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Highlights of the second round

  • Kópavogur collapse against Hafnarfjörður seamers

  • Chamley Fernando hits six sixes in a cakewalk of a chase

  • Reykjavík clinch another final-ball thriller

  • Sebastiaan Dreyer top-scores for Vesturbær again

  • Mahinda Dissanayeka cameo brings Reykjavík close

  • Lee Nelson records his best bowling figures

  • Last-ball wide gets Reykjavík over the line

  • Ramji Navapara is the 205th player to make his debut in ICA cricket

  • Vinoth Kalaiazhagan is the 206th player to make his debut in ICA cricket

Kópavogur v Hafnarfjörður

  • Kópavogur 89 for 8 (10 overs) Abhi Chauhan 28 Mohammad Younas 2—4

  • Hafnarfjörður 91 for 1 (10 overs) Chamley Fernando 56* Abdur Rehman 1—20

  • Hafnarfjörður won by nine wickets Full scorecard

The Hammers romped to victory, even without their star batsman Dushan Bandara, thanks to a disciplined seam bowling effort and a whirlwind knock from Chamley Fernando. The wicketkeeper-batsman featured early by taking a superb diving catch off Bala Kamallakharan's inside edge. The in-form Nolan Williams was then brilliantly run out by Mohammad Younas, leaving the Puffins in trouble. Abhi Chauhan smote a few lusty blows, supported by Paresh Mandloi and Abdur Rehman, but when he was caught at the wicket by Fernando, a procession began which saw five wickets fall for the addition of 17 runs. Kópavogur managed to bat for the full 10 overs, but Fernando quickly set about showing 89 to be a woefully inadequate score. David Cook got all his best bowlers on as early as possible, but little came off. Fernando scored 36 of the first 42 runs within five overs; he reached his half-century from just 22 balls. After Tajdar Khan departed, Kamal Muhammad strode to the crease and finished it off with two huge sixes.

Reykjavík v Vesturbær

  • Vesturbær 92 for 5 (10 overs) Sebastiaan Dreyer 32 Prabhath Weerasooriya 2—22

  • Reykjavík 93 for 7 (9.1 overs) Mahinda Dissanayeja 34 Lee Nelson 3—18

  • Reykjavík won by three wickets Full scorecard

The Volcano made a smart start as Sebastiaan Dreyer and Lee Nelson put on 45 in the first half of the innings. After banging a couple of sixes, Nelson was run out by Ravi Rawat. Mohit Kotian came and went for a golden duck and Abhijit Bhutti followed shortly afterwards as Prahbath Weerasooriya, now quite recovered from his broken finger, kept the scoring rate down. A strong finish from Dreyer and the captain, Kathir Narayanan, helped Vesturbær to a total that was just about competitive, given that Reykjavík were without the services of Derick Deonarain. Lee Nelson was the surprise choice to open the bowling, and in a varied opening spell of wides, dots and fours, he picked up two wickets: Khan Gul caught behind first ball, and the bonus scalp of Lakshitha Bimsara, who became the first batsman to be out hit wicket in a game in Iceland. Mahinda Dissanayeka, who has been playing cricket in Iceland for many years but has seemingly been out of form for most of them, now came to the fore. His 22-ball innings of 34 included six boundaries, two of them maximums. These incredible clips to leg were the shots of the day. The Vikings were cruising at 79 for 3, needing 14 to win from the last two overs. But now they collapsed. Requiring seven from the last over, they immediately lost Sathiya Rupan to the returning Lee Nelson. It all came down to two from the last ball. Nelson bowled a wide outside off, and the non-striker came charging down the pitch for the winning run. Momentarily dumbstruck, gloveman Dreyer held onto the ball until it was too late to run him out. This moment of paralysis cost Vesturbær the tie and put Reykjavík outright top of the table.



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