The opening game of Gameweek 2 in which there are no teams sitting out due to a late entry saw the now experiences and strong unit in Kashmiri Panthers come up against a new team in season 2 with some old faces in Chesham Ittefaq. The toss was won by Khalid Bashir the skipper of Chesham Ittefaq who opted against using the new ball and instead choosing to bat.
Openers Zamir Ahmed and Kabir started off cautiously in the first over only to bolster ahead and contribute a deserved 48 runs in the first partnership, courtesy of a few extras. However, were let down by the following two partnerships who only managed to put on 24 in their 8 allotted overs after some brilliant bowling and fielding by the Panthers. Things never seem to kick on from here with the last 2 partnerships of Ittefaq not doing much justice and only putting on 48 between them taking Chesham Itefaq to a below par score of 120. Shahid was the top scorer for Ittefaq with 16 and Khurram Hussain pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for -5.
In reply, Kashmiri Panthers as did Ittefaq started of cautiously and slowly knowing it was not a big total to chase down and with not much pressure did not need to take many risks. The opening pair of Ahsan Maqbool and Adnan Rehman put on 21. With the following two pairs hitting to all parts and putting on 79 between them and taking the score to 100 leaving only another 20 needed with the remaining 2 partnerships. However, the fourth pair in Awais and Amer did not do much damage but could afford to have a small partnership of 8 knowing they still only needed 12 in the following 24 runs. Majid and Haseeb took their team over the line scoring 41 in their partnership. Shakil top scored for Kashmiri Panthers with 21 whereas Zamir was the stand out bowler for Ittefaq with figures of 2 for 2.
Kashmiri Panthers came out winners winning by 29 runs and taking the top spot early in the day before the other games were played with a 100% winning start. Khurram Hussain was awarded Man of the Match scoring 16 with the bat and figures of 3 for -5 with the ball.
The second game of the day saw big winners Chesham Mobiles come up against a new look Lahore Tigers 2 side looking for their first win. Chesham Mobiles skipper Zahid Mahmood won the toss and decided to bat first like Ittefaq in the first game.
Lahore Tigers started off well picking up two wickets in the first over courtesy of Sameer Ahmed playing his first game of the season. Husnain and Raheem of the Chesham Mobiles started off slowly before a few lusty blows by Husnain took their partnership total to 33. The second partnership of Zeeshan and Ajay could not get going due to some superb bowling by Lahore Tigers 2 who restricted them to just 21 and a team total of 54. However, the following two partnerships managed to put on a formidable 76 between them due to only loosing 4 wickets in 8 overs. At this stage Chesham Mobiles look to be posting another big score, only for Lahore Tigers to bring on their seamers to do some damage and only restrict Chesham Mobiles to 150 courtesy of a -12 over and -10 off the last ball by the skipper of Lahore Tigers 2 Rohith. Wahid top scored for Chesham Mobiles with 23 and Gaff was the stand out bowler for Lahore Tigers 2 for figures of 3 for 7.
In reply, Lahore Tigers 2 started off in top gear with the inform partnership of Anuraj and Waqas Kiani putting 41 between them and then backed up by Gaff and Ansur in the second partnership scoring 40 and taking the team total to 81. The following two partnerships carried on in similar fashion putting on 86 between them and taking them past their required total and putting them in pole position on 167. The final pair in Zeeshan and Aneel knew they didn’t need to risk anything and just look for the gaps and improve their run rate took the team to 182 due to some smart cricket. Anuraj top scored for the Tigers 2 with 20 whereas Usman was the stand out bowler for Chesham Mobiles with figures of 2 for -1.
Lahore Tigers beat Chesham Mobiles by 32 runs, the latter who were clear leaders with an impressive run rate at the end of Gameweek 1. Captain of Lahore Tigers 2 Rohit was announced Man of the Match for scoring 17 off 8 balls and bowling figures of 2 for -2.
Third match of the day was between arch rivals, Lahore Tigers and Big Bite. Lahore Tigers won the toss and decided to bowl first to try and take advantage of the swing, pace and bounce of the new ball. Lahore Tigers started off very well with the first over only conceding 1 run but from the 2nd over of the innings, Big Bite batsmen started building a solid foundation and were 80 runs in their first 2 partnerships after some good batting. Although the Tigers slowed down the progress in the middle overs, Big Bite still managed a decent total of 146 with the help of a healthy 5th partnership. The score was achieved with everyone chipping in a few, Ali from Watford being he highest scorer with 21. The best bowler for the Tigers was Sajjad Butt ho bowled a spell of -14 for 6 wickets which was also his best ever indoor bowling.
In reply the Tigers made a meal of it and made it hard work even to reach 50 as a team. Tigers started losing wickets from the word go and the trend carried on until the last ball. Each and every partnership was a failure with the highest partnership being a shocking 21. Not to take credit away from Big Bite who bowled and fielded well and carried on applying the pressure. Lahore Tigers only managed 77 runs in their 20 overs which is their lowest score till date. Ali was the highest scorer with 19 from the Tigers and Majid from Watford was the best bowler of the innings with figures of -10 for 5 wickets. Man of the Match award went to Tajammul Hussain for a good all round performance.
The last match of the day was played between Big Bite 2, and league debutants The Generals who will be led by Ali Jin Khan of High Wycombe. The Generals won the toss and decided to bat first and post a defendable score.
The Generals started off solidly scoring 16 runs in the first over. However, the innings was hot and cold all the way through with glimpses of some superb batting surrounded by some very average performances. The Generals managed a small total of 107 from their 20 overs courtesy of some great bowling and fielding from BigBite 2. The highest scorer of the innings was Wajahat Ali while Usman Majid of Watford, who was the man of the match in his last game, was the best bowler with figures of -23 for 6 wickets, a very impressive achievement.
BigBite 2 chased down the target very comfortably and scored a mammoth 200 runs in their 20 overs after they took full advantage of some very poor bowling
By The Generals. The best of the bunch was Naj Riaz who conceded 0 runs for 3 wickets. Cookie from BigBite 2 was the highest scorer with 30 runs and also the man of the match with a difference of 31 runs.