MINOR LEAGUE CRICKET
Seattle Thunderbolts took a major leap towards booking a playoff berth. © MLC
The Empire State Titans succeeded in arresting their 3-game losing streak with back-to-back wins over the DC Hawks. The Titans managed two stunning jailbreaks after being skittled for 99 and 107 batting first, as two former Bangladesh internationals Ariful Haque and Tapash Baishya stifled the Hawks batting lineup on both occasions. Khary Pierre’s lightning 48 and a measly spell of 2 for 9 had the Atlanta Lightning edge out Ft. Lauderdale Lions in a narrow 5 run win.
The Lions pulled one back the next day against Orlando Galaxy as Javelle Glenn’s stormy 53 off 35 balls counterpunched Roohit Dutchin’s dream spell of 5 for 9. The Galaxy rode on Meetul Patel’s second half-century of the season only to fall short 10 short in their pursuit of 148. The Galaxy remained winless throughout the weekend as they went down without a fight to Atlanta Lightning in a rain curtailed encounter. Siddharth Matani’s miserly spell of 2 for 14 held the Galaxy in its tracks, with Galaxy falling 17 runs short of the DL par score.
Chanderpaul Hemraj’s swashbuckling hundred helped the Somerset Cavaliers make light work of Philadelphians’ mounting total of 192. Philadelphians’ captain Milind Kumar’s quickfire 83 went in vain as Cavaliers raced home with 10 balls to spare. The Manhattan Yorkers pipped the New Jersey Stallions by one wicket in a tense chase of 116. Bhaskar Yadram’s resolute half century kept the Cavaliers in the hunt throughout the game before a brave six from Raj Patel
Had the Cavaliers nudge past the finish line. Waleed Kareemullah’s fiery spell of 4 for 19 crushed Yorkers aspirations of twin wins for the weekends as they got bundled out for 110 in the 19th over to Cavaliers’ challenge of 129.
Seattle Thunderbolts took a major leap towards booking a playoff berth with resounding away wins, twice against the Hollywood Master Blasters and once over the Socal Lashings. Andries Gous remained among the runs with a fifty and a crucial 48 while the weekend also marked a welcome to form for Rishi Bhardwaj with two blistering fifties. The Thunderbolts demolished their opponents as the spin wizards Akhilesh Bodugum and Harmeet Singh kept churning out wickets aplenty. Left arm pace Phani Simhadri, a revelation for the Thunderboults this season, scalped a hattrick against the Master Blasters to ramp up his tally to 20 wickets in 8 games this season.
Spin twins Nosthush Kenjige and Adnan Haroon strangled a strong Houston Hurricanes batting line up in a measly chase of 123. Kenjige proved tough to get away in the middle overs while Adnan Haroon kept his nerve to choke the batsmen at the death as the Dallas Mustangs came from behind to grab an unlikely win by 4 runs. Hurricanes recovered from the shock defeat with an inspiring show from captain Usman Rafiq, bagging a five-fer to restrict the Lone Star Athletics to 115 as well top scoring with an innings of 29 after a brief stutter from the Hurricanes.
Ryan Scott made his presence felt this season with a whirlwind 90 off 35 balls against the Chicago Blasters. Scott’s pyrotechnics lifted the Michigan Cricket Stars to 227, effectively batting the Blasters out of the game as they slumped to their seventh straight defeat of the tournament. Shehan Jayasuriya extended his purple patch with yet another fluent half century and with Zahid Zakhil coming to the party with a masterful 72 as well, the Silicon Valley Strikers notched up their 8th win of the season in as many games. Sami Aslam’s valiant 65 couldn’t save the Grizzlies the blushes as Pranay Suri single handedly ran through the Grizzlies batting unit with a memorable spell of 6 for 24.
Atlanta Lightning vs Fort Lauderdale Lions
Brief Scores: Lightning 130-9 in 18 overs (Khary Pierre 48, Masood Mohamed 2-14) beat Lions 125-5 in 18 overs (Roy Silva 39, Khary Pierre 2-9)
New Jersey Stallions vs Manhattan Yorkers
Brief Scores: Stallions 115 in 18.2 overs (Jonathan Carter 25, Noman Iftikhar 3-24) lost to Yorkers 119-9 in 18.5 overs (Bhaskar Yadram 51, Jonathan Carter 4-24)
The Philadelphians vs Somerset Cavaliers
Brief Scores: Philadelphians 192-4 in 20 overs (Milind Kumar 83, Vanditkumar Prajapati 2-33) lost to Cavaliers 193-1 in 18.2 overs (Chanderpaul Hemraj 101*, Milind Kumar 1-25)
Empire State Titans vs DC Hawks
Brief Scores: Titans 99 in 19.2 overs (Ariful Haque 25, Bipul Sharma 2-9) beat Hawks 80 in 17 overs (Bipul Sharma 29, Ariful Haque 3-14)
Atlanta Lightning vs Orlando Galaxy
Brief Scores:Lightning 155-6 in 20 overs (Sagar Patel 41, Manav Patel 3-36) beat Galaxy 100-7 in 17 overs by DL method (Meetul Patel 34, Siddharth Matani 2-14)
Ft. Lauderdale Lions vs Orlando Galaxy
Brief Scores: 147 in 18 overs (Javelle Glenn 53, Roohit Dutchin 5-9) beat Galaxy 138-3 in 18 overs (Meetul Patel 57, Roy Silva 2-29)
Somerset Cavaliers vs Manhattan Yorkers
Brief Scores: Cavaliers 128-9 in 20 overs (Vanditkumar Prajapati 35, Bhaskar Yadram 2-30) beat Yorkers 110 in 18.4 overs (Deveshwari Prasad 21, Waleed Karimullah 4-19)
Empire State Titans vs DC Hawks
Brief Scores: Titans 107 in 19.3 overs (Adil Bhatti 37, Pranto Ahmed 3-19) beat Hawks 98-9 in 20 overs (Neil Narvekar 21, Tapash Baishya 2-7)
Chicago Tigers vs St. Louis Americans
Brief Scores: Tigers 153-4 in 20 overs (Karan Kumar 71, Paras Marwaha 2-18) lost to Americans 154-5 in 18.2 overs (Luke Schofield 65, Calvin Savage 4-9)
Hollywood Master Blasters vs Socal Lashings
Brief Scores:Master Blasters 161-6 in 20 overs (Ravi Timbawala 53, Elmore Hutchinson 2-28) lost to Lashings 162-4 in 18.5 overs (Zohaib Ahmed 70*, Basant Regmi 1-10)
Dallas Mustangs vs Houston Hurricanes
Brief Scores:Mustangs 122-8 in 20 overs (Sujith Gowda 31, Usman Rafiq 2-19) beat Hurricanes 118-5 in 20 overs (Gouvrav Bajaj 46, Adnan Haroon 4-21)
Michigan Cricket Stars vs Chicago Blasters
Brief Scores:227-6 in 20 overs (Ryan Scott 90, Mohit Patel 1-12) beat Blasters 165-7 in 20 overs (Muhammad Waqas 63, Mohammad Mohsin 3-24)
East Bay Blazers vs San Diego Surf Riders
Brief Scores:Blazers 196-4 in 20 overs (David White 88, Harish Kakani 2-46) beat Surf Riders 191-3 in 20 overs (Greg Hay 110, Sanjay Krishnamurthi 1-20)
Hollywood Master Blasters vs Seattle Thunderbolts
Brief Scores:Master Blasters 113-9 in 20 overs (Cody Chetty 38, Harmeet Singh 3-13) lost to Thunderbolts 114-1 in 12.3 overs (Andries Gous 54*, Venukalyan Madireddy 1-24)
Seattle Thunderbolts vs Socal Lashings
Brief Scores:Thunderbolts 182-5 in 20 overs (Rishi Bhardwaj 61, Sanchit Sandhu 3-24) beat Lashings 87 in 16.4 overs (Elmore Hutchinson 24, Akhilesh Bodugum 3-20)
San Diego Surf Riders vs East Bay Blazers
Brief Scores: Surf Riders 88-8 in 20 overs (Greg Hay 45, Sanjay Krishnamurthi 3-17) lost to Blazers 89-1 in 8.5 overs (Mark Deyal 52, Ajay Sharma 1-22)
Lone Star Athletics vs Houston Hurricanes
Brief Scores: Athletics 115-9 in 20 overs (Hamza Bangash 36, Usman Rafiq 5-24) lost to Hurricanes 116-4 in 16.3 overs (Usman Rafiq 29, Masud Haque 1-14)
Silicon Valley Strikers vs Golden State Grizzlies
Brief Scores: Strikers 205-6 in 20 overs (Zahid Zakhil 72, Zia Shehzad 2-44) beat Grizzlies 165-9 in 20 overs (Sami Aslam 65, Pranay Suri 6-24)
Seattle Thunderbolts vs Hollywood Master Blasters
Brief Scores:Thunderbolts 148-7 in 20 overs (Andries Gous 48, Karan Viradiya 2-19) beat Master Blasters 111-9 in 20 overs (Ravi Timbawala 30, Akhilesh Bodugum 3-18)