Sunday saw both the Sabrecats and the Hawks win to increase their early lead in the Intermountain Cricket League standings.
SABRECATS 167, LIONS 164: At Salt Lake City, the Lions won the toss and elected to bat first. At the beginning it turned out to be the right decision as their opening batsmen Omar Alam and Zaki Murtaza were playing excellent and aggressive cricket. Alam had a match-high 73 runs (two 6s and eight 4s).
“That was pretty much the highlight from the Lions side who had another close but disappointing game,” said Utah Lions teammate Omer Aslam Malik.
A change by the Sabrecats turned things around as Arun Salimath and Maxwell Atkinson was brought into the bowling attack. Atkinson took the wicket of Murtaz, and Salimath took Alam’s wicket.
“After the fall of the second wicket, Lions were not able to with stand the smart bowling by Arun and Max,” said Sabrecats captain Nasir Khan.
Arun took a season high five wickets with only conceding 15 runs in five overs. Max took two wickets, giving up only 19 runs in five overs.
Sabrecats opening batsmen Abishak Bhatia and Shahid Khan started the inning with steadily nibbling away the total until Shahid lost his wicked by accidentally pushing the ball into the stumps. The highlights of Sabrecats inning was, the aggressive cameo by Saeed Ahmed, who scored 43 runs just off of 21 balls — 26 of his runs came in just one over. He hit four sixes and 4 fours.
In the end the Salt Lake County club won the match by five wickets.
VINCENT HAWKS 161, LAYTON BASHERS 142: At Layton, the Hawks batted first and were led by Suresh Kumar, who scored 23 runs, not out. Roy (20 runs), Vinoth (18), Shawn (18) and Pouro (15) also batted well.
Suresh led the Hawks bowlers, claiming five wickets while holding the Bashers to just 20 runs. Krishanya, Pouro, Roy and Anubhav Diwan also claimed wickets.
Layton’s highlights have not been reported yet.
Intermountain Cricket League
Team W L Runs for Runs against
Vincent Hawks 2 0 173.5 160.5
SLC Sabrecats 3 1 161.5 168.3
Boise Cricket Club 0 0 0 0
Las Vegas Express 0 0 0 0
Utah Lions 1 3 175.3 160.3
Layton Bashers 0 2 149.5 174.5
This week’s match
Bashers at SLC Sabrecats, 10:30 a.m.