Intermountain Cricket League Week 5: Hawks stay undefeated while Sabrecats move up the table

HAWKS 221, LIONS 144: At Salt Lake City, Lions caption Omar won the toss and put Hawks to bat first. Vipul and KC opened for Hawks. They started cautiously, but Hamza got the first wicket for Lions (from KC) at the team score of 31. Later, Vipul and Diwakar continued their good form and gave a 120 run stand to the team. Vipul scored a game-high of 79 runs while Diwakar scored 47. After the break, Lions captain Omar got their team right back into the game by getting the wickets of both the set batsmen. Some hard hitting by Ashish and Sarath took the team score to 220/8 at the end of 25 overs. Hamza was the pick of the bowlers for Lions claiming two wickets at an economic rate of 4.5 per over. Rest of the wickets for Lions were claimed by Omar (2), Usman (2) and Harris (2).

Chasing a gigantic total of 221, Lions were put under pressure right away by Ahfaaz and Venu. Lions captain Omar got out to Venu and Harris lost his wicket to Ahfaaz at the team score of 18. Later, Ali and Hamza steadied the innings for Lions with a partnership of 65 runs. Both of them scored 29 each for Lions before Ali got out to KC. There were a couple of spectacular catches by Riaz at crucial times of the chase. Vasanth, Riaz and Aakash took the rest of the wickets for Hawks and at the end Hawks won the game comfortably by 77 runs.

SABRECATS 164, BASHERS 131: At Layton, Bashers captain Kapil Soorma won the toss and invited the Sabercats to bat first. The Bashers’ opening bowlers Rohit Pathak and Kapil Soorma bowled very well and kept the Sabercats batsmen on their heels & toes by not allowing the runs and by kept taking the wickets of Salt Lake’s batsmen. The miser bowling spell by Basher’s bowlers only allowed just 44 runs in the first 15 overs, and they took four crucial wickets of the Sabercats top order batsmen. At the early stages it appeared that the Sabercats might not be able to reach 100 runs, until Azhar Khan came to bat, whose sturdy hands not only stabilized the Sabercats trembling inning, but also provided the supported to Arun Salimath who started his inning very aggressively by hitting a huge six only on the second ball he faced. Shortly after that, the aggressive Jagdev Singh, and Ishaq Afridi turned the momentum around by hitting huge sixes. Both of them helped their club by adding quick 66 runs in only three overs, and helped Sabercats muscle in 164 in 25 overs a respectable total on the bowler friendly pitch.

The Bashers inning started in same fashion as the Sabercats, the wickets kept falling at a study pace. Basher’s Maulesh’s wicket fell to Ishaq Afridi, shortly after that the wicket of Rohit fell due to an uneven bounce off of Arun Salimath’s bowl. The middle order batsmen from Bashers started to revive their innings until the second bowling spell of Ishaq Afridi who sent in three lethal yorkers and took three quick wickets. At the end, the Sabercats came out victorious.

SABRECATS LOOKING FOR BOWLERS: The Salt Lake County Cricket Union is looking for a few good bowlers after standing to lose two to business transfers. Those interested can contact team captain Nasir Khan at 801 913-1786 or NasirJKhan@msn.com

Standings                    W    D    L     Points
Vincent Hawks               5    0    0           10
SLC Sabrecats              2     0    2           4
Layton Bashers              1    1    2           3
Utah Lions                      0    1     3          1
Beehive Cricket Club    0     0    1           0

Week 6
(No games on June 9)
Sunday June 16

Lions vs. Sabrecats, at 11th Avenue Park, Salt Lake City
Hawks at Bashers, at Woodward Park, Layton

Thanks to Krishna Chaitanya for this report.

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