HAWKS 101, BASHERS 97: At Layton, the Bashers captain won the toss and elected to filed first which was no surprise considering the pitch and weather conditions. Basher’s bowlers were pretty disciplined, and gave a good start to the team claiming 3 wickets in quick succession after about 15 runs.
Later Varun and KC held on to the wicket and started to accumulate runs slowly. Bashers turned the tide after 12-over break and got quick couple of wickets. Some terrific blows at the end from Ashish, who scored a game-high 32, helped the Hawks to 101 runs on 25 overs.
Bashers came into bat and had a similar start to the Hawks, plagued by a slow run rate and wickets. Diwakar claimed the first wicket while the next three were claimed by Vish (he led the team with four). Rohit scored a cautious 17 until his innings were ended with a spectacular catch by Niladri, leaving the score at 42.
Sheron came in and blasted 28 — a team high — in no time. It was looking great for Bashers until Sheron and Swadesh got out at the score of 75 in the same over to KC. Towards the end, Bashers required another 15 runs from the last 4 overs with 3 wickets in hand. Some responsible bowling at the end by Ahfaaz and Ashish took the team to a victory by 4 runs.
SABERCATS 187, LIONS 136: At Salt Lake City, Lions captain won the toss invited the Sabercats to bat first. The cool-tempered Shazad and aggressive Jagdev gave the Sabercats a very stellar start, putting them on pace for 200 runs. However, as soon the Lions captain brought in Hamza he took the wicket of Shazad, giving the Lions the break they were looking for. The ‘Cats loss two more batsmen to the quick pace of Hamza.
However, Saeed Ahmed came into bat, and stabilized the inning by scoring 71 runs (match high). Jagdev ended up with 41, and Shazad added 36.
The Lions’ inning started very good, runs were coming easily from the steady hands of Hamza and Ali until Maxwell Atkinson of Saber Cats came to bowl, as he quickly took the first wicket. After that, the Saber Cats bowlers never allowed the Lions batsmen to get comfortable on the crease. Raza led the Lions with 37 runs with five 6s and 1 four.
Standings W L
Vincent Hawks 2 0
Layton Bashers 1 1
SLC Sabrecats 1 1
Beehive Cricket Club 0 1
Utah Lions 0 1
Sunday May 12
Bashers at Beehive, at 11th Avenue Park, Salt Lake City
Lions vs. Hawks, at Woodward Park, Layton
Thanks to Krishna Chaitanya for this report.