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IPSL whip Air Liquide in Industrial Cricket League

Saturday, May 4 2013

IPSL’s MX division had a successful start to their SIS Super 10 Industrial Cricket League campaign when they defeated Air Liquide Trinidad Limited by four-wickets at the Plipdeco Grounds, Point Lisas, on Thursday.

Batting first, Air Liquide were led to 55 runs for the loss of seven wickets after their 10 overs. R. Doon was their best batsman as he piled on 23. His knock included two of the three sixes in Air Liquide’s innings as he guided his team to a defendable total. Annand Singh did the most damage for MX, bagging an impressive three wickets for just eight runs in his two overs.

In reply, IPSL MX was steered to a victorious 57 for six by Singh and Nazudeen Mohammed, who blasted 17 runs from the last over. The run- chasers got off to a disastrous start losing their first two wickets for just seven runs. K. Joseph (14) joined opener Miguel Pustam (12) as the pair consolidated with some intelligent batting and got their team to 30 runs before their partnership was broken in the sixth over, Pustam being bowled by Dave Mahabir. MX then lost three wickets in quick succession that left them needing 17 runs from the last over. With all to play for, MX kept their composure and got the required runs in spectacular fashion as Singh and Mohammed blasted two sixes and two fours in the last over, getting to their mark with four wickets in hand. Singh was named Man of the Match.

This was Air Liquide’s second successive loss as they prepare to face a strong SIS team in their next fixture.

In Tuesday’s third round matches, Nu Iron snatched a last over three-wicket win over IPSL AUM at California Grounds. The latter were sent in to bat first and seemed to be struggling with just 23 runs on the board after five overs. However, Satish Goolcharan stepped in and took control of the innings with his knock of 30, propelling his team to a fair 83 for five after their 10 overs faced.

In their turn at the crease, Nu Iron also had a shaky start but opener Akeef Mohammed ensured his team remained in the run chase when he slammed 50 runs, which included six sixes.

Nu Iron needed seven runs from the last two overs and could taste victory but Goolcharan returned with the ball to bowl a maiden over that claimed two wickets, including that of top scorer Mohammed.

A costly failed run out attempt from the AUM captain in the last ball of the last over allowed Nu Iron to get the two runs needed to secure their first victory of the competition, by three wickets.

Over at Plipdeco Ground on Tuesday, TTEC continued their dominant performance. Fresh off the heals of their 56-run victory over Arcelor Mittal, the electricity men scored their second successive ton as they overhauled Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited with ease.

Captain Devindra Kangal was joined by M Sirju after losing their first wicket with the score on 10 in the first over as the pair ran roughshod over PPGPL’s bowling scoring 40 and 50 respectively. TTEC looted a daunting 119 runs from PPGPL thanks mainly to both batsmen.

In reply, PPGPL lost their first wicket with just four runs on the board but never stood a chance. Wickets crumbled in quick succession as PPGPL could only manage 21 runs before running out of batsmen after only 5.2 overs. Mohammed copped the Man of the Match award.

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