After some gloomy weeks, finally Colorado got to see a nice Saturday morning with sunshine reflecting from the mountains. LCC-L hosted FCCC in Cornerstone Park and the temperature was absolutely perfect to play cricket. FCCC captain Naveen won the toss and elected to bat first. LCC-L, playing their first home game of this season, was really confident to make early inroads in the game and that came through Dhiren when he got Faiq bowled. There are some games within the games and this was one of that. After the last year premier championship final, when Faiq hit some lusty blows against Dhiren, everybody was looking for the dwell again. But this time Dhiren was the clear winner. Omar on the other hand was mixing caution with aggression. After some tight overs from Jay and Dhiren, Sundeep was brought into the attack. And he stuck immediately. Naveen, who tried to up the ante, could not clear mid-off of the bowling of Sundeep and well caught by Garnet. Just before the first drinks break, Bhavya got the prize scalp of Gopal trying to sweep a really full ball and caught in front of the stumps. Going to the drinks break three down for 42 runs in 13 overs was something LCC-L had hoped for.
After the break, Bhavya stuck immediately by a brilliant piece of stumping by Dharam. The kind of stumping you used to see in TVs. Omar was trying to sweep and to regain his balance, lifted his foot for a fraction of a second and Dhram whipped the bails off. That was one smart piece of wicket-keeping to get a dangerous batsman out. The next batsman, Gautham, didn't last long and was the third victim of the wily leggy. Then, the veterans of the league, Dipal and Rajesh stitched a 52 runs partnership which brought FCCC back into the game. Dipal was more severe on the bowlers and hit a 57 ball 50. Just when they were looking to take the game away, Jay stuck by a well-directed bouncer to Rajesh. A few overs later, Raj took Dipal's wicket caught at long-on. And Ajay didn't allow to wag the FCCC tail by taking the last two wickets. It was a great effort by the LCC-L bowlers to restrict a formidable FCCC batting to a below par 131 runs.
LCC-L started their chase by now-everybody-knows first ball boundary by Dhiren. The other opener, Ajay, didn't last long and got out caught behind of the bowling of Naman. But, that didn't stop Dhiren to play his shots and the LCC-L 50 came in just 5th over. Dhiren scored 40 of them. But then, Warren was brought into the attack and he got Dhiren's wicket by a good bumper. Jay and Dharam took the score to 76 for 2 at the first drinks break.
After the break, Warren got Jay and Bodha's wicket in quick succession and brought the game in balance. But, some sensible batting by Dharam and some good running by Sundeep made sure LCC-L reach the target without much drama. LCC-L won the match by three wick