One Short – JCL Round 5 Report
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Bhanuka Ranathunga and Milinda Sanjaya were the stars with the ball in a shortened Round Five as rain influenced most of the weekend’s play.
Max had a big bonus point win over the struggling Tokyo Falcons pushing themselves into the top four.
Ranathunga tore right through the Falcon’s order, not allowing any batters to settle in. He took an impressive six wickets for just 15 runs, bowling the Falcons out for 110 in under 32 overs. Karthik Vellingri came in at three and batted through the innings but unfortunately, no one in his team could stick around scoring 34*.
Hanif Niazi didn’t waste any time as he was the only batter that made it look easy that day, scoring a quick 69 before he fell. Max reached the total despite making it tougher than it should’ve been. Nevertheless, they got there in the 24th over, completing the three-wicket bonus point win.
The Tokyo Rangers leapfrog to the top of the JCL Standings with their win over the Chiba Sharks.
The first innings was a rollercoaster for both teams, having periods where each team looked on top. Vinoth Takoor held the batting innings together, scoring a steady 53 with support from Kasun Ganesh (34). On the other side, Shark’s Hamid Bacha had a great bowling performance taking five for 29 and helping his team to bowl out the Rangers for 175 in the 39th over.
Having to deal with an under-par score, the Rangers had a superb start dismissing some key batters early. The Sharks counterpunched, however, with a 54-run partnership between Marcus Thurgate (40) and Muneeb Siddique (27). Sanjaya, who has been dominating the JCL with the ball so far, had his best performance yet with MVP figures of six for 28. He propelled his side to a 66-run win, bowling the Sharks out in the 32nd over and claiming a bonus point.
Points Table: HERE