The Yorking Fireman
Walt H. Rambaransingh | Date 02/20/17
On a sunny & breezy February day, the Palm Beach Titans continued their 2017 South Florida Premiere League 40 over campaign. Game 3 of the 2017 SFPL 40 over regular season would be played against Tropics United at Brian Piccolo Park. Tropics United won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Chucky & Tiki opened the batting. Unfortunately, Chucky lost his wicket via LBW on the last ball of the first over to a full, dipping, in-swinging ball. Praveen replaced Chucky at the batting crease. Tiki & Praveen settled into a 59 run partnership over 11 overs before Praveen lost his wicket 2 balls into the 13th over after hitting a splendid 6. Dalip came in next and scored a quick 13 runs in a 17 run, 3 over partnership with Tiki. Dalip was bowled 2 balls after the 15th over break. Skipper Andre replaced Dalip at the crease and quickly lost his wicket facing his 2nd ball via an LBW decision. So after 17 overs, Palm Beach Titans had 95 runs on the scorecard with 4 wickets lost. Anglin then strolled in while Tiki continued to anchor the innings. After a 6 over 5th wicket partnership with Anglin, opening off-strike batsman Tiki lost his wicket one ball into the 23rd over by a questionable LBW decision after scoring 38 runs. Nathan was next up and scored 6 runs before being caught out in the 27th over. Nagarjun replaced Nathan and seemed to settle in quickly with a boundary and a blistering 6 to cow corner before he was caught out at the boundary 3 balls after the 30 over break. Anglin & Nagarjun had a quick 4 over, 22 run partnership. New player Delroy Reid then made his batting debut for the squad by rotating the strike to the settled batsman, Anglin. After a solid 4 over, 18 run partnership, Anglin was bowled in the 35th over after scoring 39 runs. The remaining batsmen added 13 runs to the scorecard. After 37.2 overs, the Palm Beach Titans were bowled out for 183 runs. Batting highlights included Tiki with 38 runs as the innings anchor batsman, Anglin with an important, balanced 39 runs in the middle order along with 20 runs from Praveen as the 1-down batsman. Palm Beach Titans CC had to defend 183 runs in their bowling innings.
Anglin (aka Fireman) & Skipper Andre opened the bowling. The opening pair began with stingy 4 over spells on the trot. Anglin took first blood by removing the on-strike opening batsman with the 4th ball of his 3rd over with only 7 runs on the opposition’s scorecard. After the opening 7 overs, the opening bowlers only allowed a total of 18 runs. After his opening 4 over spell, Anglin only allowed 7 runs while Andre allowed 10 runs in his first 3 overs. Nagarjun and Nathan were the first change bowlers and were very efficient through the 15 over break. At that break, the opposition had 60 runs on the scorecard with only 1 wicket lost. Errol & Sanjay were the 2nd change bowlers. Sanjay was especially effective in this role, taking a total of 3 wickets on the day. Those wickets included the numbers 2, 3 & 4 batsmen. The most important of Sanjay’s 3 wickets was the removal of Ken Wright with his very first bowled ball via a catch by Nagarjun at long-off. Nagarjun took the meaningful wicket of Bert Davis in the 29th over. At the 30 over break, Tropics United scored 128 runs with 5 wickets lost. So, the Palm Beach Titans had to defend 56 runs in the final 10 overs (60 balls). The opening bowlers were brought back to continue the run defense at that point. The opening bowling pair continued their stingy bowling. Anglin had a spectacular second spell, bowling swinging Yorker after Yorker creating many dot balls in that last 10 overs. Skipper Andre as also effective with 2 wickets in his 2nd spell of the game including the wicket of B. Bowes (38 runs) with the first ball of his 6th over (34th over) via a catch by Chucky running in from long-on. After the opening bowlers completed their 8 over spells in the last 10 overs, the Titans were left to defend 17 runs in the final 2 overs. Nagarjun bowled the penultimate over and took a wicket with his very first ball of that 39th over. He was diligent in his bowling but was hit for 6 on his very last bowled ball of the over. That left the Titans with 8 runs to defend in the last over. Skipper Andre then brought in Nathan to bowl the very last over. He continued the team’s collective bowling effort allowing 3 leg byes, 1 run and a run-out (by Naga & Tiki) in his first 5 bowled balls. The opposition needed 4 runs with 1 ball remaining to win the match. Nathan bowled a beautiful dot ball on the last ball of the match sealing a thrilling 3 run Titans victory. Fielding highlights included 2 catches by Nagarjun and 2 wicketkeeper catches by Tiki but those highlights were overshadowed by 6 dropped catches in the innings. Bowling highlights included a 3 wicket haul by Sanjay, a spectacular stingy bowling spell by Anglin and collective, efficient bowling by the entire Titans bowling lineup. At the end of the innings, Tropics United scored 180 runs for 9 wickets lost at the end of 40 overs. Palm Beach Titans win by 3 runs. Palm Beach Titans CC Bowling details of the day are below:
Anglin – 8 overs, 0 maidens, 22 runs, 1 wicket.
Andre – 8 overs, 0 maidens, 40 runs, 2 wickets.
Nagarjun- 7 overs, 0 maidens, 30 runs, 2 wickets.
Nathan- 8 overs 0 maiden, 33 runs, 0 wickets.
Errol - 5 overs, 1 maiden, 17 runs, 0 wickets.
Sanjay – 4 overs, 0 maidens, 26 runs, 3 wickets
The Palm Beach Titans continued their 2017 South Florida Premiere League 40 over season with a victory over Tropics United. Batting highlights included Tiki with 38 runs as the innings anchor batsman, Anglin with an important, balanced 39 runs in the middle order along with 20 runs from Praveen as the 1-down batsman. Bowling highlights included a 3 wicket haul by Sanjay, a spectacular stingy bowling spell by Anglin and collective, efficient bowling attack by the entire Titans bowling lineup. Fielding highlights included 2 catches by Nagarjun and 2 wicketkeeper catches by Tiki. Critiques included several dropped catches (especially off batsmen that scored the majority of the runs for the opposition). The team improved on the number of wides bowled but there is always room for more improvement. The squad defended a low total and even though the match ended with an entertaining & thrilling victory, the team knows that small improvements off the field (aka practice) will allow massive improvements on the field in league matches going forward. With 3 games completed in the season’s 9 game regular season, the Palm Beach Titans CC have 2 wins and 1 loss. With strong teams on the horizon, the team looks forward to more entertaining games and balanced performances to aspire to a championship.