Takuya Ono’s crucial first half-century proves match-winning as BEANS XI win over adore XI by 15 runs. Ono carried the bat through the inning to guide the team to 110/4 in 20 overs. His score of 50+ is the highest score so far by any batsman in the T20 competition this season. Chasing 111 runs, ADORE showed intent. Till 17th over ADORE were in the game as Shun Hashiba threatened to take the game away from Beans. When he fell in 17th over, run rate of 10 runs /over proved too much for the lower order.
BEANS XI bats first.
The game was played at Akishima Shows sports park venue. The morning game was affected by the rain but this game had the good fortune of clear weather and a light breeze. Beans donning their new green colour uniform for the season, batting first posted 110/4 in stipulated 20 overs. Takuya Ono along with Yasunari Enoue, opened the inning. On the last ball of the over, Hagiwara bowled Inoue to provide a promising start for Adore. Next batsman, Sei Shirakawa stayed around with Ono for few overs but failed to guard his stump to a straight delivery of Rohit Shrestha. Both opening bowlers, Hagiwara and Shreshtha bowled decent lines to contain Beans batsman.
Ono started with few singles and collecting boundaries to loose balls. As wickets kept falling, he tried to farm the strike. At the other end, Ryuya Tarumi played patiently for 7 balls but could not open his account and lost in the off stump to Rahul Kumar. Batting at number 5, Yoshihiro Kurihara joined Ono in 7th over, and both had 60 run partnership when Kurihara trying increase run rate fell in 17th over to Shunsuke Hashiba for 19(32) 4×1. Meanwhile, ONO continued to collect runs and took the responsibility of batting till last over. After reaching the milestone, he accelerated further to provide a respectable total on the board for BEANS.
Adore showed intent in chase.
Opening pair of Kitamura and Kitayama negotiated the opening spell of Yusuke Arai and Yunesu Koma well. Both provided a good opening stand of 38 runs in 7 Overs. Kitayama fell for well compiled 14(22), 4×1 in 8th Over. It was a good base for ADORE to build on. However, Yorito Kobayashi, captain of Adore struggled to pace innings as asking run-rate kept going up. In 11th over, Kitamura fell for 17(36) 4×2, and soon in next over, Kobayashi fell for 9 (17), Coming at number 4, Shunsuke Hashiba showed intent and kept rotating the strike as wickets continue to fall at the other end.
30 balls – 45 runs to win
After 15 overs, the scorecard read 65/5. Players in middle asked exactly how many ball and how many runs. In the 16th and 17th over, adore scored 11 and 10 runs respectively. The equation changed to 18 balls 24 runs to win. In 18th over, Hashiba tried to steal a single but direct hit by S Osada cut short his inning for 21 runs(17, 4×1, 6×1). At the end Adore were all out in 19.5 overs for 95 runs.
Plays of the day.
Ono batted patiently with the responsibility to take the team to a respectable total.
Yoshihiro Kurihara of Beans playing a supporting hand to Ono to build inning7