Last Sunday’s (Jan 18) second game of the 40/40 season got off to a nice start when Laguna won the toss against the call and decided to bat.
Laguna, not always the most aggressive of scorers, were playing a safe supporting role game on one end with Manish Sadarangani holding up supporting the free flowing batting of Irfan Sanga who was playing a run a ball innings.
Laguna trotted away to a 83/1 start which most would have considered a big score. However, some wickets fell as other Laguna batsmen failed to establish themselves in comparison to Irfan, and when clouds gathered, lightly at first, and then with a bang a storm rolled over from the south west and play was halted.
Laguna were still in a strong position with only a few down and in the 160s. More than 30 minutes passed and eventually lunch was called early and the teams went in to wait out the break amid a continuing downpour and with a nervous Irfan stuck on 92.
Play resumed at just after 2pm with rain reducing the game to 38 overs for both teams, and the wet ground slowed play and bowling attacks and the boundaries dried up.
However, Laguna was still able to post a respectable 250 with Irfan cracking his century in 99 balls before being bowled after one big shot too many.
ICC had it all to play for and were well in range of a required run rate with 50 on the board in just a few overs , but the change of bowling from the quicks bought immediate results and Manish S started his onslaught of 5 clean bowled wickets through a non-stop 8 overs spell with Roly Cooper holding up the other end.
In the end, the 5 wicket haul on a tough wet pitch was the undoing for ICC and the equation became too much with 139 required off the final 18 overs.
On a different pitch most would have put ICC in with a chance , but it wasn’t to be their day and eventually reached a respectable 175 , top scorer Ravi Naik at 31 was very good despite the conditions.
The game was played in good spirits from both sides and a great day was had by all players and spectators.