NY Mayor's Cup
Commonwealth Cricket League
Ernst And Young Register First Win Of The Season
June 13th and 14th, 2009
(Summaries of other games below)
Rain soaked field from overnight; Unfortunately, American cricket is still far from leveraging Australian technology - laying down steam pipes under the field. So for now, players would have to deal with 'dirty linen' and above all, a low bouncing pitch.
The toss was won by the Panthers who chose to bat first on a damp pitch. E&Y's bowling attack was led by Ankit and Aneesh. The ball maintained mostly a 'tow level' bounce in the initial overs. Ankit got the first wicket with a caught behind. Ali, the opening batsman and captain of Panthers CC, continued on. Eighth over into the game, E&Y brought in a left arm and right arm spin combo. Jay, the left arm spinner, got the off-stump of Ali with a top spinner in his very first over. Jay bowled a tight line and pressurized the batsmen. Jawad, the off spinner, exploited this and got the wickets at the other end.
For the Panthers, Waheed anchored at one end and helped them reach 90/9. Batsman number 11 came in and played a standout innings, scoring a quick 30. That pushed the Panthers score to 126/10.
Jawad Khan finished with 4/23 and Jay Surti with 2/27.
E&Y openers Niramay and Sahil, walked in apprehensive about the pitch. Niramay got out early, scoring only 4. Jawad Khan, one down, came in and shared a 60 run partnership with Sahil. The game got interesting soon after Sahil fell for 32, with the score at 77/2. With the partnership broken, the Panthers bowling got a momentum going. What followed was a cat and mouse game. E&Y began losing wickets at regular intervals and the Panthers kept closing in on E&Y only to spread out occasionally – courtesy to a couple of boundaries and a huge six by Ankit over long on; the ball landed over 20 meters away from the markers.
The score was 110/8 at the end of the 20th over. With 17 runs to defend in 10 overs, Panthers hoped to get the tail end within the next few overs. However, Jawad Khan held fort, toiled to reach his half century and helped E&Y ring in their first victory for the season. An on-field E&Y hoopla, followed soon after.
Panthers bowling highlights were Ali and Babar. The two bowled well, keeping it under four an over and getting two wickets each.
performance was the highlight of the game - a 4/23 wicket haul,
and a well deserved half century.
After winning the toss, the hosting team, Pak Stallions, elected to bat first. However, they were immediately put on the back-foot by Chirag of Woodside Willows by taking three wickets in his first three overs: Pak Stallions had scored 33 for 3 wickets at the end of 6 overs helped by wides and edges flying past the keeper and slip fielder. The change up bowlers, Abhishek, Vipul and Kushagra for Woodside Willows kept the pressure on by bowling good line and length and kept chipping away with wickets at regular intervals. The outfield, which left a lot to be desired for, didn't help the Pak Stallions either with thick grass preventing couple of nicely timed shots from going to the boundary.
At the end of 20 overs, Woodside Willows had Pak Stallions at 88 for 5 and would have fancied to restrict them to a total of around 125 odd. However, that is when opening batsman Irfan, who had thus far scored 31 off 53 deliveries opened up. In the next 35 or so deliveries that he faced, he scored a mind boggling 80 runs with seven 6's and good running between the wicket to end up with 111 not out. He did ride his luck though as there was a dropped catch, streaky edges and couple of run-out chances that were missed early on during his innings. Pak Stallions picked up 23 runs off the 21st over and 25 runs off the final over to finish with a very competitive score of 172 for 9 at the end of 30 overs. Irfan's dominance overshadowed the fact that none of the other Pak Stallions' batsmen were able to cross double digits. For Woodside Willows, Chirag finished with 3 wickets for 14 runs, Kushagra took 2 for 23 and Vipul ended up with 2 for 22.
With the asking rate of close to 6 runs per over to chase, Woodside Willows had their task cut out but backed themselves to achieve the target. Things started off pretty well for them as they scored 31 for no loss off of the first 6 overs with as many as 16 wides, 14 of them bowled by Mazar. Aziz, the captain of Pak Stallions and also opening bowler, took himself out of the attack and brought in Rizwan who immediately responded with a wicket in his first over. The second change up bowler, Asif, who started off with 3 wides, also struck two blows in his very first over. Rizwan took two more wickets in his next two overs and left the Woodside Willows reeling at 45 for 5 after 11 overs. By this time, it had also started raining and almost looked like it would bring the game to a halt. This wasn't the case however and the game continued as the rain slowed down and eventually cleared out.
Kushagra and Neel steadied the ship for Woodside Willows a little bit by combining solid defense with good running between the wickets. However, Neel perished soon by an Ansar delivery which went through his defense and bowled him. Kushagra was also bowled after a few deliveries by Akram. Kaushik, the captain of Woodside Willows, struck couple of meaty blows in an entertaining knock of 14, which also happened to be the highest score of the innings. Woodside Willows were bundled out for 86. Kushagra and Sean scored 13 runs each. For Pak Stallions, Rizwan took 3 wickets for 12 while Asif, Akram and Ansar took 2 wickets each.
Although both team were very aggressive with their body language and chatters on the field, at the end of the game, it was nice to see all the players shaking hands, sharing a laugh or two and wishing each other good luck for the rest of the season.
Win A Thriller
their innings slowly but held their wickets and took singles, at
10 overs they were 38 runs and shortly after lost 2 quick wickets. They
kept the score ticking and the game close. Bachan spin bowler,
Buddy Ramsewak took 4 wickets but his spell was over and the game
came to the last over where Melbourne needed 7 runs. Romey
Somai who hasn't bowled in the match was given the ball and with
the last wicket in for Melbourne and the first ball off Romey's
hand, it was hit in the air to the safe hands of Wajid. Bachan
pulled off a good win that was in the hands of Melbourne.
Stallions vs Woodside Willows at Cunningham Park
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Stallions vs Woodside Willows at Cunningham Park
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C.C vs Ernst & Young at VCP 3
CC vs Worldwide at VCP 2
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