Redmond Colts debuts T20 tournament with a comfortable win over another debutant Rainer Adventurers
While driving to the ground we never believed a game could be played today. However, when we reached there, the stumps were setup, the boundaries were marked and the opposition was ready to give it a go. All 22 players walked over to the middle, bowlers checked the runup, keeper checked his standing position and finally everyone agreed that with only 5 games in our division, we definitely should give this a try.
Rainier won the toss and chose to bowl. Due to the wet conditions the Rainier bowlers were a bit wayward and the Colts openers (Vinay and Rakesh) ran at every opportunity for a run. They put a very good 47 run opening partnership in just 6.2 overs before Rakesh fell LBW. In walked Bharat, intent on changing the perception of being a slow scoring batsman from last year. Vinay and Bharat were scored at a brisk pace and put up 33 runs in just 3 overs before Vinay fell for a well made 27. Despite scoring 84 in the first 10 overs, the scoring slowed down in the second half due to a wet soft ball and a better line by the bowlers. After some crazy running by Sukhan, Rahul and Amit the Redmond Colts ended up with a score of 150 in 20 overs.
Rainier must have felt that this was a chaseable score in the Tukwila ground and started in a positive fashion scoring 7 runs in the first over. However, the first ball of the second over by Prem stuck middle stump and set the precedent for more bowlers to follow. Rainier was alternating between attack and defense while ambling along to 35 for 3 in 7 overs against some accurate bowling by Colts. However the wheels came off for the chase as Rainier lost 3 wickets in the 8th over of the innings by Sukhan. From there on the Rainier team seemed to just try and play out the overs. Eventually they finished with 83 for 9 in 20 overs with the last pair showing some excellent batting skills and managing to play out the final 3 and half overs.
All in all it was a wonderful game of cricket, played in horrendous conditions. I would like to appreciate the spirit shown by the 22 players and the umpire in enduring the rain and playing the game as best as possible while avoiding injuries.