Summer League gets underway with records being smashed
The Summer League got underway with records being smashed by Rahul Vashishta and the Avengers. Rahul made what we believe is the highest score in Newfoundland cricket history, with an unbeaten 161. Since the Summer League restarted, Golam Moula made 107* in 2012, Nick Baxter 101 in 2013, and Rahul himself has made 108 and 100 in 2015. PJ Myler in his 1915 book “Recollections of Cricket in Newfoundland” lists only two hundreds, 108 by Lieutenant Rowe, and 104 by TC Fitzherbert. After the Avengers had lost their first wicket on 9, he and Rahul Roy put on 202 (almost certainly a record), before Rahul Roy retired on 54. The Avengers final total was 246 for 1 wicket, the highest total in the Summer League since its inception in 2011.
Rahul started with two singles from the first six balls he received, but then took only 12 more balls to reach his 50, hitting four consecutive sixes. He hit fourteen sixes in all, mostly in the arc between long on and square leg, but also a couple over covers, and some long straight hits. He faced just 77 balls in all. Of the Tigers bowlers, mention should be made of Tamkin Khan and Lincon Hameed who made scoring hard in the final overs with some well directed yorkers. Rahul’s innings in full was :-
The Tigers made a good fight of it, batting out their overs and scoring 111/7. Saad Jahangir top scored with 42, and Abrar Khan 25. Shami Khan and Praveen Manhas, both making their summer league debuts bowled well, taking 1/17 and 1/14 respectively from their four overs.
The second match saw the Newfoundland Superkings take on the Eagles. NSK chose to bat but lost early wickets, with a run out in the first over, and then losing captain Rakesh Negi to a good catch. Sajwal Osto batted very well for his 32, and Adeel Ilyas was on top form with his 45 from 36 balls (with four sixes). Neelav Diwan (23*) hit well in the final overs to take NSK to 139/6 from 20 overs. Newcomer Messam Timmar led the bowlers with 1/15 from four overs, and also took two catches.
Scorecard- NSK innings – note Rakesh Negi was caught by Samad Quddusi not as on scorecard.
The Eagles were bowled out for 60 in 13.3 overs, thanks to a fine bowling performance from another newcomer, Mukul Dahwan who took 4/21, well supported by Taqrim Ghous who finished off the innings taking 3 wickets in 9 balls. Waqas Ali top scored for the Eagles with 16.
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