18th March 2018, SAIGON CRICKET GROUND
ICCS won the toss and decided to bat first on an extremely hot day. Disciplined start by opening bowlers from Sri Lanka, Anushka and Chandana kept ICCS' scoring in check and both the openers Avik Chatterjeeand Adil Bazaz got out after scoring in single digits. The pressure was on ICCS captain Tanveer Gill and young blood Jay Karia to settle down and build a partnership. Tanveer Gill scored 7 boundaries in the first 14 balls he faced, while Jay Karia continued to construct another brilliant innings. At the halfway mark, ICCS were comfortable placed at 75 for 2, though the fall of Tanveer Gill (44 runs off 26 balls) in the 12th over changed the momentum of the game. Loss of another couple of quick wickets during the middle overs meant ICCS were in danger of posting a score below 150. MD Sarfaraz (23* runs off 16 balls) though had other plans as usual, who scored 2 clean sixes in the last over to help ICCS post a respectable 167 for 6, as Jay Kariascored another stroke-filled 49 runs off 46 balls. Pick of SSC bowlers was Akila with 21 runs for 2 wickets, off his 4 overs as the rest of Sri Lankan bowlers conceded more than 7 runs an over.
24th Nov 2018, SAIGON CRICKET GROUND
ECCS won the toss and elected to bat. After a watchful start, ECCS lost their first wicket in the 4th over. With steady progress England reached a score of 52 for the loss of 3 wickets at the halfway mark with useful contributions from Andrew (16 runs) and Alex (13 runs). Straight after the drinks break, Hassan Gillani got two crucial wickets in his second over. With 5 down for 53, John and Lloyd steadied the batting with a partnership of 26 runs before Lloyd was bowled by Ali. Wayward bowling by PSCC and aggressive batting resulted in England scoring 59 runs of the last 5 overs. John played shots all across the ground finishing on 49 not out of just 32 balls with 6 fours and a six. England ended on a high setting a target of 132. The pick of the bowlers were Hassan Gilani with 2 for 15 off his four overs and Naeem who was very economical conceding just 13 off his four overs and also took two catches. Ali and Veer also took 2 wickets each with Ahmed getting 1.
With a testing target, Fawad and Shahab gave PSCC got a solid start with an opening partnership of 37 runs before Fawad got out after making 23 followed by another wicket. Shahab and Ahmed steadied the innings taking PSCC to 75 when Shahab fell after scoring 22 runs. PSCC had a 21 run partnership taking the score to 96 when Ahmed fell after scoring a run a ball 27. PSCC lost two quick wickets needing 29 off the last 3 over. Veer and Ali took the attack to ECCS with fours and sixes down the ground taking 27 off the 18th and the 19th over resulting in PSCC chasing the target with 5 balls to spare. Veer scored 14 off 9 ball and Ali got 16 off 6. ECCS didn’t help their cause by dropping a number of catches throughout the inning. Lloyd and Sven picked up two wickets each with the two Adams picking up 1 wicket.
John got the well deserved MOM award for his 49 runs.
ICCS vs ECCS