August 2 matches

The arrival of August finally brought a day ideal for playing cricket, and the Eagles took full advantage of the good weather in recording their first win of the season. They beat the Superkings by 4 wickets in a match that ended up surprisingly close, after Waqas Ali and Ali Malik’s devastating opening spell reduced the Superkings to 9 for 5 after four overs. Rakesh Negi, helped by Mark Russell (8, including Mark’s first career six, beautifully struck over square leg),and Talha Riaz (25) led a good recovery. Rakesh made 36, and the Superkings were helped by 30 wides as they posted 109. Waqas Ali took 4/18, Ali Malik 3/8, and Khalid Rashid 3/19.
The Eagles made a steady start with Saqib Jalees (13) and Irtiza Dar (16) putting on 38 for the first wicket, and Khurram Shehzad (23) took the score to 71/2. The Superkings, thanks to Purvi Kalyan (3/19) fought back with three quick wickets, but steady batting from Nadeem Saqlain and Waqas Ali took the Eagles to a well deserved win.
Cricket NL thanks the SPCA for their agreement to co-operate on grass cutting and the loan of their mower when required.

July 25 matches
Cricket NL members are a dedicated group, and turned out to play three matches in dismal weather on Saturday. Amazingly, despite one of the worst summers on record, no games have yet been cancelled for weather. It was definitely a bowler’s day however, and there was some low scoring. The top performances of the day were Talha Riaz’s 5 wickets for 3 runs for the Superkings, and Senthil Selvamani’s 57 for the Avengers.

Superkings beat Tigers by 9 wickets
Tigers 26 all out
Rakesh Negi 3 wickets for 7 runs, Talha Riaz 5 wickets for 3 runs
Superkings 27/1

Avengers beat Eagles by 5 wickets
Eagles 91 all out
Saqeeb Jalees 29, Irtiza Dar 20
Nirmal Katagoda 3/11, Rahul 3/22
Avengers 92/5
Senthill Selvamani 57

Tigers beat Eagles by 5 wickets
Eagles 48 all out
Saad Jahangir 3 wickets for 14 runs
Tigers 49/5
Nazrul Shikon 23
Osama Anwer 3 wickets for 6 runs.

July 18 match

Avengers beat Superkings by 36 runs
The Avengers remain unbeaten after a 36 run win over the Superkings. Batting first,  a 59 run opening partnership between Senthil Selvamani (31)  and Fahad Ijaz (11) laid the foundation for a good total of 130/6. Rahul Vashishtha (28) Bharat Shetty (28 not out from 18 balls) made useful contributions, while Neelav Dhawan took 2/19 for the Superkings.
Gurman Khurana led the Superkings reply with an unbeaten 54, but tight bowling and good fielding with a couple of excellent catches kept the run rate down, and led to a comfortable victory. Senthil took two wickets in the opening over, and took 2/10. He was named man of the match.
Avengers 130/6
Senthil Selvamani 31, Rahul Vashishtha 28, Bharat Shetty 28; Neelav Dhawan 2/19
Superkings 94/5
Gurman Khurana 54*, Sentil 2/10
MoM: Senthil