Surrey Indoor League: Super Sixers beat Worcester Park to make semis!
Last Sunday, the Surrey Indoor Cricket League resumed. In these post-Christmas matches, the very best teams from our 3 Regional Divisions (held at Wimbledon, Guildford and Leatherhead) are pitted against each other, to determine who will be the Surrey Indoor County Champion.
This weekend saw our 4 quarter final matches. All of the games were tight contests, and we witnessed so many twists and turns in the evening it was hard to keep up.
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Quarter Final 2: Worcester Park V Super Sixers
This game put one of our “home” quarter finalists – Worcester Park CC – up against the power-hitting Super Sixers.
The former have a fantastically balanced side, especially in their bowling attack – bowlers who seam, swing and spin both ways. Super Sixers have an ulta-aggressive approach to their cricket – hitting the pitch hard and hitting the ball hard, to great effect! At their best they are close to unstoppable, but they have the odd hiccup....and in knockout competition this can be dangerous!
Batting first, Sixers were rocked by 3 early wickets Worcester Park did a fine job in the first half of the innings. With Faller-Frisch striking early, Super Sixers were forced into their shells. Spin was introduced early on, with left-armers Mike Arundel and Aiden Bell finding a nagging length, and causing the batsmen big problems.
Wickets fell regularly at one end, but Super Sixers’ Yasir Ahmed was unaffected at the other. He produced a near-textbook example of how to build an indoor innings. He contrasted deft shots to the corner with authoritative punches down the ground. Every stroke he player en route to 45 not out (30 balls, 3 fours and 1 six) was kept under control.
Waqar Zulqarnain was the other big scorer, making 43, with a few more higher-risk shots. The two combined to score 85% of the team’ total. Worcester Park waited for the crucial final wicket, but couldn’t make it happen – despite several near-misses. They were brilliantly disciplined, conceding only 3 wides in the 12-over innings!
Final total: 108. A good recovery, but definitely chaseable!
Super Sixes opened with a combination of pace and spin, and were locked in an intriguing battle with the WP openers. After 3 overs (18-0), the game was finely poised. Then, a big break.
Usman Tahir forced Faller-Frisch into playing too soon, and the ball was finally caught one-handed (a fine effort, after the ball had bounced around the ceiling). Later in the over, Wilkinson was caught on the crease, given LBW to a skidding ball that went straight on.
WP captain Stuart Bradshaw and Mike Arundell steadied the ship, scoring at around 6 per over. Despite looking in good touch, as the run rate spiralled they struggled to force the pace. Eventually the mounting pressure resulted in Bradshaw being run out – sent back after a “yes, no” call. Super Sixers then went on the attack against the new batsmen.
Ahmed Waseem was introduced into the attack, and his extra pace got the ball flying past the bat. He picked up the wicket of Arundell (bowled) and Bell (LBW), killing off any late resistance from Worcester Park. They were eventually bowled out in the 11th over, for 82.
Super Sixers win by 26 runs. In the end, it seemed they have plenty of breathing space. However, for large parts of the game, Worcester Park had them on the ropes. In the semi-final, they will have to maintain discipline for longer. But….when they were good, they were very good!
Expect an exciting contest next week. Thank you to Worcester Park for playing this season in a great spirit!