The 379th match for 2016 was a spectator’s special in all aspects. OCA/Overseas 1A and Centurions Action Zone went heads on, in Mavis Cricket Ground. Centurions CC lost the toss and had to settle for batting second. With 6 points in stake, OCA/Overseas batsmen approached the first innings cautiously. The match went on for more than 95 overs. The momentum swung between sides consistently. The match was the best compilation of cricket’s punches and counter punches. Consistent fall of wickets across innings made the match interesting. At the end, Centurions Action Zone came out on top.
OCA/Overseas had a clear cut strategy for their first innings. The phased their innings according to that. It would mean playing super defensively per se. After their opener Kumar got dismissed for 3, Gill and Khan took over rebuilding duties. Both of them hit half centuries in the process. Their partnership was the biggest in the match. However, both their wickets fell shortly after half centuries. It was promptly followed by two batsmen getting out without opening their account. The tail could only offer them a modest 38. Along with the 12 extras bowled by Centurions, OCA posted a target of 167.
Having put to bat second, Centurions decided to follow a defensive approach too. In their innings, an opener and no.3 took up rebuilding duties again. Varadarajan scored 73 runs coming at no.3. When OCA/Overseas was in position to consume the top order, the match was alreadt over for them. Giving away 23 extras didn’t help their cause either. Padmanathan and Patel made sure to take Centurions home. By 46th over, Centurions Action Zone completed the chase with 5 wickets to spare.
The performer of the match would obviously be Varadarajan. He scored 73 to guide the chase. He almost carried the bat, since opener Vashist just scored 3 runs. Centurions Action Zone outclassed OCA/Overseas in all three departments. Their bowlers picked all ten wickets on offer. Pararasasegaram completed his quota of 10 overs, picking up 4 wickets. OCA/Overseas bowlers weren’t as disciplined as they would’ve wanted. If not for the 28 extras, it could have been a closer contest.