Summer League- week 4
The first match of the weekend turned out to be a last over thriller, with the Royal Challengers coming out on top. The Tigers recovered from losing their first two wickets for 2 runs to make 117, thanks to 49 from Abu Syed. Mukul Dhawan was the best of the bowlers, taking 2/10 from 4 overs. The Royal Challengers were 15/4 before the middle order pulled them back into the game. However they lost their 8th wicket with 25 still needed and only 3 overs left. Samanka Gunasekera’s unbeaten 25 got them home with 3 balls to spare.
In Saturday’s second match NSK beat the Eagles by 45 runs, led by a fine all-round performance from Nick Baxter. He followed his well paced unbeaten 84 in NSK’s innings of 161/6 with two wickets in the opening over. The Eagles were 1/3 after Amit Sundly took a wicket in the second over, and never recovered. Najaf Kami hit well for 27, Raheel Zaman made 22, and Abrar Khan a quick 18 before Rakesh Negi (3/10) polished off the innings.
Sunday saw Rahul Vashishtha hit his 11th century in Newfoundland, 140 in just 59 balls with 15 fours and nine sixes, made out of 196 while he was at the crease. This led the Avengers to 229 for 6 in their twenty overs, Maanik Arora making 38*. In reply the Royal Challengers made 100/9, league debutant Dario taking 2/10, and Ranvir Rana making 33.