Gameweek 12 kicked off with leaders Big Bite 2 facing the league organisers, Lahore Tigers. Lahore Tigers won the toss and changed their tactics against he strong all-round tam BB2 by taking the new ball this time. The new tactics worked out well for the Tigers as they swung the new ball in both directions and kept taking wickets which helped apply pressure on the batting heavy BB2 team. Their first partnership was the highest with 38 runs and the totals of the following partnerships kept getting smaller and smaller until they finished off with a 10 run final partnership to complete their 20 overs on a very hard to defend 116 runs. Everyone from the Tigers team bowled and fielded well, but the pick of the bowlers was Mohammed Nasar from Aylesbury. He picked up 3 wickets for minus 6 runs. Ozzy was the highest scoring batsman of the innings with 18 runs.
BB2 needed a good start with the ball and that’s exactly what they got due to a lot of confusion in the running between the LT openers. However, the Tigers started picking up momentum in the middle of the innings and had crossed the BB2 total by the end of the 4th partnerships. The Big Bite boys regrouped and took the game to the wire by bowling brilliantly to the final LT pair and taking wickets on regular intervals. I was Lahore Tigers though who came up top in the end and won this cracking battle by 11 runs. The highest scorer was Saf Butt with 28 runs and the man of the match award went to Mohammed Nasar thanks to his brilliant bowling spell earlier.
Match number 2 was played between the struggling Chesham Mobiles team and mid-table Lahore Tigers 2 who were under the leadership of their new captain, Asim Ditta. Chesham Mobiles won the toss and decided to bat first which has been a very rare occasion in this year’s Indoor Leagues season. The plan seemed to work well as the Mobiles team started their innings with a thoughtfully built opening partnership of 41 runs. Although the following partnerships couldn’t match the quality of the first one, they still managed to keep marching on towards a decent total of 148 against an experienced bowing attack of LT2. The highest scorer for Chesham Mobiles was Rizwan Raja with 22 runs and the bowler of the innings was Ateeq who picked up a super 5 wicket haul for minus 18 runs.
The Tigers started off poorly by making only 24 runs in their first 4 overs thanks to some good bowing by the attack bowlers of the Mobiles team. The Tigers started lifting their run-rate from the 2nd partnership and put the fielding team under pressure. The bowling went from great to average under pressure and before you now it, LT2 had reached their target with comfort. The innings ended on 165 and the best bowling figures came from Rizwan Raja who took 2 wickets for 2 runs. Ex-captain Rohith was the highest scorer with 35 runs and also the man of the match.
The 3rd fixture was between raining champions Big Bite and he Wycombe based Kashmiri Panthers. Panthers won the toss and decided to bat first. Things didn’t go to plan as they struggled for the first 12 overs due to Big Bite making use of the new ball in a gruesome manner. The first 3 pairs from the Panthers scored 29, 19 and 3 runs. The 4th and 5th pair brought some stability to the innings by scoring 38 runs each and ending their innings on 127 runs. Awais Butt was the highest scorer with 30 runs, although he was selected to bat twice by the opposition captain. The best bowler was Ali Nawaz who picked up 3 wickets for 2 runs.
The Panthers had to bowl well from the word go if they wanted to stand any chance at all to win this game. But like their batting, all went south when the opening partnership of Big Bite team scored a well ran 54 runs. There was no looking back from their as the Big Bite boys went strength to strength and crossed the 200 run barrier one more time this season. They won the game comfortable by scoring 220 runs and that man Ali Nawaz was the highest scorer with 40 runs and again, was the man of the match.
The last game of the day was between Ittefaq and Generals. Ittefaq won the toss and chose to bat first which had been the decision for the 3rd game in a row this week. They started off with a bang by scoring 51 runs in their opening partnership. The good work was carried on by the rest of the team that followed, including the third stand of a whopping 97 runs which broke the leagues previous partnership record, all thanks to some very poor and wayward bowling by the Generals. Ittefaq ended their innings on a humungous score of 295 runs which is also their personal best. The bowling by The Generals was poor to say the least. They bowled an astonishing 27 wides and 6 no balls at 4 runs a piece giving their opposition 132 free runs.
The Generals feeling the pressure of the runs on the board and the fact that whatever they did just resulted in the required run-rate going up higher and highest, performed to a standard lower than they normally do. They only managed to make 144 runs in reply and handed the victory to Chesham Ittefaq with a huge margin of 151 runs. The man of the Match of this game was Luqman Ahmed who batted and bowled superbly.