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T20 WGCC vs CTCC March 12th, 2017 at Weston Park

posted Mar 15, 2017, 7:33 AM by Mayur Choudhary
After a long winter "break" from "cricket", WGCC was looking forward to getting their 2017 season underway, but the possibility of having a match was hampered by grim forecast of cold weather and possibly snow showers on the match day. After much deliberation and frequent research on numerous weather sites, the match timings were finally moved ahead by a couple of hours. CTCC, drove from Charlotte in cold weather  without any "complain" . They were welcomed by nice and bright sunshine at Weston Park, but temperatures were still in 30s, close to freezing temperature. In the presence of umpires from TLCC, toss was held and Amar won the first toss of the season and decided to bat first. There was a clear change in mindset form last year when we preferred to chase as a team. I must say, it is a positive change because you have to be confident about your batting to be able to set an above par target and be able to defend it. WGCC was also excited to have three players play their first game: Velkal, Aditya and Rohit. Welcome guys.

Amar and Mayur started the innings for WGCC and Amar was away from the first ball itself. He scored 2 boundaries off Sreekant in his first over. Mayur on the other hand was cautious in his approach, which was evident from the fact that Amar raced on to 23, and Mayur was on 3. Second over from Sreekant saw two confident shots from Amar: one a boundary over extra cover and a huge six over long leg. Mayur finally started hitting boundaries in the fourth over, bowled by Sai. WGCC was away with a good start , scoring at more than 8 per over. Final over of the powerplay saw WGCC losing Amar caught at point off Sreekant. Rohit walked in all pumped up and ready to score runs. Him and Mayur had a short partnership of 27 runs in which they both ran a lot of doubles and Mayur scored a couple of boundaries. Things were looking good when the much famed spin attack of CTCC claimed Rohit's wicket, courtesy a sharp catch from Sai off Ashok' s bowling. Biv was sent in next to neutralize the spin bowlers with some big hitting from his Jonty bat, but his innings were cut short again by Sai, who took a brilliant catch on the long off boundary. Aditya was the next batsmen and with Mayur he started rebuilding the innings. Mayur on the other end, was going strong. He hit a couple of sixes and fours in quick succession to bring up his first 50 off the season. Thingswere again looking good for WGCC, with score at 97 in 12 overs, when Mayur mistimed a shot and got out against the run of play. With 8-9 overs still to go, it was left to the lower middle order to post a respectable total. A run a ball 30 and a fast paced 20 from Tarun's bat got the final score to 150. I will be remiss if I forget to mention the three doubles taken by Aditya and Arpit in the last over of the innings. Great running and great finish to the first innings. It was a respectable total, if you consider WGCC's bowling attack.

After  a short break CTCC started their pursuit of the total. Mayur opened the innings for WGCC and bowled a tight line to keep Maitrik and Satish form getting to a quick start. Sagar complemented Mayur's first couple of overs with a consistent line and length. Rohit was introduced into the attack next, and he struck gold with his first delivery. He got Satish to play one in the air towards Tarun and he snatched it like a crocodile snatches it prey. Rohit finished a very economical first over. Arpit bowled the final over of the powerplay and he was a bit expensive going for a couple of boundaries in his first over. This allowed CTCC some breathing space. Rohit Kwatra, batsman number 3 from CTCC was in an attacking mode form the get go but it didn't pan out very well for him. After getting a few lucky breaks and streaky boundaries, he was caught by Tarun off Rohit's bowling. Two wickets down and that brought Sai to the crease. Amar realized how important it was to break this partnership as both of the batsmen were really good and were able to play sensible and also accelerate on cue. He tried to get a breakthrough by bringing back Mayur into the attack but he almost provided the much needed chance but WGCC fielders failed to hold on to their catches. Amar brough himself into the attack and was able to get Maitrik's wicket after he had scored a well compiled 45 off 40 balls. Experienced Ashok was the next man to walk in and he played perfect foil to Sai by constantly rotating the strike. Sai on the other hand was playing aggressively.  Amar roped in Sagar to take back control of the chase and he almost dd his job by creating three chances in his over, but none of them were held on by the fielders. Finally the chase was dragged on to the last over in which CTCC neeeded 4 runs. Amar stepped up to bowl but was unable to weave any magic as Sai and Ashok easily scored the runs in singles.

Again catch was the bane to WGCC's cause and caused us the game. Well played CTCC.