Microsoft Cowboys vs. Redmond Knights (Saturday, May 4)
Redmond Knights won the toss and elected to bat first. Things did not start as expected for Cowboys, and Redmond Knights scored 36 off 3.3 overs before one of their openers was retired hurt courtesy to a toe breaking yorker from Srini. They lost their next 3 wickets quickly and the scoreboard stood at 50/3 at the end of 6.2 overs. RK’s put up a 45 run partnership off 31 balls in 23 minutes for the fifth wicket. Since the ground was really small, even shots that were not connected well were going for fours or sixes. It was getting better and better for RK’s as their sixth wicket put up a partnership of 48 in 24 balls. At this time, the scoreboard stood at 143/5 at the end of 15.3 overs. Then Saurabh and Srikanth picked up 2 quick wickets each and RK’s scored 178 all out off 19.3 overs at 9.2 RPO.Chasing a mammoth target off 179 off 20 overs, Avinash and Srikanth came out to bat. Avinash wanted to go after their bowlers and put the pressure on them but unfortunately lost his wicket trying to hit a six. In came Arun and it was game on. Arun showed no sympathy to their bowlers and scored a quick fire 52 runs off just 27 balls managing to hit 2 massive sixes and 7 boundaries before he was run out. The pace at which Arun was going would have ended the match in just 15 overs. Arun and Srikanth put up 71 runs partnership off just 41 balls. Rahul got unlucky and was out for just 2. At this point the scoreboard stood at 90 off 10 overs. Soon Srikanth was out in 13th over scoring 31 runs. Srini and Saurabh were at the crease now. Cowboys needed another 74 runs off 46 balls with 6 wickets left. Saurabh and Srini put up 27 runs partnership before Saurabh was caught at mid off. Cowboys still needed 47 runs to win off 28 balls with 5 wickets remaining. Srini and Deepak together scored 50 runs off just 22 balls. Srini was unbeaten on 44* hitting 4 sixes and 2 fours and Deepak was unbeaten on 22 off just 10 balls hitting 2 sixes and 1 four. Deepak ended the match in style hitting a big six over covers. Cowboys won the match comfortably winning the match with 6 balls spare. It was a BIG SHOCK for RK’s who thought they had won the match comfortably. Great effort Team Cowboys!
Microsoft Cowboys vs. Rainier Rocks (Sunday, May 5)
Rainier Rocks won the toss and put Cowboys into bat. Praveen and Asrar opened the innings and managed an opening stand of 21 runs in 4 overs before Asrar was caught behind by the keeper. Next man in was Rahul and although initially it took him a while to settle in but he looked in phenomenal touch afterwards. He hammered the bowlers to all parts of the ground hitting 3 massive sixes and 3 fours and scored 51 off just 36 balls before he was caught at deep mid wicket. Praveen and Rahul put up 87 runs partnership in 71 balls. At this time the scoreboard stood at 108/2 off 15.4 overs. The next man in was Srini and he kept the scoreboard ticking. Praveen was still unbeaten at 36* and decided to take a break and headed back to the pavilion. This bought Saurabh to the crease. Srini was scoring runs at a very quick rate and pushed Saurabh to run faster between the wickets. Eventually Saurabh was run out for 9. At this stage, Cowboys were 142/3 off 18.2 overs. Srini and Deepak were at the crease now and in mere nine balls, they scored 37 runs. Srini hit 3 massive sixes over long on, two of which were out of the ground, and Deepak scored a quick fire 19 off just 5 balls hitting 2 sixes and 1 four. Finally Cowboys scored 179/3 at the end of 20 overs. In total, Cowboys managed to hit 7 fours and 8 sixes!Chasing 180 off 20 overs was never going to be an easy task for Rainier Rocks. They came out to bat with high hopes but Avinash and Vikrant bowled superbly putting the batsman under pressure. Fielders did their part as well and RR’s lost their first wicket for 25 at the end off 4 overs. Their next pair put up a 67 run partnership before Srini broke the partnership and left RR’s at 92/2 off 12.2 overs. At this stage RR’s required 88 off 44 balls with 8 wickets remaining. Although their batsman tried hard but Srini’s excellent bowling made it hard for them to score. Srini picked 3 wickets in 3 overs giving away just 8 runs. His great bowling, in addition to his great batting earlier in the innings, made a huge difference in the match. Eventually RR’s batsmen fell like a pack of cards and they managed only 142 for the loss off 6 wickets at the end of their 20 overs. Cowboys won the match by 37 runs. Great work by Team Cowboys and they are still undefeated in the tournament so far and Faisal made well deserved 31 runs.
A Thunderous 100 by Aravindh Sundaragopalan gave MSCC DJANGOS First Victory of the season
It was a bright Seattle day unusual for this time of the year but may be Gods planned it for a special knock.
DJANGOS lost the toss and were put to bat first. Things started on a shaky note with Rohit left in a jiffy in the very first over. Walked in Ringo “The Man who almost carried us thru with a brilliant knock a week back”, he was still trying to recover from the emotional set back of that loss, at the same time taking care of his knee injury which kept him out of the cricket season last year.
Ringo ( a.k.a. Aravindh Sundaragoplan) looked even more determined this time. He started with a flair, punishing the short balls for doubles while deterministically punching the good balls to merit.
After playing a few balls, he started showing his class when he dispatched a just short delivery over the boundary in our big Marymoor Park and fielder had to fetch it after a jog of 100 yards more near cycling track.
This was just the beginning of a hurricane knock and the opposition was already getting uncomfortable. More than six runs, this hit brought DJANGOS back in the game, In the next over, when he dispatched another one over the ropes we were already looking for a good score. Vikrant joined him in the middle and they forged a match saving partnership of about 70 runs. Both scored freely all over the park. Vikrant got run out with score near hundred in 14 overs for a well made 26 runs. In the last 5 overs Aravindh took the charge in his hand and belted as many 4’s & 6’s as he could. All the balls were getting punished whether good or bad. He was playing with authority now. He found an able and fresh partner in Sanjay Tiku who rotated the strike very well. During all this mayhem(as bowling team would say), Aravindh took his personal score from 58 to 97 in just 4 overs. Then came the big moment, very next ball was dispatched for a brilliant 4. It was a 67 ball Century. Aravindh remained not out at 110*(72) 9 x4's, 5 x6's
DJANGOS finished the innings at 166 for 4.
Bellevue Rockers started their innings on a shaky note with Aditya cleaning up Rajesh for a duck. First change Parthu then got rid of Bharath with a beautiful Yorker. Prabodh and Srikant Vemparala then tried to steady the innings but run rate was climbing up alarmingly. Soon both perished to accurate bowling of Rohit Mahale. Rohit cleaned up Shankar also to finish a beautiful spell (4-0-13-3). Bhargava started in 12th over at a blistering pace. With balls rising to chest levels it was difficult for rest of Bellevue Rocker batsmen to find some room. Kishore tried to wage some last minute fight but Bhargava’s pace was too hot to handle.
Bellevue rockers finished their inning at 117\6 in 20 overs.
Microsoft Spartans secure easy victory over Olympic Hurricanes to enter playoffs
Saturday, May 4th 2013
Microsoft Spartans won by 41 Runs
Toss won by Microsoft Spartans who elected to bat
Microsoft Spartans: 129 for 5 in 20 Overs
Batting highlights: Vijay Beniwal 54(61), Ashwin Karuhatty 28 (27), Raghu Kanchikeri 29 (22)
Bowling highlights for OCC Hurricanes: Maheshwar Jayaraman - 2/23
Olympic Hurricanes: 88 All Out in 18.1 overs
Batting highlights: Sanjay Rama 33(32)
Bowling highlights: Vijay Beniwal – 2/12, Samarth Shah - 2/14
Microsoft Spartans Batting:
Spartans won the toss, and chose to bat on a warm, sunny afternoon. Mahesh Jayaraman took 2 wickets in the first over, Naveen LBW and Siva bowled off full in-swinging deliveries.
Vijay and Ashwin rebuilt the innings through excellent running between wickets and cheeky shots over the infield. They carried the score to 68 in the 12th over, and were just looking to accelerate when Ashwin was caught by Mahesh Jayaraman at long-off off Sanjay, right after hitting a six in the same area. Raghu at #5 pushed Vijay to convert singles to twos, and Vijay was also finding the boundary regularly now. The run-rate thus increased. Vijay was eventually caught at mid-on for 54 off 61 balls. Raghu struck a couple of leg-side boundaries at the death, and remained unbeaten on 34. Spartans finished on a healthy 129/5.
Olympic Hurricanes Batting:
OCC started disastrously - 10/3 in 5 overs - the top 3 all caught-behind by Faisal, 2 of them off Vijay and one off Ravi. Vijay was unlucky to not pick up a couple more wickets in a brilliant opening spell, as a caught-behind wasn't given, and a catch at slip spilled. Lovekesh hit a lovely straight six, but was soon run-out. Mahesh Thiagarajan and Sanjay tried to build some momentum via a run-a-ball partnership. But after Mahesh Thiagarajan was smartly stumped by Faisal off Samarth, the rest of the OCC batsmen fell in a heap. Naveen, Raghu, Samarth, and Vineet shared the spoils. Siva assisted with a couple of catches at point and Ashwin took a swirling skier at short third man. OCC were all out for 88 in 18.1 overs, leaving Spartans victors by 41 runs.
Vijay Beniwal was adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant half-century in a crisis, and an outstanding opening spell.