Intermountain Cricket League opens with the Lions roaring

The Utah Lions show off their new uniforms.

SALT LAKE CITY — The 2012 Intermountain Cricket League season opened Sunday with the Utah Lions topping rival Salt Lake County Sabrecats 205-146.

“The Lions and the Sabrecats have had an intense rivalry the past season and the opener was destined to be a cracker of a game,” said Lions player Omer Aslam Malik.

Winning the toss, the Sabercat captain Nasir Khan invited the Lions to bat first. Utah amassed a hefty 205 in their allotted 25 overs. The Lions had a great opening partnership of 65 runs between Hamza Jamshed (58) and Harris Zia (18). The middle order consistency of Malik (16) , Alam (31) , Rohit (32) and Umair (20) also had strong outings.

Hamza Jamshed, a 15-year old new recruit from Orem High School, had a match-high 58 run innings. His innings included four sixes and two fours.

Needing a big total to win, the Sabrecats lost their openers early before a brief middle order partnership was forming. The new ball spell of Umar Javed and Omar Rehman dazzled the opponents — as both the openers Jagadev and Rahid departed early.

The Lions defense was led by slow bowler Ahsan and Malik, who served as wicketkeeper. He stumped a career-high three players.

The Sabrecats travel to play the Las Vegas Express in a 30-over match on Saturday and a 20-over match Sunday. Here is their traveling XI: Nasir, Abhishek, Arun, Atif, Azhar, Jagdev, Josh Hawley, Kamran, Max, Rahid, Saliman.

“This trip has been a long time coming, and I know that we are all excited to get a good weekend of cricket under our belts,” said Hawley on the Sabrecats website.

Intermountain Cricket League

Team                               W                  L                  Runs for     Runs against
Utah Lions                          1                  0                  205                  146
Boise Cricket Club            0                  0                    0                      0
Las Vegas Express            0                  0                    0                      0
Layton Bashers                  0                  0                   0                       0
Vincent Hawks                  0                  0                    0                      0
SLC Sabercats                  0                  1                  146                  205

Upcoming games

Sabrecats at Las Vegas Express (30 over match)
Lions vs. Hawks, at 11th Avenue Park, Salt Lake City
Sabrecats at Las Vegas Express
April 15
Sabrecats at Bashers



One comment

  1. Utah Lions

    This was a great start to the season – and greater games are expected in the near future. Congratulations to both the teams for an entertaining start !