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Cricket Peru host Ambassador’s Cup competition

  Posted on: December 16th, 2013

On Sunday the 15th of December Cricket Peru hosted an “international” 11-a-side 10 over cricket competition played at Lima Cricket and Football Club. Teams representing the Indian, South African, UK and Australian embassies and led by their respective diplomatic envoys vied for the coveted Indian Ambassador’s Cup. Before the start of the day’s play, a minute’s silence was observed for Nelson Mandela, one of grassroot cricket’s greatest supporters.

The captains in discussion ahead of the tournament

The captains in discussion ahead of the tournament

The knockout competition first saw the UK come up against the cup holders Australia. The UK through a brisk batting performance led by Alex James, Miles Buesst and Mike Soulsby scored a day-high 133 off ten overs, leaving the Aussies with a daunting task to go through to the final. Australia kept up with the pace for the first part due to good performances by Nick Myers and Chris Mahoney. However the UK bowlers, especially Ian Roughton and Julian Walter, applied the screws to hold Australia to 94.

South Africa then batted first against India. The Indian bowling depth was on show as they restricted South Africa to 48 all out with Farooq stealing the show with a hat-trick and finishing with 3-3. Any SA hopes of restricting Indian scoring were obliterated as Shobit launched an assault and retired on 28 in the first over. India won by 10 wickets and with an amazing 42 balls to spare.

Thus SA was paired to face Australia for the 3rd/4th playoff where Australia elected to bat first. Australia was left reeling as Tony Sanford took a hat trick in the second over and finished with the outrageous figures of 5-10 off 3 overs. Nick Meyers and sundries again contributed heavily to leave SA with a target of 89. Australia’s bowling this time showed better control keeping the runs in check throughout the innings leaving SA on 5-55 with handy batting cameos from Pierre, Danny, Tony Sandford and Luis Paredes.

The main event took place just as the last of the bbq food was being heartily downed, the commentator had just done his three-game warm up and, the large colourful crowd was anticipating the showdown of the day.

Fresh from their heavy scoring in the first game, the UK elected to bat first and made a steady start with runs again coming from Alex James, Miles Buesst and Mike Soulsby. However a marginal decision and very tight varied bowling from the Indian team restricted the middle overs by taking regular wickets leaving the UK in a spot. A much needed rear-guard action from Hans de Witt (22) saw the UK get up to a competitive 75 all out. The Indian bowlers shared the wickets around with Suresh snaring three and Rahul, Sonu and Jaggi finishing with two apiece.

The UK bowlers initially did well, restricting the long Indian batting line-up however with all batsmen getting starts and the fine innings of Jaggi,  India gained the impetus to draw ever more closer to the total, reaching it in the final over with a four smashed to square leg. The shot sparked off jubilant scenes among the large Indian contingent in the crowd. No one was more jubilant than the Indian ambassador himself after regaining the trophy that had been missing from his cabinet for the past year.

Tony Sandford was awarded the performance of the competition for his bowling exploits and the man-of-the competition was player number 10 from India; himself being all the Indian side in reverence to Sachin Tendulkar.

Cricket Peru wishes to thank Juliet Solomon for her scoring, Roger Dunn for his umpiring and all those who helped make the day an unparalleled community and sporting success.