NY Destroyers opened its 2012 US Open T20 with a couple of victories on day one. Following the opening ceremony Destroyers meet familiar opposition in the form of Fooglies. Fooglies batting first boost by national batsmen Aditya Mishra and Aditya Thyagarajan looked set to pose a threat to the New Yorkers.
Batting first Fooglies were restricted by the experienced Destroyers attack. Only Sidarth Mehta with 28 show as real fight, with Mishra (12) and M Asad (14) the other batsmen to reach double digits. It was skipper Kevin Darlington, who got the ball rolling with two early strikes for a return of 3-0-6-2. Zaheer Saffie 3/20 and Niel Mc Garrell the pick of the bowlers with 3.5-0-5-3, limiting the Fooglies to a meagre 85 runs after 17 overs.
Set 4.30 runs per over Destroyers had to wrestle the winter rust as they lost six wickets on the way. Mc Garrell completed an all-rounder performance to remain unbeaten on 20 with former USA youth captain Hemant Punoo performed the sheet anchor duty scoring 13 not out to complete the four wicket win. Punoo completed his bowling spell with 4-0-14-0 economical return on the day. For Fooglies M Nisar 2/10, N Jamali 2/18 and P Suri 2/27 made the initial inroads.
On to game two NY Destroyers meet Orlando Thunder. Thunder took first striker like Fooglies and they too had their momentum stymied. Z Baig scored 48 but none of his other team mate could clap their bats on the ball to summon the thunder. Destroyers shared the wickets among the five bowler with Andre Kirton leading the pack with 3/26, Mc Garrell 2/5, Punoo 2/15, Saffie 2/35 and Darlington 1/9. Thunder all out for 90 in 17.3 overs without the strike of lightning.
Destroyers looked like repeating the false start of game one when the lost both openers by the fifth over. But Nicholas Stanford (38) and Alex Amsterdam (15) on US Open debut , completed the job for a thumping eight wicket win. Destroyers will seek to top Group two when they meet Dulles CC at Tradewinds from 9 am on Friday 7th.