Justin Matthew’s gritty 34 & the keeper, Nitin Gupta’s 6 catches help Emerio CC beat Indorama CC by 20 runs in a low scoring game

The Texmoda JCA League 2016-17 season, kicked off today with Ceylon CC & Emerio CC winning their respective Division 2 games. In order to account for what is threating to be a very wet year ahead, the JCA has created an innovative, mixed-format league for the year, with an equal mix of 35 over & T20 games.

The first game of the day saw Emerio CC locking horns with Indorama CC on their home turf at the Purwakarta cricket ground. Emerio CC would have immediately regretted their decision to bat first on a slow, grassy & damp outfield as they lost their opener in the 3rd over. Palwinder & Nitin stabilized the innings with a brief partnership. But the introduction of spin in the form of Ashish Khaitan (2/25) sparked a collapse as he along with Abhishek Sharma (2/23) & Sandeep Kakkar (4/34) ripped the heart out of Emerio CC’s middle-order and had them in deep trouble at 76/8. The entry of Emerio CC’s star of the day, Justin Matthew (34) & his attacking, 41run partnership with skipper Anjaneyulu Katta ensured Emerio CC bowlers had some runs to fight with as they finished at 117 all out in 25.3 overs.

Indorama CC, the happier side at the break, started cautiously fending off a probing opening spell. But, Maneesh Dubey (2/20) got Shailesh caught behind (one of the 6 catches taken by the keeper, Nitin Gupta) & bowled Vinod (13). Indorama kept losing wickets regularly, thereafter & once Karthik (2/27) accounted for the veterans Srikkanth & Vishwajit, things were looking ominous. The last wicket put on a fighting 21 runs, but Sujoy got rid of Sudhir to calm some tense nerves and take Emerio CC to their first win. “It was good to prevail winners in a low-scorer” said Anji, Emerio’s captain.

Thanks to Venkatesh & Sakti from Metro Indians for umpiring the game