Labour Day weekend games
Saturday saw two games in the T20 Summer League. In the opener, Avengers beat the Eagles by 36 runs. The Avengers made 137/9 thanks to 45 from Gurman Khurana and a useful last wicket partnership of 28 between Jaspreet Bajwa (28*) and Saravana Kumar (10*). Osama Saeed took 3/14. The Eagles were bowled out for 101, with Maanik Arora taking 4/15, and Saravana Kumar 3/21.
In the second match NSK kept their spot on top of the table with a 5 wicket win over the Tigers. The Tigers made 133/5, thanks to 52 from Abu Syed. Nick Baxter’s unbeaten 50 took NSK to the win in 15.1 overs.
Sunday saw a 40 over game between Avengers and NSK. Avengers made a massive 351/4, likely the highest total on Newfoundland cricket history, thanks largely to 156 in 109 balls from Maanik Arora, and 85 from Gurman Khurana, They then bowled NSK out for 94, Madhu Bandara taking 4 wickets. Avengers thus become our first 40-overs champions, winning both their matches.
Monday saw the Avengers and Eagles playing their final regular season games. Avengers moved back to the top of the table with a big win, making 240/2 in their 20 overs. Gagan Mankoo carried his bat for an excellent 96*, and was well supported by Gurman Khurana (62*). The Eagles got off to a difficult start as Madhu Bandara took two wickets in the opening over, and Praveen Manhas (who finished with 3/13) another in the second. Raheel Zaman made 51 and Himreet 22 but they were bowled out for 127. The Avengers finished the regular season with 10 wins and two losses, whilst the Eagles record was 4 and 8.