SPCCBLUES V SPCCREDS

SPCCBLUES V SPCCREDS

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  • Batting: Shiv - 36(38), Anand - 21(19), Hiren - 13(11) Bowling: Ankit - 1/16, Chetan - 1/26, Harsha - 1/41

It was not the most perfect day for cricket, with dark skies, damp pitch and a flooded outfield. But a dedicated effort by the SPCC led by Subashis made play possible. A delayed toss was won by Blues captain Mayank, who was stepping in for an injured Vihang. Mayank had no doubts in electing to bowl in overcast conditions. A few changes in the Reds lineup also resulted in Anish to open with Shiv in challenging conditions. Anish was the first to go for Reds and Anand and Shiv started to rebuild the innings for reds. Both played some scintillating shots and were able to get boundaries at regular intervals despite the ground conditions. There was no doubt that batting on this ground today was going to be a tough task. Anand was the next man to be caught by Vishnu of the bowling of Ashok. Ashok soon found a good rhythm and bowled Miten soon after who was sent up the order to force the issue. During his brief stay, Miten hit a cracking six. Shiv was out next caught brilliantly by Vishal in the outfield, it was a very well judged running catch in damp outfield. Amit joined Chetan in the middle, two power hitters for reds, who again tried to accelerate but now with the ball being completely wet and out of shape, had a tough time to get going. Amit was out next to a sharp catch by Rohan off Rupesh. Shirshant joined Chetan in the middle but the partnership was soon broken by Rupesh getting Chetan stumped by Mayank. Shirshant was soon runout, courtesy a good outfield effort by Vishnu. Bashir and Hiren then tried to get some quick runs but had a hard time. Harsha hit a six in the slog overs and was the last man out for reds with reds finishing at 132. Blues started with Saurabh and Vishnu, and Reds started with Ankit. The field dried up a little bit with sun coming out as expected and things became easier for the batsman. Reds were given a brilliant start by Ankit who cleaned up Saurabh, a rare failure for him this season, with a superb in swinging slower ball. Mayank walked in next and got a reprieve first ball with a top edge falling short of Miten. That proved to be a crucial mistake. Shiv started the bowling on the other end, and claimed Vishnu's wicket with Hiren again showing excellent dedication in the field and taking a low running catch in the outfield. Blues were 13 for 2 when Rohan walked in to join Mayank. The two combined for a 50 run partnership and Mayank basically took the game away from Reds in one over from Shiv clattering 28 runs. Mayank scored 47 off just 18 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes and was out caught by Miten who took a sharp reflex catch. Rupesh walked in next but was soon snapped up by Harsha, caught behind. Rohan on the other end made steady progress with and teamed up with Neeraj. Rohan got a reprieve in the outfield by Ankit, where as Hiren could not hold on to a brilliant diving effort in the outfield. It was all Rohan/Neeraj from that point on with both batsman literally hitting the Reds bowlers out of the park at will especially with the ground conditions easing off. Blues knocked off the target with in 13 overs and Rohan was adjudged MoM for his superb 52 of 36 and was well supported in the end by Neeraj who scored 20 off 13.

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