06 Feb 2018

Day one review: Hung Hom JD Jaguars claiming opening win

By Jonathan Stott

Play of the Day – Ben Laughlin dislodging Aizaz Khan’s off-stump in the second ball of Kaitak’s 17th over, when he’d looked well set to finish off the innings in style having reached 52 off just 37 deliveries.

At the time Kaitak had recovered well form a difficult start, losing 3 wickets cheaply in their powerplay.  Khan had led that recovery, putting on 55 with Waquas Barkat in a sixth wicket stand that was moving along at around 10 per over, and Kaitak looked set to post a competitive score of around 150+. 

Unfortunately for them, Aussie superstar Laughlin had different ideas; fresh from winning the BBL with Adelaide Strikers on Sunday he had already taken 1 wicket at less than a run a ball when he steamed in to bowl full and straight, displacing Khan’s off-stump as he looked to swing hard over mid-on.

Following the wicket Kaitak could only manage a further 12 runs off their final 16 deliveries, with only one boundary, and Laughlin closed out his four overs with impressive figures of 2/19.

The Jaguars home-grown opening partnership of Nizakat Khan and Kinchit Shah got the run-chase off to an impressive start, putting on 72 for the opening wicket off the first 9 overs, with Khan going on to top score with 48 from 38 balls.  By that stage the run rate was already down to less than a run a ball and despite a mini-wobble when Riki Wessels fell cheaply the Jaguar’s experienced middle-order of Johan Botha, Roelof van der Merwe and Darren Sammy saw them home, with Sammy smashing a six to seal the victory with 14 balls remaining.