The Morrisville Lions repeated as Premier League (40-over) Tournament Champions in the Triangle Cricket League. The Lions (seeded fourth) faced third-ranked Durham Bulls in the championship. They won the toss and put the Bulls in to bat first on a pitch that was expected to make batting difficult.
Expectations held, and the Bulls were bowled out for a relatively low total of 110 runs in 38.2 overs. The Lions were able to reach the winning total of 111 for the loss of 4 wickets in 15.3 overs. Vikram Ravikumar contributed 50 of the Lions’ runs with his bat and was not out at the close of the innings. He was named Man of the Match (MoM).
In the semifinals, the Lions faced the undefeated and #1-seeded Cheetahs, who had won the regular-season. Lions batted first, making 179 all out in 37.2 overs. Top batsman for Lions, and MoM, was Ganesh Karthik Bonata with 48 runs; he was assisted by Sesha Sai Ventrapragada with 42 and Richie Persaud with 38. The Cheetahs were all out for 97 runs, their only PL loss of 2017.
In the other semifinal, Bulls knocked off the #2 seed Khalil Memorial Tigers. Ankit Mehta of the Bulls took 5 wickets helping to hold the Tigers to 91 runs in 21.4 overs. The Bulls scored 92 runs for the loss of 4 wickets to move on to the finals. Mehta was named MoM.
Finals for the T20 (20-over) tournament took place after press time. The opponents were the T20 squads of the same two teams in the PL finals, Durham Bulls (#8) and the Morrisville Lions (#2). Next month’s report will provide complete coverage of the T20 tournament.
The descriptions of the two different leagues (40-over and 20-over) indicate the lengths of the matches. An over in cricket is six legal deliveries of the ball to the batsman. In a 40-over match each side has the opportunity to score as many runs as it can from 240 legal deliveries (plus any penalties or runs made on illegal deliveries, which don’t count toward the overs).
A 20-over match is half as long as that. A couple of months ago CSN goofed and the terms were edited incorrectly to appear to be an age limit, like over-20 (like U19). Ron Knight