Day 2 Report: NuWare New Jersey T20 Fires Off On All Cylinders
Oct 04, 2008
The long awaited NuWare New Jersey Twenty20 tournament got off to a hesitant start amidst damp conditions in the morning. But as the sun came out, the players too started to shine. By noon, the stroke-play gained momentum and several half centuries adorned the scoreboards throughout the day.
At the beautifully prepared Mercer County Park, the North Jersey Renegades defeated the Philadelphia Terminators in the tournament's first upset. After bowling out the Terminators for 136, the Renegades went on to score the needed runs in 15.2 overs for the loss of just 5 wickets. The Philadelphia Terminators then came back strong and notched a victory against Mercer Warriors. The Warriors, chasing 129 to win, buckled for 90 in 17.3 overs after successfully restricting the Terminators to just 128 in 20 overs.
Over at the scenic Warinanco Park, the damp and cold conditions did not come in the way of the Argonauts' juggernaut. The Tri-State Argonauts were put to bat by Holmdel won the toss. After a sluggish start, the Argonauts got into rhythm and Shantharam Serukur and Rajat Dhingra put 38 together following which Shanth added 45 with Sharaz Baksh. Although Ramesh Saddagopan was run out owing to a miscommunication, Fazeh Abbasi with 27 off 15 balls and Timmy Thomas with 23 off 10 balls helped take the score to 161 for 7. In reply, the Holmdel Hurricanes reached 108.
After the Edison Cricket Club ground was damaged by an errant truck, the AM match there was shifted to the Colonial Park. After a delayed start, the Jersey Indians did well to restrict Connecticut Patriots to 114. With the Patriots at 92 for 3 at one stage, it seemed like they were going to reach at least 150 but five wickets fell in the space of 3.1 overs giving the Indians a huge advantage. The Indians paced their run-chase well and reached 117 in 18 overs. Just as the match was coming to an end, a previously scheduled Leukemia Walk event meant that the afternoon match had to be moved to Somerset Cavaliers' home ground. SomCav team got into action and ensured that the second match got underway with minimal disruption. Here, in a match reduced to 15 overs each, the Patriots got the formula right and raced to a 157/2 at a blistering 10 runs per over. In reply, the Somerset Cavaliers did their best to stay in the hunt but the match slowly slipped out of their hand as they ended their inning with 118 for 5 in the allotted fifteen overs.
Stuart Sports sponsored New York Knights and Peter Scot sponsored Jersey Indians are on the top of the leader board for Group A and Group B respectively with 4 points each. But both teams have just two games to go and must win both the games to finish among the top two sides. Tri-State Argonauts and North Jersey Renegades are closing in and on their heels are several other teams set to play their first games on Sunday.
Sunday's matches will be played at Weston Road 1 & 2 pitches, Mercer County Park Pitch 2, Colonial Park and South Brunswick (Veterans Park).
* Day 1 was rained out.
Detailed scorecards will be posted over the weekend on www.NJT20.com. More detailed match reports will appear on Monday.