Intermountain Cricket League Week 4: Hawks win; rain forces draw in Layton

HAWKS 121, SABRECATS 120: At Salt Lake City, Hawks captain KC won the toss and elected to field first. The Sabercats got a very good start from Shahid and Shazad with an opening partnership of about 40 runs. Hawks got the first wicket, and then a quick run out put the Sabercats in the back foot. Hawks bowlers (Vish, Ahfaaz, Venu, Hari, Ashish) were consistent and bowled good line throughout the innings. In the end, Salt Lake County scored a total of 120/6 in 20 overs.

The opening pair (Diwakar and KC) got Hawks to a flying start scoring 40 in the first three overs. The first bowling change (Shahid) by Sabercats worked and got the wicket of KC. Later, Diwakar and Niladri nicely guided the run chase before Diwakar got stumped. There were a few tight overs in between by Maxwell, but at the end Hawks won the game by eight wickets.

LIONS AND BASHERS DRAW: At Layton, on a grim cloudy day, Utah Lions took on Layton Bashers for the first time. Due to the overnight rain, match started in the afternoon with overs reduced to 20 overs each side. Rohit Pathak from Bashers won the toss and put Omar Alam’s Lions into bat on a soggy, damp pitch. Lions started off well, but kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The Bashers’ bowling was led by Rohit, who took four wickets. He was well supported by Dayaker and Kartick who took two wickets each. Even with the flurry of wickets, Lions maintained a good run rate and cantered to 115 on bowler-friendly conditions. For Lions, Umair Munawar and Aslam Cheema were the top scorers with 17 and 15 runs, respectively. They were well supported by some late hitting by Harris Zia, Raza Hassan and Usman Shahzad.

Bashers came on to bat and yet again Maulesh got them to a flying start. He scored a quick 23 to put Bashers into a commanding position. However, Lions pacer Usman Shahzad kept a good line, and — with two superb catches — Utsab Carkeyy brought Lions back in the game. John scored 22, showing his consistent form until he was dismissed by the Lions’ Hasan Zaidi. Just when the game was evenly poised for an epic finish, heavy rain disrupted the proceeding and the game was called off. Bashers required another 35 runs to win in 5.5 overs, Sheron was not out at 20 batting with Rohit on 2.

The match was abandoned with each team earning a point.

Standings                    W    D    L     Points
Vincent Hawks               4    0    0           8
Layton Bashers              1    1    1           3
SLC Sabrecats              1     0    2           2
Utah Lions                      0    1     2          1
Beehive Cricket Club    0     0    1           0

Week 5
Sunday May 26

No games this week

Thanks to Krishna Chaitanya for this report.

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