Corporate 6 a-side challenge
Coutts & Co. 94/4 beat AUX Partners 93/4 by 2 wickets
The opening match of the tournament seemed to be evenly placed until Coutts & Co. registered their first win in style with a six. Gawith and Haddow came in to open for AUX Partners. In spite of losing couple of wickets within the first two overs, AUX managed to put up a total of 93 runs. Haddow who scored 3 runs was the first to depart with a run-out. After the second quick wicket, Gawith and Coates made the much needed runs for AUX. While Coates (35*) top-scored for AUX, Gawith’s stumps were cleared when he reached 24. Half way into the AUX innings, Coutts won as well as lost an opportunity to take a wicket. Had a catch not been dropped by the fielder, Indy would have scalped three wickets. Indy managed to pick up two wickets, becoming the highest wicket-taker for Coutts. Managing to restrict AUX at 93 runs which included 17 extras (12 wides, 3lb and 2b), Coutts’s fielders missed a run-out in the last over. A fine innings played by A. Mhajan (41*) made the task easier for Coutts. AUX tried their best to defend the total posted by them, by taking wickets at regular intervals. Coutts were 71/4 during the ninth over. The match went down all the way to the wire but Indy who was having a good all- round match sealed it for Coutts along with Mhajan.
KWM 102/4 beat AUX Partners 55/6 by 47 runs
KWM had the last laugh and rightly so as they notched up 102 runs against AUX Partners. S Hall and C Fetherstone gave KWM a perfect opening partnership of 56 runs. Hall (27) fell in the sixth over while his partner Fetherstone remained unbeaten at 27 till the end of the innings. Even though AUX failed to pick up wickets in the early stages of the match, their fielders were accurate with their throws directed towards the stumps. Out of the four wickets that fell while KWM batted, three of them were in the form of run-outs. Gawith was the lone bowler for AUX to take a wicket. With the kind of start that KWM made, they would have expected to score more runs. With two balls to spare, KWM lost two successive wickets. On the other hand, AUX had a contrasting start to their innings compared to that of KWM. AUX lost a wicket in the very first over of their innings. Opener Coates tried to steady the ship along with Gawith (21) but couldn’t manage much success as KWM didn’t allow them to build partnerships. Rowley (14) got a decent start but was unable to keep the momentum going and eventually failed to make it to the crease within time-this resulted in a run-out. While Bowen was bowled for a duck, Nicholson (1) became a victim of an athletic run-out. The collapse of AUX’s batting line-up along with a commendable bowling effort and hearty fielding from KWM added salt to AUX’s injury.
Coutts & Co. 81/4 beat KWM 79/4 by 2 wickets
Both the teams entered the field after registering wins in their previous matches. S Hall (29*) continued to showcase his talent throughout the match as he stayed at the field for the entire 10 overs. Campbell got out cheaply after scoring 2 runs. While GWD (8) saw his stumps being cleaned up by Carey. The low scoring streak continued as Andy was run out for a naught. Tom (10) and Rich (13*) attempted to make quick-fire shots to take their team to a total of 79 runs. Similar to their previous game, Coutts gave away 17 extras (6 wides, 7lb and 4b). Openers Anek (30*) and Phil (25*) gave Coutts a started the set the foundation for a victory. Indy, who had an all-round impressive performance in the first match seemed to have a bad day in office against KWM. He was hit for 15 runs in his second over during his bowling spell. With the bat too it was a dull day for him as he was run-out without scoring any runs. In the middle order, Kunal looked promising before he was bowled by Rich Davis. With two wins out of three wins in their kitty so far, Coutts seem to be the team to look out for.
KWM 66/1 beat Misfits 65-4 by 5 wickets
Made up of a patchwork set of players put together at the last minute, the Misfits won the toss and chose to bat first in the inaugural game of the 2016 competition. Disaster struck earlier than thought humanly possible when a first ball mix up saw Vasi run out without facing a delivery – that’s right a diamond duck! Perhaps unnerved by this, Barney didn’t survive much longer, perishing for nine before a further run out saw the team struggling and down to their last pair. Fortunately, Mehboob played a sublime innings, knocking 40 of his team’s 65 runs to achieve some kind of total.
In reply, Steve (25*) batted imperiously atop the line-up, picking up boundaries with ease and though Adnan picked up an important wicket in his second over, the chase never looked seriously in doubt. A special mention should go to the Misfits sub fielder from KWM who must have left some serious doubts in his teammates minds as to where his allegiance lay with a fine performance. A confidence boosting first win for KWM, whilst the Misfits were left to rue their poor efforts with the bat.
Misfits 68/2 beat Coutts 67 all out by 3 wickets
Fresh off an exciting game one victory, Coutts looked to pile on the runs against the Misfits and looked in dangerous form in the first two overs as they raced to 18-0. From there, things went wrong however, as Mhajan (14) and Moradi (9) were removed in consecutive overs. Kunal (25) launched a brave fightback but was fast running out of partners as the Misfits accurate bowling made a mess of Indy (0) and Kerry’s (3) stumps. A useful final wicket partnership pushed them over 65 but two quick run outs to end the inning left them looking a few runs short.
Vasi (1) went early in the innings again, caught behind trying to guide a ball before game one star Mehboob (5) played over a straight one to set the Misfits back. Unfortunately for Coutts, extras were taking their toll, with wides racking up runs at a serious rate: 20 of them when all was said and done. This inaccuracy, along with steady performances from Ben (23*) and Adnan (12*) saw the Misfits safely home with four overs to spare.
Misfits 114/2 beat AUX Partners 44 all out by 70 runs
Confident after their first victory, The Misfits won the toss and chose to bat in the final game, with Barney inserting himself back atop of the line-up along with Vasi. Able to survive the first ball, the pair this time accumulated brilliantly, with smart running between the wickets complementing some brutal hitting (Barney 28*, Vasi 19). Behind them, Mehboob (21) and Ben (26*) both batted with confidence and aggression and number 5 Adnan even managed a quickfire 10 to finish taking their total to an imposing 114 in a superb top-to-bottom effort.
AUX had a mountain to climb in response, and two early wickets for Barney (2-11), both comfortably pouched by Mehboob behind the stumps left them struggling for momentum. Pete hit brilliantly for his 22 as partners continued to fall at the other end, with some comical running between the wickets accounting for two crucial breakthroughs for the Misfits. With the game looking lost, his fine innings came to an end when he was clean bowled by Mehboob completing a marvellous performance by the Misfits who put it all together in the final game.
An exciting start to the tournament for all teams involved with some seriously strong performances with bat and ball all over the place!
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