All the games were completed with outright winners/losers in the second round in both zones. A few players were scared to play due to the cold weather, but as they later confessed to me that it was an extraordinarily beautiful day for cricket. Ocala was the “bye” team in Zone 1. Outstanding performances with the bat was recorded by Skipper Ivan from Florida Raiders who retired at 109, while Skipper Daniel Sadeo from Orlando King Cobra made an even 100.The duo brothers from Tridents, Ritesh and Rookesh also came in for honorable mention, with Ritesh dominating with the bat, while the elder sibling was devastating with both bat and ball. Anand Gossai from Royal Challengers just fell short of his century, falling for 92.
AT VIGNETTI 1
(1)Â Tridents recorded their second 200+ in the second round against Grizzlies. Winning the toss and batting first, they compiled a mammoth 235 for 5 in their allotted 25 overs. Ritesh, the younger of the brothersÂ batted superbly in his classy and undefeated knock of 84 off 40 balls, His knock included four 6s and seven 4s. Rookesh, in a no-nonsense mood rattled up an undefeated 54Â in just 14 balls. His knock included five 6s and three 4s. Rookesh came back with the ball to scalp 2 wickets for 13 runs in 4 overs. The father, Rakesh, with the ball had figures of 3 overs, 1 maiden and 2 wickets for 4 runs as Grizzlies was skittled out for a meagre 89 in 23.3 overs.
(2)Â In the second game at this venue, East Coast won the toss and batting first, made 107 for 9 in 25 overs. Dream Team reached their target in 16.3 overs, making 113 for 5 wickets.
AT VIGNETTI 2
(1)Â After a very good start by the openers, Ramcho (38) andÂ Ali (47) and supported by Skipper Rudy (35), Main Street was bowled out for 189 in 24 overs. Caribbean replied with 192 for the loss of 8 wickets with one over to spare. It took a herculean effort of the tail-ender, Neville Williams (25) and an undefeated knock of 34 by Gavin to see Caribbean to their first victory. Earlier, Adam supported with a fine contribution of 32.
(2)Â Eagles defeated Sunrise by 58 runs. Earlier, the former won the toss and compiled 188 for 8 wickets in 25 overs on a wicket still good for batting. The brothers, Kenny (67) and Khemraj (51) were the principal scorers for Eagles. At their turn at the crease, Sunrise could only manage 130 all out in 24.5 overs.
AT JIM BEECH
(1) Positve decided to bat first after winning the toss in their encounter against Lions. They made 152 for 5 in their allotted 25 overs. Lions reached 153 for 2 wickets in 20.4 overs with opener Lionel (76) and Kawal (46), being the main scorers.
(2)Â Winning the toss and batting first, Raiders amassed a huge total of 264 for 6 in 25 overs, with Skipper Ivan retiring at 109. West Coast replied with 178 for 8 in 25 overs with Javid undefeated on 41 (9 balls) , and Ken Sadeo contributing 40.
AT PINE HILLS GROUND
(1) Masters defeated Equals by 46 runs in their encounter. The former chose to bat first and compiled 154 for 9 in 25 overs. Equals could only muster 108 as they were bowled out in 23.2 overs.
(2)Â Orlando King Cobra chose to bat first and made 203 for 6 in 25 overs with Skipper Daniel making an even 100. The Royal Challengers boys reached their target of 206 for 5 with 2 overs to spare with much-feared veteran for RC, Anand Gossai falling 8 short of his century, making 92.