Newcomers, the Kuckreja Boks took out the 2016 C&C Marine cricket 8’s at the ACG on Sunday with strong performances against the Island Cricket Club (ICC) and the Phuket Blasters.
The penultimate day got underway on a damp ACG with light drizzle falling. The slippery conditions worked in favor of the batting side. The Boks amassed a league high 1/165, H.Jordaan 84* (42), H.McDonald 36* (15).
A place in the final was the reward for the winner. ICC threw everything at the Boks early to reach 0/51 after 5 overs. The wheels fell off the ICC wagon in the 6th over with the loss of 2 wickets. ICC batted through their 16 overs, finishing their season with a 57 run loss.
In the second game the top of the table Phuket Blasters didn’t have it all their own way against the winless Patong. In the rain affected match the Black Horses put in their strongest performance of the season churning out 6/99 from their 12 overs. Stuart Hamilton 20 (17), Neil Quail 20 (11).
Needing 8.25 runs per over to win, the Blasters lost Manish Sadarangani (8*) to an injury early. Off the next ball Neil Quail bowled Master Blaster Ali Khan. Sameer Khan’s experience got the Blasters to the target with just 3 balls to spare. Blasters 2/103 (11.2), S.Khan 34*(26), Iqbal Malik 20 (10).
The final C&C Marine table-
The Kuckreja Boks sent the Phuket Blasters in to bat first in the C&C Marine final. After watching the Boks score 165 runs in the morning, the Blasters sent their 2 biggest hitters out to bat at 1 and 3. Ali Khan (14) was the first wicket to fall followed shortly after by Iqbal Malik (8). The Boks strong bowling line-up didn’t provide any respite for the Blasters batsmen, restricting them to 3/52 at the 8 over drink break. 3 wickets fell in 3 overs after the break, then Blasters eventually all out 85 from 12.5 overs. Rishi Sadarangani 18 (18), H.Jordaan 2/10, E.Jacobs 2/13.
Chasing the lowest C&C Marine 8’s total this season wasn’t too hard for the in-form Boks. 2 LBW decisions in the first 2 overs brought the small ACG crowd to life but Patrick Morton and Anthony Van Blerk weren’t about to let the cup slip away. The two combined for 70 runs partnership passing the Blasters total with 5.3 overs to spare. Boks 2/87 (10.2 overs), Morton 33* (27), Van Blerk 18* (13).