Walt H. Rambaransingh | Date 06/07/15
On a humid, partly cloudy day, the Titans continued their 2015 20 over campaign after a 1 win 4 loss record to start the year. Game 6 of the 20 over regular season would be played against Port St. Lucie at Girl Scout Friendship Park. Many first XI players were not available for this game & the squad on the day had to play with only 10 men. Since normal skipper Tiki was unavailable for the game, Atul made his debut as captain for the Titans. St. Lucie CC won the toss and elected to bat first.
Krishna & Sanjay opened the bowling. Both openers bowled miserly thru over #4. Santosh replaced Krishna after a pair of stingy overs while Walt replaced Sanjay after an expensive 3rd over. Santosh continued the miserly bowling while Walt was a bit expensive but got danger batsman Roger Joshua’s wicket with his worst bowled ball of the game getting the batsman to chase the leg side ball and getting caught by Sahel at deep mid-wicket. Sahel & Bharat bowled the remaining overs while Krishna’s 2 remaining overs were saved for overs 17 & 19. Fielding highlights included a sublime run-out of other danger batsman Richard Louis by Sahel & Chucky along with catches by Bharat & Sahel. Bowling highlights included miserly bowling from Krishna & Santosh. At the end of the innings, St. Lucie CC scored 151 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs. Titans CC Bowling details of the day are below:
Krishna – 4 overs, 0 maidens, 12 runs, 2 wickets.
Sanjay- 3 overs, 0 maidens, 32 runs, 0 wickets.
Santosh- 4 overs, 0 maidens, 19 runs, 1 wicket.
Walt- 4 overs, 0 maidens, 38 runs, 1 wicket.
Sahel - 4 overs, 0 maidens, 37 runs, 0 wickets.
Bharat - 1 over, 0 maidens, 9 runs, 0 wickets.
Atul & Andre opened the batting as the acting skipper experimented with a new opening pair due to the unavailability of some players. Both openers began with careful strokes but Andre unfortunately lost his wicket in the 4th over by getting caught. Chuck then came in at 1-down to replace Andre. Atul and Chuck then began batting with what can only be described as calculated aggression with solid running between the wickets and some spectacular shots & boundaries (4s & 6s). The rest of the Titans squad stared in amazement as Atul began batting aggressively scoring several 4s while Chucky hit some of the longest 6s in recent memory. The resident Sri-Lankan blasted his way to 76 while his supporting partner Atul scored a captain’s knock of 38 runs. The chase of 152 came to an end after 16.4 overs with a glorious 4 from Chuck. Titans CC chased down the necessary 152 runs in 16.4 overs with Chucky scoring 76 runs and Atul scoring 38 runs. Titans CC win by 9 wickets.
After the 1st on-the-field win for the Titans in 2015, the team’s record stands at 2 wins & 4 losses with 6 regular season 20 over games remaining. Bowling highlights included miserly bowling from Krishna & Santosh while fielding highlights included a run-out by Sahel/Chucky. Of course, Atul & Chucky were the batting highlights on the day. Critiques on the day involve too many extras (30) and some dropped catches. With 6 games left in the 20 over regular season, the squad looks to make a push to qualify for the playoffs. Atul commanded the field effectively in his first stint as captain with support from the current & previous captains along with other Titan players. The debut of Atul as a Titan’s captain seems to have been a coming of age for one of the most dedicated players in the club. It is a very proud moment for all the Titans to see Atul earn his first win as a captain.