TCS 104 all out

UCC 106 for 3

UCC won by 7 wickets

In a high-quality game against some talented opponents, The Blues held their nerve to defeat TCS and draw level with them at the top of the league table. After winning the toss and choosing to field first, UCC took a couple of early wickets but struggled to contain some aggressive batting from Mitchell Zilm and Hamish LePlastrier who took the score to 89 from 15 overs. However, when Zilm (43) was dismissed by Adharsh Kennedy-Ganesh then, immediately afterwards, Jeffrey Ing produced an outstanding running catch on the boundary to dismiss LePlastrier for 31, TCS folded in the face of an energised fielding performance to be bowled out for 104. Akash Kennedy-Ganesh (3) and Karman Cheema (2) were again among the wickets and Adharsh Kennedy-Ganesh also claimed 2 victims.

As UCC began their reply, LePlastrier and Zilm turned their talents to bowling and put immediate pressure on The Blues’ batsmen. Rob Dean fell victim to his second great ball in two days, then Laclan Rigby (14) and Akash Kennedy-Ganesh (10) showed great composure to resist some quality bowling. When they were dismissed, vice-captain Faiz Khwaja (36 not out), and captain Josh van Marken (21 not out) still required 50 runs to win. The pair batted responsibly, curbing their attacking instincts but maintaining the required scoring rate in the face of some accurate bowling. As the target came within reach, the pair accelerated their scoring to complete what looked like a comfortable victory with 6 overs remaining; the reality was less straightforward, with the boys digging deep to grind out a win that puts the team on course to retain the CISAA trophy.