North California cricketers get first taste of Last Man Stands
This past weekend four teams took part in the first LMS tournament in the USA. The games were warmly hosted by Napa Valley CC and Marin CC. It was a unique competition that included the following:
*England International Nick Compton flying in from London;
*Compton CC flying in from LA;
*Late entrants Sonoma Gullies winning the event;
*The experienced Jim Pitman from Marin CC making the Tournament Dream Team;
*Phil Bourke from Napa Valley running a three on his LMS debut.
What more could you ask for, well we also welcomed Nick Compton to our ever growing llist of International players who have adorned a LMS Jersey.
Our very own Wayne Greve attended the event and this is what he had to say:-
The tournament got off to a fantastic start on Saturday morning at Calistoga which is home to the Napa Valley Cricket Club.
Game 1 of the day saw the hosts Napa Valley CC up against the Sonoma Gullies. Sonoma Gullies won the toss and decided to bowl first. The Sonoma Gullies field placings were not as attacking as their name would suggest but this was understandable with the likes of Phil Bourke walking to the crease. The Napa Valley openers got off to a superb start but after 3 overs they were already calling on the 9th Man to bring on water supplies. Napa finished up on 147 from their 20 overs. This looked to be a par score. In reply the Sonoma Gullies started conservatively but the arrival of Â Sushil Kumar coincided with an increase in movement of vehicles in the car park. Sonoma Gullies ended up chasing the score down with a few overs to spare.
Game 2 of the day the Sonoma Gullies continued their dominant form with another convincing win. This time over the Marin Socials. Despite the loss the Marin socials skipper, Jim "The Pitbull" Pitman was quickly becoming a crowd favourite with the bat, ball and gloves in his hand!
Game 3 saw the arrival of Nick Compton and Compton CC. They were up against the Marin Socials who appeared to be much stronger on paper after dropping Wayne Greve from their line up. Marin CC bounced back well in this match with a convincing 33 run win. For Compton CC Esteban Castaneda showed genuine pace and control with the ball and it is no surprise to see his name in the tournament Dream Team! Ricardo Cazarez was outstanding with the bat. His innings of 51 not out was superb, especially considering most of his runs were scored with his cap on backwards and under the LMS rule!
Game 4 Â Napa Valley rushed in some bowling replacements for their well anticipated match with Compton CC. The general consensus coming from the Napa Valley Camp was that Nick Compton was vulnerable to the wide short one outside off stump. The bowlers got their wish when CCC won the toss and chose to bat first. A few balls later Nick Compton had 50 and was retired back in the hut. CCC posted 143 with Paul Severn proving to be Mr. Consistent with bat in hand. In reply Napa Valley struggled to build any partnerships of substance and ended up falling 16 runs short. A special mention to Martin Mackenzie (84* from 36) who kept the members down at bay 13 interested right down to the final ball.
Napa Valley CC with Nick Compton
On Sunday the tournament moved to Piper Park. Game 5 was delayed due to fog. A few players appeared to be late but due to the overhead conditions this could not be proved. The match eventually got underway. It was reduced to a 17 over game. CCC came out firing and defeated the unbeaten Sonoma Gullies by 17 runs. Game 6 is still being looked at by the ICC anti corruption unit and for this reason we are unable to announce the result of this match yet.
After 6 games Sonoma stood top of the table. CCC and Marin Socials were tied up on equal points. CCC had a far superior run rate but despite this they offered Marin Socials the option of a bowl off (or 2 over play off) to decide who goes through to the final. The Marin Socials were delighted by this act of sportsmanship and formed a committee to vote on the matter. The outcome was a 100 % yes vote in the favour of a 2 over bowl off. Nick Compton opened up for CCC. He played himself in during the first over and then hit 30 runs off the last over including a home run 6 (worth 12) off the last ball. The 2 over game was over at the halfway stage and CCC were through to the final.
The final was played in a great spirit with the momentum shifting backwards and forwards. CCC posted a competitive 122 in their 16 overs. In reply the Sonoma Gullies found the going tough. CCC were brilliant in the field (once again). The bowling attack was well lead by Esteban Castaneda and Alex Rylance. Sonoma Gullies were 50 for 5 at the halfway stage but a spirited 6th wicket fight back from Sunny Patel and Nadeem Solanki got them back into the game. CCC were offered a life line when Patel was trapped in front with 20 runs still required. Vipal Seth (17* from 6 balls) arrived at the crease and quickly finished off the game, much to the delight of the travelling Sonoma supporters and players.
Nick Compton and the Compton CC
The final dream team is listed below however we cannot be surprised that Nick Compton topped the list after an incredible average of 232 at a strike rate of 241. This has now lead to the creation of the Nick Compton Challenge where any player in North California who has a Higher Average AND a Higher Strike rate after 5 games they will be rewarded with a $500 voucher to spend on LMS KIT. Safe Bet! or is it?
Â All the scorecards for the tournament can be found in the links below:-
|1||Nick Compton||Compton CC|
|2||Paul Severn||Compton CC|
|3||Sher Ali||Marin Socials|
|4||Sushil Kumar||Sonoma Gullies|
|5||Jim Pitman||Marin Socials|
|6||Arjun Pandya||Sonoma Gullies|
|7||Alex Rylance||Compton CC|
|8||Esteban Castaneda||Compton CC|
|Sat 18 Oct 2014|
|Pitch||Home Team||Â||Away Team||Umpire|
|Calistoga||Napa Valley Cricket Club||147 - 150||Sonoma Gullies||Partha Pattanaik|
|Calistoga||Sonoma Gullies||123 - 122||Marin Socials||Partha Pattanaik|
|Calistoga||Compton CC||146 - 179||Marin Socials||Partha Pattanaik|
|Calistoga||Compton CC||143 - 128||Napa Valley Cricket Club||Partha Pattanaik|
|Sun 19 Oct 2014|
|Pitch||Home Team||Â||Away Team||Umpire|
|Piper Park||Sonoma Gullies||122 - 139||Compton CC||Partha Pattanaik|
|Piper Park||Napa Valley Cricket Club||25 - 156||Marin Socials||Partha Pattanaik|
|Piper Park||Marin Socials||15 - 32||Compton CC||Partha Pattanaik|
|Piper Park||Sonoma Gullies||122 - 121||Compton CC||Partha Pattanaik|
What a weekend and what a start. Look out for more action on the growth of LMS in USA at the following link: