Winter League gets underway
The Winter League got underway on Sunday, following the cancellation of Saturday’s matches. The opening match saw the Newfoundland Super Kings defeat the Royal Challengers by 40 runs. NSK batted first and thanks to an unbeaten 61 from Rakesh Negi put 103 on the board for the loss of only one wicket. Talha Riaz contributed 28 runs. In reply the Challengers made 63/4, Bupesh Sharma taking two wickets and Kamal Gosal top scoring for the Challengers with 21*. Rakesh was man of the match.
In the second match Avalon CC upset fall league champions PSA, defending a low total of 55/3 and winning by 10 runs. Arif top scored for Avalon CC with 22 not out. PSA were bowled out for 45, thanks to Shazaad’s three wickets for just 5 runs. Shazaad was man of the match.
In the final match the Avengers overwhelmed the Lions, making 109 without losing a wicket, then restricting the reply to 52/2. For the Avengers Rahul Vashisht made 35, Gurman Khurana 30, and Bharat Shetty 19. Manujaya made 29 for the Lions, Ali Malik leading a good all round bowling performance conceding just three runs in two overs. Gurman was man of the match.