Titans Shake Off The Cobwebs
Walt H. Rambaransingh | Date 09/09/12
After a mistake ridden loss at Port Saint Lucie & an abandoned game due to Hurricane Isaac to begin the 2012 40 over campaign, the Titans rebounded to win its first game of the season against Lauderhill United in a shortened game due to a soaked field. After the toss, the Titans were put in to field after a one and a half hour delay which shortened the game to a 28 over game.
After a sloppy first 3-4 overs that provided way too many wide balls and 3 dropped catches (all on Krishna’s bowling), Skipper Tiki brought the team together to bring the focus back to playing solid Titans cricket. That short team meeting provided the spark to the team for the remainder of the innings as very few wide balls were bowled in the remainder of the innings & no more catches were dropped. Titans bowled out the Lauderhill United team for 115 runs in 24 overs. Fielding highlights included a blistering, sensational catch by Tanmay at cover that caused the rest of the team to erupt in ecstatic joy. Chucky also took a sweet catch off his toes at square leg in his usual diving fashion. Bowling highlights included:
Atif 4 wickets for 20 runs in 6 overs
Krishna 2 wickets for 26 runs in 5.2 overs
Tanmay 2 wickets for 15 runs in 6 overs
Santosh 1 wicket for 7 runs in 3 overs
Cyril 1 wicket for 15 runs in 2 overs
The Titans had to chase 115 runs on a wet field after the first innings.
The Titans began the run chase with last season’s league 40 over top 2 batsmen, Chucky & Dalip. After a 15 run opening partnership, Dalip was bowled in the 4th over after scoring 3 runs. Krishna then came in and had a 36 run partnership with Chucky before being bowled after scoring 4 runs. Tanmay then came in and had a short partnership with Chucky before Sachith was out LBW after scoring 35 runs. Skipper Tiki then entered and partnered with Tanmay to bring the game within reach before Tanmay got bowled after scoring 20 runs. After Tanmay left, the Titans needed 34 runs to win. Atif came in to bat and left a couple balls later for duck. Cyril helped Tiki bring the game within victory with a solid partnership. Cyril was caught out after scoring 9 runs when the game was tied. New Titan Santosh then came in to bring home the win. The game was over after Skipper Tiki hit a sweet 6 to end the game. TITANS WIN BY 4 WICKETS WITH 35 BALLS REMAINING.
Many lessons to learn and many improvements that need to be made were the theme after this game