It was a frustrating evening at Skyline University in the Final of the Victoria Weekdays Champions Cup. Not only the mosquitos were busy biting just about anything with a heartbeat, but Nexus Cricket Club also did a pretty good job of sinking their teeth into Dubai Exiles Cricket Club.
Harsh Udeshi finished with 61 off 47 balls
It was very close!
Exiles Cricket Club got off to a very good start, Varun Kumar and Harsh ‘Harry’ Udeshi had put 86 runs on the board before Varun’s wicket was taken just after the big hitter had reached 50. Varun was visibly annoyed with himself, but Exiles CC had got out of the blocks.
Varun Kumar finds a boundary
“Harry” also sent a few over the rope
A good start was the highlight of the Exiles Cricket Club innings. Vikram Nayak threatened to cut loose, but his wicket went for 11 runs, alongside ‘Harry‘ and Varun, Vikram was the only other Exiles’ batsman to reach double figures. When Harry’s wicket went, he’d scored 61 runs off 47 balls. Dubai Exiles Cricket Club had posted a score of 161 off their 20 overs. The total looked light by about 20 runs.
Varun contributed 50 off just 29 balls
Pratik Shettigar loosens up
Nexus Capital‘s batting order had been doing very well in recent matches, when opener M Ranesh went for a duck, caught by Harsh Udeshi off Sahil Mordani’s bowling you could feel the excitement and anticipation flow through the side.
Heading back to the pavilion
Richard Gunasekara takes a walk
Gone fore a wide…
Despite the early wicket of M Ranesh, the rest of the Nexus Cricket Club batting order had ideas to stick around at the crease. Fellow opener Toseef Qamar Tosi posted a very respectable 33 of 23 balls and wicketkeeper Sarmad Khan also provided stubborn resistance and a good score, 66 off 53 balls.
Ammad Siddiqui has a think
Aditya Khurana gets ready to bowl
One of only 3 Nexus Capital wickets to fall
In the end, it was left to Abey Saju and Muhammed Ifran bring Nexus CC over the finish line. Reaching their target of 162 with 8 balls to spare.
Dubai Exiles CC v Nexus Capital Cricket Club
Skyline Champions Cricket League (9th March 2021)