A few lucky folks witnessed a gem of partnership from Kervyn Dimney and Murugappan Meyyappan on June 8 at the Lower Garden Acres in Colorado.
In a Twenty20 match between Colorado Springs Cricket Club and Boulder Cricket Club, Kervyn scored 142 not out from 71 balls. The Colorado Cricket League president added 217 runs for the second wicket along with Murugappan Meyyappan whose score on the day was 64 off 49 balls falling in the last over. The duo scored all the runs that came off the willow for their side. 19 runs came from extras. Two other batsmen fell for a duck.
Kervyn Dimney smashed
4 fours and 13 sixes
Their spectacular partnership has now staked a strong claim for a List A record for second wicket (or any wicket) in Twenty20.
The highest individual score in Twenty20 is held by Brendon McCullum, who scored 158 from 73 balls for his Kolkata Knight Riders when they played Bangalore Royal Challengers in the recent IPL Twenty20. The highest international Twenty20 score is by Chris Gayle who scored 117 from 57 balls against South Africa in Johannesburg.
Vikas Chugh (CSCC Twenty20 Captain) chose to bat first after winning the toss and Kervyn opened the innings with Suresh Joshi. BCC who has had a great 2008 season was good to chase any score. And after Suresh fell in the second over to Amin, BCC rejoiced, but did not realize that a blitzkrieg was brewing.
In Kervyn's first Twenty20 match in the 2008 season, and this was to be one of those days when he just could not go wrong. Kervyn chose the right deliveries and was clearing the boundary effortlessly. A total of 110 runs came from boundaries - the pyrotechnics included eight fours and thirteen sixes.
Murugappan Meyyappan joined Kervyn and continued his great T20 form making 50 off 38 deliveries and losing his wicket only in the final over by which time he had scored a quick-fire 64 from 49 balls.
BCC's batting started very positively. They were keeping up with 10 runs an over or so run rate until the 8th over. Their top-order batsmen kept them well in the hunt. Left handed opener, Ethan Hart from BCC played a splendid knock pulling anything on the wicket to square leg or mid-wicket boundaries. He was eventually out top edging a skier to Vikas Chugh at short mid-on who took the crucial catch. Shankar Kolappan, Amit Gandhi and Amit Bahri kept chipping at the target and got a few boundaries while keeping BCC in chase.
Narayan Madabusi and Kervyn Dimney, coming in first and second change bowled a good line and length to bring down BCC scoring rate a bit. Mohammed Younas (playing after few seasons), Praveen & Vicky got to bowl a few overs and bowled well keeping the scoring under the required rate. BCC played fearlessly and showed their great batting talent but the ask was too great and they ended their innings at 175 for five.
The day belonged to the President of the league.
Courtesy: CCL [Suresh Joshi]