The 2017/18 campaign started with a bang, a new look from both sides in an attempt to win some silverware. Chesham Mobiles won the toss and elected to use the new ball.
With slight altercations with the ruling Kashmiri started off on the slow side with their much changed squad due to big player absentees. After the first partnership Kashmiri Panthers put on a reputable 34 seeing off the new ball. The following two partnerships put on 54 runs to take the score to 84. However the following partnership put on -31 due to some terrific bowling from Chesham Mobiles and some terrible shot selection from the Panthers duo. Taking the score back to 55 leaving a huge job for the final partnership. The final pairing failed to make much difference scoring just 16 runs and taking the score to 71. Pick of the batsmens was new skipper Ahsan Maqbool for the Panthers while Tajamal Hussain was the main bowler with figures of 5 for -23.
In reply, Chesham Mobiles started off strongly knowing it was not a big job at all if the mindset is right. The opening pair for Chesham Mobiles had scored almost the whole target putting on a handsome 67 runs leaving the remaingin 4 pairs to get 4 runs plus in the 16 overs remaining. At this point Chesham Mobiles chose not to whole back to take early advantage of the run rate. Chesham Mobiles ended up scoring a 169 and resulting in a 98 run win. Faisal Rehman was pick of the batsmens with 28 and Iyaz Jnr was the main bowler for the Panthers wih 4 for 3 runs.
Man of the Match was awarded to hard hitting Tajamal Hussain for his 27 runs off 12 balls and 5 for -23.
Match day 1 was in for a cracker with a fierce contest between second and third place of the previous 16/17 campaigh. Cornered Tigers were sent in to bat after new captain Safeer Butt of Lahore Tigers opted to make use of the shiny new ball.
Cornered Tigers started off slowly but resilient putting on 37 runs for the first partnership. Only for the following two partnerships putting on just 53 between them thanks to some brilliant bowling and fielding from some of Lahore Tigers old hawks. Sajjad Butt started off the comeback with a teriffic double wicket over with Zeshan Butt chipping with a brilliant minus over. The fourth pair tried to fix the downfall and putting on a decent 36 to bring the team score to 126 and leaving the final pair to finish the dealings. However due to a strong bowling quartet the Tigers restricted them to just 21 runs leaving the Cornered Tigers to defend 147. Pick of the bowlers for Lahore Tigers was Sajjad Butt with 3 for 7 while Tahir Afridi was the main batsment for the Cornered tigers with 25 runs.
Lahore Tigers started in similar fashion
putting on 35 runs with the first pair and the second paid hitting well
structed 48 with the Lahore Tigers at this stage sitting handsomely on 83 runs.
However, the Cornered Tigers were not done yet and with some magnificent
bowling and fielding they put the pressure back on Lahore Tigers restricting
the third pair to just 7 runs. However in came new siging Mohammed Waqar and
skipper Safeer Butt who demolished the bowlers to all parts and put on a mamoth
89 run partnership without being dismissed and surpassing the target, giving
the final pair 0 pressure. The final partnership scored 29 runs to take the
team total to 208 runs and thus winning by 62 runs.
The Man of the Match of this well contested
match was skipper of the Lahore Tigers Safeer Butt for his 36 runs with the bat
off 12 balls and bowling figures of 3 for -1.