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T20 WGCC vs CLCC April 1st, 2017 at Lakhany

posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:05 AM by Mayur Choudhary   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 8:06 AM ]
WGCC was coming off of a disappointing home loss against CL and was ready to play a double header in Charlotte against CLCC and GCCC. These two games were important for WGCC to solidify playoff positioning and possibly clinch a top 8 seed to host a home playoff game. Wet outfield and clear sunny skies with awesome weather of 70F, CLCC won the toss and decided to bat first in the hopes of neutralizing WGCC's pace attack. Biv and Sagar started the bowling for WGCC and Biv struck on the second ball of the innings when a brilliant line and length caught Abhi out of options but to nudge it straight to Mayur at first slip. Kirtan came in and hit a few quick blows while Krunal on the other hand was not able to cut loose with impeccable line and length from the opening bowlers. Sagar was rewarded with his discipline when he destroyed the off stump of Kirtan, stunning the CLCC dug out. Krunal soon succumbed to a similar fate off Sagar. CLCC was reeling at 31/3 to start the innings and the middle order couldnt score freely with Amar, Mayur and Prashant keeping a tight line and length. The ground fielding was great and we had 3 run outs in the game. As usual, there were few easy catching opportunities missed but luckily it did not hurt us. CLCC was only able to put up 81 runs in 19 odd overs and knew it was a big task ahead of them to keep this game close. 

Going into batting, we knew CLCC will fight till the end as they always does. Fortunately, we had two experienced openers in Amar and Mayur that started the task of chasing down a tricky total. There are times when we can chase these totals down in 8 odd overs (see WTCC game) and there are times when a solid opening partnership is needed to make sure there are no hiccups to be had against a strong side such as CLCC. Amar and Mayur gave that solid foundation neutralizing CLCC's pace bowlers. Amar got out to an ill-timed sweep attempt to Kirtan. Dipen joined Mayur in the chase and in next few overs, Mayur demolished their spin attack with some brilliantly timed shots. Dipen played around on the other hand stealing doubles and odd boundaries. With only 1 run needed, Mayur got out on 47, missing out on a well deserved 50 but more importantly, taking WGCC home and continuing his great form. In the end, WGCC secured a huge victory by 8 wickets in 12 odd overs and in the process of doing that, they had bounced back big time after a let down on the previous weekend. Kudos to CLCC for fighting till the end and I am sure we will see them again down the road in playoffs.

Major take aways from the game:
- Great comeback by the bowlers by only giving up 81 runs and hardly giving away any lose balls to CLCC.
- Great overall fielding effort but as always there is a room for improvement.
- Finally, as they say, the most important sign of a championship caliber team is how they bounce back from a disappointing performance  and we just did that. It is important to remember that it is a long season and there are always a few hiccups here and there but how we respond to that will ultimately determine the fate of our season.