Ancients Rivalries Renewed: Omtex ICWC Ground Lights Up with League Resumption

The weekend kicked off in spectacular fashion as the League of Ancients resumed at the Saphale Omtex ground. The two matches witnessed were nothing short of a thrilling spectacle for sports enthusiasts.

In the first encounter between Ancients Aquilla and Ancients Draco, Ancients Aquilla emerged victorious, defeating Ancients Draco by a margin of 15 runs. Opting to bat first, Ancients Aquilla posted a competitive total of 167 runs in their allotted 20 overs, losing 9 wickets in the process. The standout performer for Ancients Aquilla was Sagar Kuwar, who exhibited his prowess with the bat, scoring a sublime 63 runs off 48 deliveries, comprising 5 boundaries and 2 towering sixes. Among the bowlers of Ancients Draco, Praveen Vaity, Pankaj, and Martin Rebello stood out, each claiming 2 wickets.

Despite a promising start to their chase, with Ancients Draco reaching 50 runs without loss in the first 6 overs, they faltered in the face of disciplined bowling by Ancients Aquilla’s bowlers, ultimately falling short by 15 runs. Sagar Kuwar, proving his mettle with both bat and ball, clinched the spotlight, scalping 2 crucial wickets while conceding a mere 13 runs in his two overs. His outstanding all-round performance earned him the well-deserved Man of the Match title.

In the second match of the day, between Ancients Scorpius and Ancients Lupus, the contest was marked by a low-scoring affair. Ancients Scorpius, batting first, were bundled out for a modest 122 runs in their stipulated 20 overs. Although Deepak V. Ram and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Dube displayed resilience with a commendable partnership, their efforts fell short as they could only muster a total of 122 runs. Bhushan Patil emerged as the shining star for Ancients Lupus with the ball, claiming an impressive 4 wickets while conceding a mere 9 runs in his spell of 3 overs.

Facing a relatively achievable target, Ancients Lupus stumbled early, losing 2 wickets for a mere 2 runs. However, Bhushan Patil, showcasing his prowess with the bat this time, steered his team out of trouble with an unbeaten half-century, scoring 50 runs off 47 deliveries, adorned with 6 boundaries and a towering six. Nitin More also contributed valiantly, adding 26 runs off 23 balls to the scoreboard. Bhushan Patil’s exceptional all-round display earned him the Man of the Match accolade.

As the thrilling day of cricket came to a close, Ancient Aquila on the top of the table and has one hand on the trophy an anticipation mounted for the final day of the tournament on Sunday, with two more enthralling matches yet to unfold. Stay tuned for more exhilarating cricketing action!

Brief Score: Ancient Aquila 167 for 9 (Sagar kuwar 63, Karan Menon 21, Pravin Vaity 18/2) beat Ancient Draco 152 for 8 (Ajinkya T 41, Sachin M 20, Sagar Kuwar 13/2) by 15 runs.

Ancient Lupus 125 for 4 (Bhushan Patil 50*, Nitin More 26, Raj B 14/2) beat Ancient Scorpius (Rishabh Dube 35, Deepak Vram 28, Bhushan Patil 9/4) by 6 wickets.

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