SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Lions captain Omar Alam won the toss and put the Salt Lake County Sabrecats to bat in the Twenty20 format at 11th Avenue Park on Sunday.
The Sabrecats were able to put a very strong total of 168 thanks to efforts of Jagdev (50 runs), Ishaq (30 runs) and Waqas (24 runs).
Offensively, Lions lost a quick wicket at the beginning of their batting inning with Harris going for a duck but Rohit and Alam tried to keep the Lions in the game by playing responsibly before Rohit was run-out. However, Alam kept going and led his team from the front and played a captain’s inning of 86 runs while wickets kept falling on the other end. Lions were out of the game at one point in time having lost most of their batsmen and in need of 100 runs in only eight overs.
But Alam and Raza’s partnership put some quick runs on the board and brought the Lions back into the game. Lions needed 35 runs in the last two overs and Alam played superbly to bring the match down to four runs on the last ball. Alam couldn’t middle the ball and scored a double instead and Lions lost by one run, 168-167.
Sabrecats’ captain Nasir Kahn called “a splendid inning” by Alam.
He also credited strong bowling by Ishaq Afridi and Maxwell Atkinson to keep the Lions off the scoresheet enough for Salt Lake County to escape with the victory.
“The match was probably the season’s most thrilling thus far,” Khan said.
Adding to loss in the match, the Lions also say goodbye to one of their top bowlers.
“Ahsan Javed, one of the best spinners in the league and the only one to ever get a five-wicket haul in our team, played his last game today and will be leaving to L.A. for his PhD. We will definitely miss him and wish him the best of luck,” Lions captain Omar Alam said.
The Sabrecats followed their victory with loss to the Boise Cricket Club in a 30-over match, completing the rain-shortened Intermountain Cricket League Memorial Day Tournament. Details to come later.