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Leo Lions book their semifinal spot in the MCL

Talal Dar - 07-02-2016 - View: 271

The Libra Legends finished the tournament with 5 losses

Leo Lions book their semifinal spot in the MCL

The Leo Lions have qualified for the semifinals of the Masters Champions League (MCL) after beating the Libra Legends by 11 runs in another very high scoring game in which 391 runs were scored as the Libra side finished the tournament with 5 losses in a row.

The Lions had four points after 4 games as they had won 2 games and lost 2. A loss might have given them a semifinals spot on the better run rate but a win would have given them second place in the table and they would have avoided Gemini Arabians in Semifinals.

On the other hand Libra were already out after losing all four games and were playing for dignity and pride. Libra won the toss and elected to field first which did not prove out to be a very good decision as Leo opener Hamish Marshall from New Zealand was in great form.

Marshall scored 64 off just 39 balls as he hit 3 sixes and after his dismissal two more Kiwis Scott Styris and James Franklin kept the scoreboard moving fastly by scoring 45 and 28 respectively. Their 82 runs partnership off just 32 balls helped their side reach 201/3 in 20 overs.

In reply Libra lost their captain Jacques Kallis and two more wickets in middle overs as they were 67/3 in 8.3 overs. Simon Katich and Ian Butler gave company to Ryan ten Doeschate who played a great knock of 67 off 36 balls but they could get only 190/6 in 20 overs as they fell 11 runs short.

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