Thomson Reuters won by 6 wickets
Thomson Reuters lost the toss and were put into field
The Pumas: 119 for 4 in 16 overs
Gearing 51 not out
Prince 5 not out
Walker 4 - 1 - 15 - 1 Lee 4 - 0 - 24 - 0 Kittali 3 - 0 - 16 -0 Sundararajan
3 - 0 - 14 - 2 Kiddle 1 - 0 - 16 - 1 Monteiro 1 - 0 - 8 - 0
Thomson Reuters: 122 for 1 in 12.1 overs
Laurence Kiddle 52 retired
Kumaran Dayalan 27
Sandeep Monteiro 13 not out
Sebastian Walker 10 not out
Gearing 3 - 0 - 17 - 0 Slade 0.4 - 0 - 12 - 0 Greer 2 - 0 - 25 - 1 Low 2.3 -
0 - 25 - 0 Ohashi 2 - 0 - 27 - 0 Young 2 - 0 - 18 - 0
Pumas batted first on a sunny evening in Victoria Park. Seb opened the
bowling, getting good carry to new keeper Rob, who proved a natural behind
the stumps and led an excellent fielding display. Peter opened with him,
consistent (and unlucky) as ever; but wickets proved elusive.
A couple of ambitious drives from Gearing got the Pumas away, the ball
inching over Peter s head. Sanjay maintained the pressure and, eventually,
Pumas cracked; Vasanath, bowling well, sneaked a perfect yorker through in
the eighth over to bowl Eisuke for 19 and break a frustrating opening stand.
Low joined Gearing, and swings and misses were mixed with some meaty blows
as the runs began to flow.
TR rang the changes; Sandeep managed to hit the stumps without dislodging
bails. The breakthrough came courtesy of Laurence s looping full tosses;
having lulled the batsman into a true sense of security, Seb tool a blinding
catch on the long off boundary. Almost literally, as the ball came straight
out of the dropping sun.
The returning Seb, Peter and Sanjay (who took a fine caught and bowled
chance) made short work of the rest of the batsmen leaving TR chasing 120.
Laurence and Kumaran resumed their partnership at the top of the order.
Disaster struck Pumas in the second over 5 balls in, Laurence was surprised
to see bowler rather than ball hitting the pitch hard as his knee gave way.
Four boundaries came off the over, and the tone was set, both batsmen
thrashing the ball through the off side.
Pumas employed six bowlers, to no avail; the partnership was only broken as
Laurence retired on 52. Kumaran tried one big shot too many and was caught
for a very neat 27; and Sandeep (3 fours in 13 not out) and Seb gave the
tiring bowlers the charge, knocking off the remaining runs with 22 balls to
Submitted by Richard Higginbottom of Thomson Reuters