The 2021 edition of the NPCA 50 – over League kicked off on 11th July with matches below the Super League in Division I divided into two groups, namely A and B and Division II.
A spirited all round performance saw Wolves Cricket Club accumulate 221 runs that set the stage for their mammoth 137 – run win over Kanbis Sports Club Development.
Put in to bat, Wolves faltered slightly at 2/15 in just 4.4 overs, a firing Jagdish Kabariya claiming both openers, including Prashant Rathod who went for a golden duck off the first delivery of the innings.
However, they recovered soon after with Kinjal Patel constructing a steady 41 runs off 66 balls in a 73 – run partnership for the fourth wicket with Shaishav Patel (37 off 39.) Paras Khetiya (31 off 22) and Pradeep Kumar Ganesan who remained unbeaten on 24 runs off 25 balls also made contributions with the bat but Suresh Kerai plucked 4/44 to ensure the hosts are dismissed in just 35.4 overs.
Vinay Kerai picked 2/61 off 6 overs with Jagdish Kabariya finishing on 2/19 off five overs.
In reply, a combined bowling and fielding performance ensured that the Kanbis Development side were bowled out for 84 runs inside 25 overs. Only Jagdish Kabariya with 28 runs off 35 balls and Vinay Kerai (11 off 18 balls) managed double figures.
Shaishav Patel (3/12), Vinod Subramaniam (3/12) and Kinjal Patel (2/10) were the pick of the bowlers for Woves CC.
In the other match of the day, Stray Leopards Cricket Club ‘B’ beat rivals Swamibapa Sports Club Developmentby 80 runs after bowling them out in 32.5 overs.
The Stray Leopards batted out their innings after being put in, finishing on 9/142 off their fifty overs.
The Leopards dragged themselves out of the first power play with 3/19, stitching together partnerships in spite of the constant tumbling of wickets.
Girish Chingapurath held one end producing 34 runs from 79 balls with the other contributions coming from Vivek Menon (24 off 33 balls) and Rashesh Adhyaru (23 off 90 balls.)
Krish Haria (3/13) and Rajan Limbani (2/35) led with the wickets for Swamibapa.
Swamibapa were rocked in reply, Ajnesh Yadav (4/12) and Rashesh Adhyaru (3/31) combining to wipe out the middle over.
Mandeep Libani was the only batsman to get to double figures of 18 off 27 balls for Swamibapa.