sumeet (31) managed to stay on the crease for a few more overs before he was caught on the boundary by Vikram. Buffs again suffered from their infamous middle order collapse as Subhashish, Samrat and Vivek were sent back to the pavilion (I don’t know why I keep saying the word “pavilion”... no such thing exists here ) after being dismissed cheaply. Buffs were 70 for 5 in 14 overs when the inning was revived by all-rounders Ranga and Shivraj. They collected 38 runs in the last five overs and helped Buffs reach a respectable total of 108.
In the second inning, things didn’t start off well for the Scorpions as Buffs’ favorite bowler, Rohit, removed the opening pair in the third over. Rohit was supported by his partner, Sumeet, in the bowling department too as he kept things tight from the other end. Sumeet took the most crucial wicket of Vikram who was caught into the safe hands of Shivraj at the square leg boundary. Backed by some brilliant fielding, Buffs managed to dominate in the first eight overs. However things took a bit of turn when Rohit and Sumeet had to leave for their RMSG games. Shivraj who became victim of the shoddy pitch twisted his ankle while delivering his first ball. The Buffs were reduced to only nine players and an injured strike bowler. Atif (28) and Mantha (21) tried their best to take advantage of the situation. Even though, they did a decent job rebuilding the Scorpions inning, they couldn't lead their team to victory as despite playing with only nine players, the intensity shown by the fielders didn’t let the batsmen get their way. After Atif and Mantha got out to Kaushik and Rang’s bowling who took two wickets each, rest of the batting department couldn’t make a difference as the tail-enders had no armor against Subhashish’s lethal yorkers. The Scorpions were all out in the 19th over as Buffs climbed up to the top.
Ranga was declared man of the match for his excellent 20* runs and 2 wickets.
Denver Stars Vs Denver Dangers
Denver Dangers won the toss and chose to bat first.
Denver stars bowled good lines and lengths. Denver dangers lost wickets in regular intervals and scored 58 losing all the wickets in 17.4 overs. Ravikiran top scored for DD with 15 runs which included 2 massive sixes.
Chasing 59 Denver stars started their innings with a good partnership of 28 runs securing a good chase. Denver stars lost a few wickets in the course of finishing the game early. Denver stars chased target in 10.5 overs losing 5 wickets.
Karun was awarded man of the match for his bowling performance.
Jaguars Vs Eagles
Jagurs won the toss and elected to bat first. Shanthi and Amol started off cautiously for the Jaguars and put together a 19 run partnership for the first wicket. Amol went after the bad balls and kept the score ticking. After Shanthi was out cheaply, Nikhil came in and played some measured shots above the infield. The duo took the score to above 40 after 10 overs. Amol was caught behind trying to accelerate the runs but Nikhil continued on his way to make 39 off 32 balls. The eagles bowlers came back to restrict the Jaguars from cutting lose and scoring big. Arpit was the only other Jaguars batsmen who got in to double digits; all others perished with paltry scores. Jaguars completed their 1st inning with a decent score of 98 runs.
Eagles started off well with Gopal and Mehul. However, they could not keep up the momentum when Mehul was caught brilliantly by Kavish off of Shanthi in the 3rd over. Kuldeep had Anil and Satya caught on consecutive deliveries in the 4th over and suddenly the Eagles looked to be in trouble. Srinivasan added 10 more runs but the others kept walking back to the dug-out. Kavish bowled a brilliant spell with first 2 overs as maiden and took a wicket in his 3rd over, giving away only 2 runs in the form of wides. Ravi claimed the wickets of Shravan and Srinivasan while Amit got Satya caught at long on. Vivek and Pranay showed tremendous grit and determination to just stay at the pitch and stood their ground for more than 8 overs, thereby frustrating the Jaguars. Finally, the Eagle’s innings ended 45 runs short of the target.
MoM: Nikhil Shetty & Kavish Patel.
Indian Hawks Vs Challengers
This is one of the epic comeback match happened in Colorado league.
Challenger cricket club won the toss on sunny afternoon and decided to bowl first and started bowling remarkably well by claiming first 7 wickets for just 22. At that point it looked like all over for Indian hawks still this happened, Rohit (51) and Satish(33) batted extremely well with some extraordinary stroke play and made a partnership of 79 runs for 8th wicket to help Indian Hawks make 111/10 in 19.2 overs.
Indian Hawks bowlers inspired from there batting performance started very aggressively and took top order wickets very early into the innings. Varun and shiva from CCC fought in the middle which went in vain and CCC got all out scoring 82 in 19.2 overs. Satish from Indian Hawks bowled great spell by claiming 3 crucial wickets just for 5 runs in 4 overs.
ROHIT from Indian Hawks is awarded MAN OF THE MATCH for his aggressive 51 runs from 31 balls under pressure.
CSU Rams VS KCC
After their impressive last over victory against the Cheetahs, CSU Rams were looking to consolidate their position with a victory over the winless KCC. On a windy and rainy afternoon in Longmont, KCC won the toss and chose to put Rams in first.
Ravi and Rahul got the Rams to an ideal start not losing wickets with Rahul getting two bites of the cherry, lucky to stay on the pitch after being dropped on the second ball of the innings. But he took advantage of his lives and grew stronger as the game went by to score briskly. Ravi got unlucky not being able to recover due to a slip after having been sent back by Rahul. Sagar Bijjam was sent in and he and Rahul had a brilliant, fast paced partnership of 53. Sagar and Rahul both were finding boundaries and even clearing them at regular intervals as they both reached to scores of 30+ before Rahul gave away his wicket trying to go for more runs. After this wickets, Rams seemed to implode as there was no considerable partnership as they tottered to a score of 122 without even completing their quota of 20 overs. Rahul scored the innings high 38 with Sagar not far off scoring 35 with 3 sixes to his credit. Tejas from the KCC point of view took 4 wickets while Ramesh took 2.
KCC got off to a slow start as the rain was making the conditions very difficult as it was graced by the presence of wind, a strong one at that. Rams only goal was to complete the first 10 overs as quickly as possible and they did so in lightning speed but also made sure they did not give away runs while doing so, so as to stay ahead of run rate and win by D/L method if rain interrupted play. They gave away just 34 runs in the first 10 overs while picking up two crucial wickets. And just like Rams innings, KCC too imploded amongst themselves after the fall of their 3rd wicket, falling short of the target by 62 massive runs. Deepak was the second highest scorer for KCC with 10 with wides (12) being the highest. Sridhar Chilukuri finished with impressive figures of 4-12 in 3.4 overs.
It was a toss-up between Sridhar and Sagar for the man of the match and Sagar was adjudged the Man of the match because of his blazing performance in tough conditions for batting. It was an easy victory for Rams but with the positives of everyone getting in form for the next week’s crucial game against the table toppers Scorpions.
Patriots VS Immortals
Match started around 3.45 PM.Immortals won the toss and elected to field first. Patriots scored 83 and Immortals chased it in 19.4 overs.
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