The Washington Senators - the team that drove the most miles to get to this tournament - hoped to make an impact in their opening match against a strong NY Destroyers team. Winning the toss, the Senators elected to bat. Anirudh Jonnavitula and Dharma Gade opened the innings for the Senators against the Destroyers’ starting pair of George Adams and Khaleem Bux and they put on a sedate start of 26 runs in 5 overs as they tried to get a measure of the slow Watsessing # 2 pitch. Dharma was the first to fall for 4 bowled off Khaleem Bux with the score on 27. Senators were also affected by the absence of
Meanwhile, Anirudh after having gained a measure of the pitch opened up with a couple of well-timed fours. However, Anirudh soon fell for a well made 32 off 35 balls - under trying conditions. Hard-hitting batsman Ankit Sehgal came in next and he found run-making hard as well as he played out several dot balls before being caught by skipper Barington Bartley off Dwayne Smith. Vijay Beniwal kept up the momentum established by Anirudh with two massive sixes. But he soon fell for 24 caught by Dennis Evans off Javain Thomas. Destroyers spinner Dwayne Smith came in to bowl next and he finished off the rest of the Senators batsmen - as each tried to slog their way out of trouble. Dwayne eventually finished with 4 wickets off 21 runs as the Senators limped to 109 for 8 off 20 overs. Only time would tell if this total was enough on the sluggish # 2 pitch to keep the Destroyers at bay.
The Destroyers opened with Dennis Evans and Akeem Dodson and soon displayed a range of strokes that are characteristic of Calypso flair. Akeem Dodson was the first to open the gates with a couple of boundary hits off Sudheer Reddy and Vijay Beniwal. But Vijay had his revenge in his very first over when he had Dodson caught by Dharma Gade for 8. The fall of Dodson’s wicket brought Zaheer Saffie and he joined hands with Dennis Evans to put on a clinical batting display. Fours and sixes rained as the two went about their business with minimal fuss. Senators captain Prasad Tumuluri did his best to stop the bleeding by rotating his bowlers around - but they were simply no match for the Destroyers’ batting. Dennis finally fell for 59 runs (off 42 balls) including 3 sixes and fours - just 2 runs short of the target and skipper Barington Bartley knocked off the remaining runs to complete an emphatic 8-wicket victory for the Senators.
Dennis Evans was awarded the man of the match for this brilliant 59 and the Destroyers next gear up for the established Global Challengers in tomorrow’s match.