Unity Cup Day 1 Review
Day 1 of the second season of the Unity Cup is complete. A total of 4 games took place today, all at Bolen Park in Leesburg, VA.
𝐆𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝟏: 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐜 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐯𝐬 𝐅𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚 𝐒𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭: 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐜 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐧 𝐛𝐲 𝟔 𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭𝐬
Florida Scorpions lost the toss and were put in to bat first by Cric Lanes. While their were starts, nobody in their team really got going. Eventually, in their 20 overs, Florida Scorpions could only manage to make 122/9 with Ian Dev Singh top scoring in his innings of 28(21).
With the ball, Stephen Wiig and Raj Nannan both picked up 3 wickets each. Nannan took out the top order, while Wiig rounded up the opposition in the death overs.
Needing 123 runs to win, Cric Lanes comfortably chased down the target with 2.4 overs still remaining and 6 wickets in hand. Dominique Rikhi starred with the bat in his innings of 58*(47). This performance also got him the man of the match award.
𝐆𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝟐: 𝐏𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐜 𝐯𝐬 𝐘𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐞𝐞 𝐑𝐨𝐲𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭: 𝐏𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐜 𝐰𝐨𝐧 𝐛𝐲 𝟓 𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭𝐬
The Yankee Royals lost the toss and Potomac put them in to bat first. The Royals didn’t get off to a good start as they lost 3 wickets in the powerplay. They slipped further to 51/4 and eventually 82/5 (12). After that, Alex Amsterdam and Imamol Hassan scored 47 and 33 respectively to get the Royals to a decent total of 152/7.
Kesrick Williams starred with the ball as he picked up 4 wickets and conceded just 17 runs in his 4 overs. Williams also got a runnout under his name, and eventually went on to bag the man of the match award.
Potomac needing 153 to win had a similar first half to the Yankee Royals. After 13 overs, they found themselves at 82/4. Then, Swapnil Salvi and Bipul Sharma batting really well with Salvi scoring 42 from just 25 deliveries and Bipul remaining unbeaten in the end on 39 off 21. Potomac won the game 5 balls and 5 wickets to spare.
𝐆𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝟑: 𝐂𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝟐𝟐 𝐘𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐯𝐬 𝐃𝐌𝐕 𝐖𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭: 𝐂𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝟐𝟐 𝐘𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐧 𝐛𝐲 𝟐𝟐 𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐬
The Cavaliers 22 Yards won the toss and decided to bat first. After a quick start, going at about 10 an over, Cavaliers 22 Yards lost their first wicket in the 4th over. What followed was the dismantling of a packed batting line up as the side fell to 81/5 (11.2). Obus Piennar, the number 4 batsmen, played extremely well with wickets falling at the other end. He kept on rotating strike and accelerated when needed. 51 runs came from the final 3 overs as Cavaliers 22 Yards ended on 187/6 in their 20 overs.
With the ball, Thei Barnett and Pranto Ahmed picked up 2 wickets each. The DMV Warriors used 7 bowling options which allowed them to rotate borh pace and spin bowlers.
The DMV Warriors got off to a slow start, something which may just have cost them the game. They were 50/2 midway through the 8th over. Then Charan Singh and Adil Bhatti launched the rebuilding phase. Bhatti took apart the bowling hitting 59 from 29 deliveries.
The DMV Warriors evtually fell short by 22 runs. Najaf Shah and Ali Imran both picked up 2 wickets each and make valuable contributions to the Cavaliers 22 Yards side as they won their first game in the tournament.
𝐆𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝟒: 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐚 𝐔𝐓𝐃 𝐯𝐬 𝐑𝐃𝐔 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭: 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐚 𝐔𝐓𝐃 𝐰𝐨𝐧 𝐛𝐲 𝟕 𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭𝐬
RDU won the toss and decided to bat first, a decision which didn’t work out too well for them. After 7.2 overs, they had already been reduced to 29/4. Then, Heath Reachards played extremely well to score 74 runs from 42 deliveries which included 9 sixes. RDU ended on a below par total of 133/5 in their 20 overs.
Asia United needed 134 to win and they got off to a decent start. After 5 overs, they were 37/1. Then the onslaught began as Saif Badar and Milind Kumar proceeded to take apart the bowling attack. 60 runs came off the next 2 overs. This included 8 sixes and 3 fours. Asia United eventually chased the target down with 7.3 overs to spare and 7 wickets in hand, a huge boost for their NRR.