Walt H. Rambaransingh | Date 08/21/16
On a spritely day, the Titans continued their 2016 South Florida Premiere League 20 over campaign. Game 3 of the 2016 SFPL 20 over regular season would be played against St. Lucie CC at Tradewinds Park. The team looked to continue their decent form of the early T20 season. Titans CC won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Tanmay & Errol opened the bowling. The first wicket of the opposition’s skipper occurred 4 balls into Tanmay’s opening over with an edge back to Titans wicketkeeper Tiki Singh. Errol only bowled 2 overs before the first change bowlers of Nathan & Andre came on to do their share. Both first change bowlers were a bit more expensive than they usually are but both were able to take 1 wicket each. Errol took a stunning diving catch at slip to remove the other opening batsman, giving Nate his only wicket of the match. Bharat & Walt came in as 2nd change bowlers. Bharat had an efficient 2 over spell removing the #3 & #4 batsman via catches from Andre & Nathan, respectively. Walt was able to add 2 wickets to his season tally via 2 more stumpings from wicketkeeper Tiki Singh. Bowling highlights included 2 wicket hauls from Bharat & Walt. Fielding highlights included a sensational catch by Errol at slip to remove the non-strike opening batsman along with other catches by Andre, Nathan & Bharat (that’s right, I said Bharat) along with 2 stumpings by Tiki. At the end of the innings, St. Lucie CC scored 138 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs. Titans CC Bowling details of the day are below:
Tanmay – 4 overs, 0 maidens, 34 runs, 1 wicket.
Errol - 2 overs, 0 maidens, 18 runs, 0 wickets.
Nathan- 4 overs, 0 maidens, 33 runs, 1 wicket.
Andre- 4 overs 0 maidens, 28 runs, 1 wicket.
Bharat - 2 overs, 0 maidens, 6 runs, 2 wickets.
Walt – 4 overs, 0 maidens, 18 runs, 2 wickets.
Prateek & Nathan opened the batting. As soon as the opening batsmen walked to the crease to begin the run chase, the lightning alarm sounded and ceased on-field play. By the time the clear alarm sounded, there was only about 45 minutes of possible game time left. The umpires advised us that the Titans batting unit had to bat at least 5 overs to constitute a game & score at least 7 runs an over to win the game. 7 overs of a Titans batting inning was fit into the 45 minutes & the batting unit scored 60 runs after that 7 overs. That was obviously above the 7 required runs per over needed. Tiki & Chucky scored 12 & 17 runs respectively. Naga hit a powerful 6 to end the game in the 7th over. Titans CC win by 7 wickets. So the Titans won by scoring at least 7 runs an over in a 7 over batting spell and won the game by 7 wickets.
The Titans’ 3rd game of their South Florida Premiere League 20 over campaign displayed solid bowling, decent fielding & necessary batting in limited overs. Bowling highlights included 2 wicket hauls for Bharat & Walt while the game’s ultimate fielding highlight was Errol’s catch at slip. The batting unit did what was needed. Critiques included a couple of dropped catches, a missed stumping & some fielding overthrows. As we begin a 3 weekend break from competition, The Titans are content with their 3 wins in 3 games to begin their South Florida Premiere League 20 over campaign but realize much more will be needed in future season games & competition.