Result: Orange County Won by 2 WicketsReport by Orange County:
It was going to be a tough ask for
the short handed OC side to pull a win against Caribbean who has been
playing their best cricket. OC’s batting line up looked very thin
on paper and it was up to OC’s bowling unit to get the job done.
Caribbean won the toss and elected
to bat. Caribbean got to a strong start as they reached 72/3 in just
16 overs at the first break. It looked like the number one leading
run getter in Asad was on his way to another 50 but his innings was
cut short by a direct hit from deep point by Roy De Silva. Asad was
caught short of his crease as he challenged Roy’s arm for a second
run. Luckily for OC, Kanishka was already back in the pavilion and it
was up to OC to apply the brakes and get break-throughs. OC managed
to do so and Caribbean’s innings was wrapped up in the 41st
over at 158. Chirayu took 4 crucial wickets and was the pick of the
A modest total of 158 was always
dangerous ask for a weak OC batting line up. OC started the innings
slow and managed to lose wickets at consistent intervals. OC’s
batting champion Devraj however was still at the crease. However, it
was huge mountain to climb as OC was pushed to 89/7 with the
veteran Colin batting at the other end. Things had already taken a
dramatic turn as Devraj was hit by fellow team mate Summanth’s
straight drive on his right arm. However, Devraj fought through the
extreme pain and continued batting. The two put on a 62 run
partnership to bring OC within 7 runs and 8 balls to spare. At this
point Devraj was run out for a brilliant 70.
OC needed 7 runs of 7 balls and in
comes Vishal Bhavsar who was holding a bat after 7 years. Vishal
managed to score 2 runs of the last ball of the 44th over
to bring Colin on strike with 5 needed of 6 balls. The last over was
to be bowled by Asad. We were set for a tight and definitely heart
breaking finish (for one team). Asad bowled the ball just short of
length which was dislodged for a 6 to midwicket by Colin straight
from the meat of his bat.
OC pulled off the win with style.
The match was played in good spirits
and both team deserved the win that day with the effort they put in.
Good luck to Caribbean for the rest of the season.