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DLSW DTC Mobiles 2018-2019 Season Reports for matches till date
The first match of the Season when DLSW DTC returned to Division 2 of Sunday Elite League was washed out on 2nd September 2018 against Vagabonds CC.
The Second game was also washed out against CHK Dragons on 23rd September 2018 at Mission Road
The third game gave DLSW DTC the first complete game of the season at KCC on 30th September 2018, KCC Infidels chose to bat first but were struggling at 137/6 in 28.5 overs – Shahwaiz Khan and Muhammad Aryan doing the damage. Devang Bulsara was still out there though and found an able partner in Chandan Gill. Together they put on 108 runs for the 7th wicket – Gill scoring 50 off 59 balls (8 fours 1 six) and Devang his maiden Sunday Elite league century – 103 off 104 balls (10 fours 1 six). A superb innings to list his side up to 257/9 in their 50 overs. Shahwaiz Khan finished with 4/56 from 10 overs, and Muhammad Aryan 3/48.
In reply the DLSW innings never got going. Atheeq Iqbal tore through them with 5/37 as they were bowled out for just 120 in 25.4 overs -Shahwaiz hammering 31 from 16 balls (3 fours 1 six) to top score for his side. A tough loss for DTC Mobile in their first outing this season, and a big 137 runs win for KCC Infidels.
On 7th October 2018, over at HKCC, the Optimists picked up a 6-wicket win a low scoring game against the DLSW DTC Mobile. The Optimists sent DLSW in to bat and proceeded to bowl them out for just 138. Openers Haseeb Muhammad and Ehsan Ayaz continued their form from Saturday and got their side off to a good start – putting on 59 runs in 17 overs – but as soon as Hassan Khan Mohammad broke through, the side collapsed. Martin Versfeld took 3/26 and Raunaq Kapur 3/37 to clean up the middle order before Brenton McDonald too 2 wickets in 10 balls to wrap the innings up. In reply, David Jacquier (48 off 59, 6 fours 1 six) and Travis Smithson (48* off 58, 9 fours) made short work of the target, and despite losing 4 wickets the Optimists cruised home inside 30 overs. A first win of the season for them, and the second loss on the trot for DLSW DTC Mobile.
DLSW DTC finally got their first win of the season against Sri Lankan Cricket Club on 4th November 2018 at PKVR Park. DTC Won the toss and elected to bat first. Mehran Zeb became the first centurion of DTC scoring a massive 111 runs including 11 fours and 5 sixes. This took the DTC side to make 200 runs while SLCC were all out for 189. Saqib Mahmood (2-33) and Aryan (2-16) were the pick of the bowlers for DTC in this 11 run victory.
The game following was a forgettable loss to CHK Dragons. The Dragons won the toss and decided to bat first with DTC Bowlers troubling them and getting them all out for 87 runs. However the DTC side was all out for 46 handing Dragons a 41 run victory
On 30th December at KCC, DLSW DTC elected to bowl first against the KCC Infidels, and Ehsan Ayaz (3/44) lead the way as they reduced the hosts to 63/7 in the 24th over. Niaz Ali hit 40 (49 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) to recover the innings, but KCC could not bat out their 50, and were bowled out for 132 in just 38 overs. Ursalan Abdul finished with figures of 4/32 in 7 overs, and the Infidels unbeaten season was under threat.
Ehsan Ayaz then starred with the bat, hitting 64 off 86 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes) in the chase, but no other batsman in the DLSW DTC lineup could make it to double digits. There were 6 ducks in the DLSW innings, and they collapsed from 53/1 to be bowled out for just 87 – the hosts pulling off an unlikely defence to maintain their perfect season. Ali Mohammed was the pick of the bowlers for KCC with 5/31, and was supported well by Niaz Ali (2/21) and Najeeb Amar (2/13). KCC Infidels won by 45 runs.
The next game was on 6th January 2019 At Mission Road against HKCC Optimists, DLSW DTC Mobile were sent in to bat first, and were blown away for just 124 inside 39 overs. Mehran Zeb hit a good 51 (68 balls, 2 fours, 1 six) but lacked support, with only two other batsmen crossing double digits. Brenton McDonald took 5/24 inside 6 overs, and received plenty of support from the rest of the attack.
What should have been a comfortable chase for the Optimists was made tricky by Mohammad Hassan, who took 5/19 in his 10 overs. He struck twice with the new ball, and returned to take 3 more wickets towards the end of the chase. In between, David Jacquier hit 60 off 73 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes), and put on 72 for the third wicket with Tej Sheopuri, and ensured that Hassan’s heroics were too little too late. HKCC Optimists won by 4 wickets