In a battle of the Intermountain Cricket League’s top Utah teams the Salt Lake County Sabrecats held on to defeat the Vincent Hawks 163-157 on Sunday at 11th Avenue Park in Salt Lake City.
Hawks captain KC won the toss and invited the Sabrecats to bat first. Right from the get-go the Hawks were displaying very smart and excellent bowling skills. Very early stage of the match, they took the wicket of Shazad Ahemed who was looking very comfortable out on the crease. After losing the valuable wicket of Shazad, Arun Salimath assumed the batting responsibility and kept the scoreboard moving, he added 40 runs to Sabrecats’s total. Maxwell Atkinson added a match-high 53 runs to help his team to a very respectable 163 runs.
Vincent started its batting with the confidence and was cruising through comfortably by nibbling on Sabrecats total. That Rishi added a team-high 51 runs and at one point it appeared as if the Hawks will easily reach the total because they had 93 runs for no loss in 12 overs.
The Sabrecats captain Nasir Khan desperately tried all of the bowling options at his dispense without any success, until he brought in Abhishak Bhati. The left-armed spinner took the much-needed wicket of the Hawks opening batsman Vinu, who was scoring comfortably against the Sabecats bowling attack.
This was the break Sabrecats was looking for. After the fall of the first wicket, the Sabrecats regain the momentum and the control of the match.
“We enjoy playing the Hawks, who always gives us the run for our money,” Kahn said. “Our matches always ends up on a positive note regardless of who wins the game.”
The Sabrecats bowling squad was lead by Saeed Ahmed who took three wickets, Abhishak Bhatia victimized two batsman, Mandar bowled five thunderous overs took two wickets. Arun Salimath exhibited an all-round performance with both bat and the ball.
Intermountain Cricket League Standings
Team W L
Boise 2 0
SLC Sabrecats 12 4
Vincent Hawks 9 4
Utah Lions 9 7
Layton Bashers 1 5
Las Vegas 0 1
Utah State 0 1