Lord’s Taverners Corporate Cricket Challenge 2016 Indoor Tournament: Part 1
Sports Gazette reports from the MCC Indoor Cricket Academy on the opening day of the tournament
Monday 17/10/2016 Match Reports
Coutts & Co. 94/4 beat AUX Partners 93/4 by 2 wickets
The opening match of the tournament seemed to be evenly placed until Coutts & Co. registered their first win in style with a six. Gawith and Haddow came in to open for AUX Partners. In spite of losing couple of wickets within the first two overs, AUX managed to put up a total of 93 runs. Haddow who scored 3 runs was the first to depart with a run-out. After the second quick wicket, Gawith and Coates made the much needed runs for AUX. While Coates (35*) top-scored for AUX, Gawith’s stumps were cleared when he reached 24. Half way into the AUX innings, Coutts won as well as lost an opportunity to take a wicket. Had a catch not been dropped by the fielder, Indy would have scalped three wickets. Indy managed to pick up two wickets, becoming the highest wicket-taker for Coutts. Managing to restrict AUX at 93 runs which included 17 extras (12 wides, 3lb and 2b), Coutts’s fielders missed a run-out in the last over. A fine innings played by A. Mhajan (41*) made the task easier for Coutts. AUX tried their best to defend the total posted by them, by taking wickets at regular intervals. Coutts were 71/4 during the ninth over. The match went down all the way to the wire but Indy who was having a good all- round match sealed it for Coutts along with Mhajan.
KWM 102/4 beat AUX Partners 55/6 by 47 runs
KWM had the last laugh and rightly so as they notched up 102 runs against AUX Partners. S Hall and C Fetherstone gave KWM a perfect opening partnership of 56 runs. Hall (27) fell in the sixth over while his partner Fetherstone remained unbeaten at 27 till the end of the innings. Even though AUX failed to pick up wickets in the early stages of the match, their fielders were accurate with their throws directed towards the stumps. Out of the four wickets that fell while KWM batted, three of them were in the form of run-outs. Gawith was the lone bowler for AUX to take a wicket. With the kind of start that KWM made, they would have expected to score more runs. With two balls to spare, KWM lost two successive wickets. On the other hand, AUX had a contrasting start to their innings compared to that of KWM. AUX lost a wicket in the very first over of their innings. Opener Coates tried to steady the ship along with Gawith (21) but couldn’t manage much success as KWM didn’t allow them to build partnerships. Rowley (14) got a decent start but was unable to keep the momentum going and eventually failed to make it to the crease within time-this resulted in a run-out. While Bowen was bowled for a duck, Nicholson (1) became a victim of an athletic run-out. The collapse of AUX’s batting line-up along with a commendable bowling effort and hearty fielding from KWM added salt to AUX’s injury.
Coutts & Co. 81/4 beat KWM 79/4 by 2 wickets
Both the teams entered the field after registering wins in their previous matches. S Hall (29*) continued to showcase his talent throughout the match as he stayed at the field for the entire 10 overs. Campbell got out cheaply after scoring 2 runs. While GWD (8) saw his stumps being cleaned up by Carey. The low scoring streak continued as Andy was run out for a naught. Tom (10) and Rich (13*) attempted to make quick-fire shots to take their team to a total of 79 runs. Similar to their previous game, Coutts gave away 17 extras (6 wides, 7lb and 4b). Openers Anek (30*) and Phil (25*) gave Coutts a started the set the foundation for a victory. Indy, who had an all-round impressive performance in the first match seemed to have a bad day in office against KWM. He was hit for 15 runs in his second over during his bowling spell. With the bat too it was a dull day for him as he was run-out without scoring any runs. In the middle order, Kunal looked promising before he was bowled by Rich Davis. With two wins out of three wins in their kitty so far, Coutts seem to be the team to look out for.
With teams withdrawing on match day to some exhilarating hitting and thrilling moments of the game, it indeed is a sensational beginning to the tournament.