SKD All-Stars and SFF cricket team looked fresh and ready before the game with new faces all around on a bright sunny Saturday morning. Flipping of a coin favored SFF captain and hence, opted to bat first. Both the teams are playing their first game of the tournament and wanting to start well with a win, both the teams entered the ground with a highly motivated, energetic cheer. SFF commenced their batting slow and steadily with no loss of wicket until the power play ended. They did not quite use the first mandatory power-play as they would have liked for they only managed to score at around a run-rate of 6. Dilip Subba, making his return to cricket after almost half a decade, seemed to be not in control with the ball at all in his first over.
However, Mikyo from the School end, started really well, conceding only few runs in his first two overs. After the power-play was completed, spin was brought in by Captain Jigme. Daniel’s off spin troubled a few batsmen and, Tobden from the other end built the same momentum.
Tobden took the first wicket of Rinchen Dorji, with a score of 3 runs in his name, but the main batsman who was troubling the bowlers was Pradeep Gajmeer, a veteran, playing with a lot of experience and confidence. Captain Jigme introduced himself to bowl from the workshop end and ended up conceding 18 runs in his first over, with three huge sixes from Pradeep. Pradeep engineered a personal score of 55 from 38 balls and looked to be in good Knick until he was found caught by Daniel at mid-off regiou trying to go for a big shot in Phuntsho Wangdi’s bowling.
Phuntsho Wangdi, a former BTCL player with huge experience, now playing from SKD All-Stars still got it. The match seemed to be favoring both the teams, with some batsmen scoring a good amount of runs and a few bowlers from SKD bowling decently. Nirmal Mandal, coming in after their first fall of wicket, played his part and scored a valuable 35 runs from 39 balls. SKD All-Stars’ fielders were found to be sloppy in the field when SFF batsmen stole a few runs, making singles into doubles and doubles into triples. At the end of the first innings, SFF were all out for 173 in 20 overs with the loss of 7 wickets. Pick of the bowlers from SKD were, Tobden and Mikyo, taking 3/21 and 2/16 wickets respectively in their 4-over spell.
Daniel and Ugyen Dorji opened the batting for SKD All-Stars. However, it wasn’t a start SKD wanted to have. Daniel was out caught and bowled by Anup Tamang in the second over. Tobden Singye went in after Daniel’s wicket and the momentum was changed in favor of SKD. These two batsmen shared a good chemistry and a partnership of 67 runs before Tobden fell for 39 runs.
72 runs on board with the fall of two wickets, SKD required 102 runs when captain Jigme joined Ugyen Dorji in the middle. But Jigme couldn’t make his mark, getting out cheaply for 4 runs and the pressure was back at SKD. SSF team gained the momentum but their main drawback was drop catches that costed their game. A number of catch drops were seen from sloppy SFF fielders, helping Mikyo change the game for SKD. Mikyo played a winning knock of 45 runs from 22 balls hitting massive sixes despite drop catches from the opposition. SKD’s 8th and 9th batsmen Sherab Jamtsho and Sonam Jamtsho finished the game for SKD at the 18th over with a flat six from the former Jamtsho over mid-wicket region.
SKD All-Stars bagged a win today against SFF, and it was a close match to have witnessed with interesting performance from both the teams. Mikyo was named the Tashi Cell Man of the Match for his outstanding 45 runs at a strike rate of 204.5 and taking two crucial wickets in his 4-over spell.
In the afternoon, match 7 was played between True Warriors and Under 19 Arrows. True Warriors had familiar faces in the team, whereas Under 19 Arrows consisted mostly under 19 players supported by 3 over-sea players from Assam, India. True Warriors won the toss and chose to bat first. It was a difficult day for True Warriors batsmen, as all the batsmen had a tough time scoring runs for the team. It was a day for the bowlers, as Arrows took all 10 wickets in just 15.4 overs, leaving True Warriors with a low total of 59 runs. Wangchuk was the highest run getter from True Warriors with 12.
Tashi Phuntsho took 3/3 in his 3 over spell and was among the best bowlers. Gokul Kumar and Tshering Penjor took 2/8 and 2/4 respectively in their bowling spell. With the target of 60, the Arrows started well with Ugyen Dorji and Gokul Kumar scoring runs all over the square. Gokul and Ugyen Dorji scored highest runs for Arrows with 28 in 27 and 17 in 13 balls. Under 19 Arrows won the match easily by 8 wickets and Tashi Phuntsho who had an outstanding spell of 3/3 in 3 overs was named the Tashi Cell Man of the Match.
SKD All-Stars and Under 19 Arrows, two new teams registered for the first time in BCCBT20 Cup, made their mark with wins on their first take of the tournament.