Chamari Athapaththu’s Fifty chased down Barmy Army’s 158, K-Man Falcons book their Final Seat

The 2nd Semi-Final game of the 2nd edition of the FairBreak Invitational had Barmy Army play Falcons at the Kowloon Cricket Club, Hong Kong. The game witnessed the former batting first post a competitive total on the board, but didn’t prove to be a match-winning score as the Falcons went to register a thumping win.

Chamari Athapaththu's Fifty chased down Barmy Army's 158 to enter the Final
Chamari Athapaththu’s Fifty chased down Barmy Army’s 158 to enter the Final

1st innings: Barmy Army – 158/8 (20.0)

The side had a nervy start losing seasoned international batters Lauren Winfield-Hill and Laura Wolvaardt on ducks in the first over. Deandra Dottin led the side’s comeback and in her 29-ball 42-run knock was accompanied by Nigar Sultana (9) and Kavisha Egodage (17), and with Dottin departing on the 1st ball of the 11th over, the side found themselves 5 down for 73. Shemaine Campbelle (12) and Rumana Ahmed (8) then departed cheaply, and Fatima Sana’s timely quickfire boosted the sides’ total.

While Fatima Sana was striking well, Rubina Chhetry hung-in in the middle for an invaluable partnership before departing on 13, and Fatima then alongside Tara Norris finished unbeaten on respective scores of 45(30) and 4(3) which powered the Barmy Army to finish on 158. The Falcons wickets column had Marizanne Kapp (3), Mariko Hill (3), Sornnarin Tippoch (1), and Chamari Athapaththu (1) feature.

2nd innings: Falcons – 161/4 (18.1)

The side in reply lost Danni Wyatt early on 1(2) and Suzie Bates then joined Chamari Athapaththu. With the latter striking well, Bates opted to anchor the innings, and in the 57-run 2nd wicket stand, Bates departed contributing 17 off 21 balls. Theertha Satish then joined Chamari and post a 54-run stand, Theertha when departed on 15(17) in the 15th over, a couple of balls later, in the same over, Chamari’s blistering 50-ball 78-run knock too came to an end with 120 on board.

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The pair of Marizanne Kapp and Mariko Hill finished on respective scores of 23*(10) and 19*(11) and bagged the win for their side with 11 balls and 6 wickets to spare. Falcons with the ball had Rubina Chhetry bag a couple of wickets, while Fatima Sana and Laura Cardoso bagged a wicket each.

Result: Falcons won by 6 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)

Barmy Army who had a good run will be very disappointed with the game having not defended a competitive total of 158, and credit to Chamari Athapaththu and the Falcons for having come out all guns blazing and positively approached the run chase to make it to the Final where they’ll now meet the Warriors.

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