Pathmathan’s MSD like innings leads Centurion to record victory

It’s the 397th game of Regular seniors 2016 season. The venue for the match is Sunnybrook East. The two contenders are Spartans C.C and our own Centurions Action Zone. Singh Bedi, Centurions Skipper won the toss for his team. He decided to bat first in this important league match. Spartans could be called the home team for this contest. The 50 over match witnessed plenty of batting from both sides. Between the two, one was more dominant to rack up 214 runs in first innings. For Spartans, it was a day they could not match their opposition.

Openers of Centurions took them to a flying start. Samuel missed his half century in touching distance. Sodhi scored another 22 runs too. What impressed the most in first innings was the sheer grit of Pathmanathan. He played a Dhoni like innings staying not out till the end. He added 55 runs to an already boosted up Centurions total. He had ample support from Rasanayagam for 5th wicket partnership. The third highest scorer for Centurions was extras. Among the 28 extras, 17 came from wides.

After all that flawless batting performances, Centurions managed to take the total past 200. Chasing a 200+ total, Spartans C.C committed the cardinal sin. They did not get the start needed to chase a big total. Except for Kashana and Arshad, none of their batsmen troubled the opposition. Centurions weren’t as shabby as Spartans in bowling. They offered only 10 extras, compared to Spartan’s 28. Spartans were bowled out by 27th over for 102. Centurions won the match by a whopping 112 run margin. They did pick the crucial 6 points in the process.

Without a shadow of doubt, it was a stellar performance from Centurions batting unit. Their bowling unit did not lag far behind too. Pararasasegaram picked up 3 important wickets. Centurions backed up their bowling to defend this total. This is exactly what they did through collective performance. Part timers performed out of their skin to bring up couple of excellent spells. Spare a thought for Kasana, who stood not out for Spartans. Had two or more batters supported him, he could have taken Spartans home.

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