Wins for Eagles and NSK on Canada Day
Heavy rain in the morning prevented our Juniors playing but after a delay to allow the outfield to dry, the Summer League games were played in cool but dry conditions.
The Eagles upset the Avengers in the opener with a 29 run win in a low scoring match. The Eagles batted first, making 109 thanks mainly to 30 from Nadeem Saqlain, supported by 14 from Messam Timar. Saravana took 3/29 and Dhrummit 2/16. The Avengers batting had dominated in their matches to date but a strong opening spell by Najaf and Messam had them in early trouble. Messam had Rahul well caught on the mid wicket boundary by captain Waqas Ali – the first time he has been dismissed this season. A quick ball from Najaf bowled Gurman to reduce the Avengers to 26/3. Praveen made 14 but the Avengers were bowled out for just 78, with the Eagles executing some excellent run outs. Najaf was named man of the match for his spell of four overs for fifteen runs and two wickets
In the second match NSK made 110 – they lost Sajawal Osto from the first ball of the match, but then Amit Sundly (39) and Rakesh Negi put on 63 for the second wicket. They both fell in the same over as the Tigers bowlers put NSK under pressure, but Talha Riaz made 26 to allow NSK to set a defendable total. Indraneel Mallick and Hummam Bin Saif each took two wickets.
The NSK opening bowlers kept things tight, and the Tigers fell behind the run rate. Nazrul Shikon top scored with 21, keeping the Tigers in with a chance, until Amit Sundly ripped through the Tigers batting, taking 5 wickets in 7 balls, the highlight being an outstanding catch by Rakesh Negi at short mid-off from a scorching drive from Nazrul Shikon. Amit took five wickets for 5 runs, and was the obvious man of the match as NSK won by 44 runs.
After three matches, Avengers and NSK have two wins and a loss, Eagles and Tigers one win and two losses.