In the Pacific Conference, consisting of Central Division and Western Division teams, here is the status of some minor cricket league matches after 10 games
Dallas Mustangs vs Dallas Xforia Giants – MiCL 2023
The Dallas Mustangs are undoubtedly the most dominant team among the 26 teams this season. In a clash against the Dallas Xforia Giants, the Giants batted first and managed to score 123 runs, with Jaskarandeep Singh Buttar being the top scorer at 55, while other batters struggled. The Mustangs comfortably chased down the target of 124, securing a 5-wicket victory in the 19th over.
Houston Hurricanes vs Lone Star Athletics – MiCL 2023
The Houston Hurricanes faced a tough challenge from Shubham Ranjane, who took 3 wickets for just 14 runs, limiting the Hurricanes to a total of 130. However, Jahangir, Nitish Kumar, and Milind Kumar stepped up for the Lone Star Athletics, ensuring their Super 8s aspirations remained alive. This result was crucial as it eliminated the Kingsmen from the tournament, leaving the Giants and Athletics tied on points alongside the Mustangs and Stars. The Giants and Athletics are set to face off next week, with the winner competing in an eliminator match against the Stars for a spot in the Super 8s from the Central Division.
Seattle Thunderbolts vs Golden State Grizzlies: The defending champions, Seattle Thunderbolts, faced a disappointing exit from the tournament when they were defeated by the Golden State Grizzlies, with Zia Shehzad claiming a five-wicket haul, leading the Grizzlies to an 8-wicket win in just the 13th over. However, the Thunderbolts managed to avenge their loss the following day, albeit by a slim margin of 8 runs. The Grizzlies advanced due to a superior Net Run Rate (NRR) accumulated from the previous day’s win.
Western Division Dominance – MiCL 2023
In the Western Division, the East Bay Blazers asserted their dominance, winning 8 out of 9 games during the league stage. They secured victories against both the Golden State Grizzlies and the Silicon Valley Striker, winning by margins of 22 runs and 5 wickets, respectively. With this impressive performance, the Blazers earned the top spot in the Western division. The Grizzlies and the Strikers will now face off in a one-off eliminator game to determine who joins the Blazers in the Super 8s from the Western division.
In summary, these recent matches have shaped the landscape of the Pacific Conference, setting the stage for intense battles in the Super 8s stage.