Intermountain Cricket League, Week 10: Ishaq Afriidi recordes a century

The Sabrecats' Ishaq Afriidi recorded 110 runs off just 39 ball — not out on Aug. 18.

The Sabrecats’ Ishaq Afriidi recorded 110 runs off just 39 ball — not out on Aug. 18.

While the Vincent Hawks have punched their ticket to the ICL championship game, the race for second has tightened up with.

LAYTON BASHERS 134, VINCENT HAWKS 133: At Layton, Bashers Captain won the toss and not surprisingly elected to field first on the new pitch. Hawks started the innings cautiously, but some very good bowling resulted in the form of quick wickets for Bashers. Hawks lost 3 wickets (Vipul, Sarath and Varun) at the score of 21 in 10 overs. Then KC and Junaid started to accelerate the innings for Hawks with some huge sixes, and KC got out at the team score of 93 to a good running catch from Maulesh at the long on boundary. Then Junaid and Niladri took the Hawks innings to a pretty competitive score of 133 at the end of 25 overs.  At the end of the innings, Junaid scored 49 not out, KC – 34 and Niladri – 21.

Chasing a very good total, Bashers started very aggressively with Maulesh hitting 4 huge sixes over the mid-wicket boundary. Bashers maintained a consistent run-rate thought out the innings, and did not allow the Hawks bowlers to settle. Hawks got the wickets of the openers at the team score of 60-odd runs, and then John and Sheron played sensibly to take the team home. Bashers need to win all their remaining games to qualify for the championship.

SABRECATS 196, BEEHIVE 94: At Salt Lake City, the Sabercats, playing their first game after Ramadan, won the toss and elected to bat first. Right from the start both of the Beehives opening bowlers displayed some quick and discipline bowling. As a result their pace bowler Fawad Rana took the wicket of Shahzad in his second over, shortly after that, second batsman fell victim to a swinging ball of Fawad as well. After the loss of two quick wickets, Arun Salimath of Sabercats came in to stabilize the Sabercats’s trembling inning. He provided a very crucial, good and steady support to other batsmen. He added 32 valuable runs. However, wickets were kept on falling at the other end.

After the completion of ninth over the score was 54 runs with loss of four batsmen. At that stage it appeared as if the Beehives would take down the rest of Sabercats under 100 runs until Ishaq Afriidi came into bat. He started his inning by muscling a four on his very first ball he faced. This was the turning point the Sabercats were looking for. Ishaq ended up scoring unbeaten 110 runs just off of 39 balls, which included a barrage of 10 mammoth sixes, one out of the ground on the leg side and 7 fours, it was the quickest century ever scored in ICL. Ishaq broken his own previous record of 100 off of 46 balls in 2012.

Beehive’s inning started no different than the inning of Sabercats. Both of Sabercats opening bowlers Nasir Khan and Ishaq Aridi started with some sheer pace, both Nasir and Ishaq were swinging the balls both ways. Nasir took the wicket of aggressive Fawad Rana, and Tahir Rana, at one point he was on a hat rick but missed it by one ball. He ended up with three wickets. From the other end Ishaq kept sending in quick lethal yorkers. Likewise, he ended up with three wickets as well. Sabercats were able to contain the Beehives to 94 runs. Azhar Khan, and Maxwell Atkinson ended up with two wickets each.

Standings                    W    D    L     Points
Vincent Hawks               5    0    1           10
SLC Sabrecats              4     0    3           8
Utah Lions                      3    1     3           7
Layton Bashers              3    1     2           7
Beehive Cricket Club    0     0    6           0

Hawks vs. Sabrecats
Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Sept. 2
Labor Day tournament featuring Hawks, Sabrecats, Lions, Bashers and Boise and Las Vegas Cricket Clubs.
Sept. 8
Bashers at Lions

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