T20 Indoor Leagues (2016/2017) - Week 16 Bulletin

Big Bite 2 vs Chesham Ittefaq

Big Bite 2  vs Chesham Ittefaq

The match week kicked off with first position contenders, Big Bite 2 facing Chesham Ittefaq. Ittefaq won the toss and decided to bat first. They started off strongly with the first 3 overs going for double figures but Big Bite stopped the momentum in the 4th over by bowling 5 dot balls, including 2 wickets. The nest 2 partnerships were there and there abouts for Chesham Ittefaq but Big Bite took it up a notch in the final 2 partnerships which both went for minus 5 runs each. Chesham Ittefaq finished their innings on a mere 80 runs giving BB2 a very good chance to improve on their net run-rate which might come into play for the championship. The highest scorer was Enaam with a brilliant 42 and the best bowler was captain, Ahtsham Hussain who took 3 wickets for minus 5 runs.

In reply, started cruising from the first over and never really looked under any kind of pressure. There was no stopping the batsmen in the first 12 overs, however Ittefaq pulled it back a bit and slowed down the flow in the 4th partnership but unfortunately for them, it was far too late at that point because BB2 already had a 100 run lead by then. They finished their 20 overs on an impressive 195 and went home with a huge victory under their belt. The best bowler for Ittefaq was Zameer who took 2 wickets for the cost of 3 runs. Waqas Butt was the highest scorer with 31 runs and also the man of the match with a 29 runs difference.

Chesham Mobiles vs Lahore Tigers 2

Chesham Mobiles  vs Lahore Tigers 2

The 2nd match was between LT2 and Chesham Mobiles. The Tigers won the toss and their newly appointed captain decided to use the new ball. Chesham Mobiles had a comfortable start as the openers scored a 40 run partnership to give the remaining batsmen something to work off. The next 2 pairs also did a good job for Chesham Mobiles but things started going downhill from the 15th over due to some superb bowling and fielding by the Tigers. The next 4 overs went for minus runs in a row and the Mobiles team found themselves on 138 at the end of their innings as the last pair only managed 1 runs in their 4 overs. The highest scorer was Imaam Husnain and the top bowler was Mark Sherrington who took 3 wickets for minus 6 runs.

LT2 made a slow but stable start as the first 2 partnerships put together 43 runs. The next 2 partnerships were also filled with highs and lows as the game remained in the balance. With some good bowling Chesham Mobiles remained in the game all the way through and took it to the final over. With 14 runs to win in the last over, LT2 had their most experienced player, Rohith, facing. Rohith was as cool as a cucumber under pressure and took his team home with ease in the end. The best bowler was Faisal Rehman who took a fifer for minus 4 runs. Sammy Ahmed was the best batsman who scored 21 runs off 13 balls while Mark became the man of the match with his all-round performance.

Lahore Tigers vs Big Bite Chesham

Lahore Tigers  vs Big Bite Chesham

The match of the day was the fixture between Lahore Tigers and Big Bite who have been arch rivals on the field from the beginning. Lahore Tigers won the toss and decided to bowl first on this occasion. The BB batsmen were confident and didn’t waste any time settling in as they scored 45 runs in their first 4 overs. The incoming batmen carried on doing the good work for Big Bite and cementing on the platform provided by the openers. Big Bite scored a big 195 as the Tigers struggled to pick up wickets. He highest scoring batsman was the big gun, TJ and the best bowler was Immi Raja who took 1 wicket for the cost of 4 runs.

Chasing a massive total, the Tigers needed a blistering start and that’s exactly what they got as Tanvir Butt scored as first 50 of the indoor league. Tanvir and Asif finished the first 4 overs on 60 runs as Ali and Asim Raja walked in. They scored 37 in their 4 overs and the Tigers were on 97 runs, half way home after 2 partnerships. However, everything started falling apart in the 3rd partnership as they could only manage 10 runs in their 4 overs due to some very average running between the wickets. The Tigers weren’t able to keep up with the required run-rate after that and found themselves struggling in the last partnership. They finally finished on 179 and once more, they took it close against BB but couldn’t get over the line. The highest scorer was Tanvir Butt with his 50 while Pip Frances was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets for minus 4 runs and also became the man of the match with a difference of 23.

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