Carlton wrapped up their group matches today (Wed 23rd) with two more wins to top Group C undefeated at the ECL in Cartama, Spain.
The morning match versus Brescia turned out to be a little tighter than coach Stevie Gilmour would have wanted, after Carlton had bowled out the Italian champions for 82.
All five of the bowling attack claimed wickets with Ali Evans getting his first taste of T10 bowling action taking two wickets from his two overs. Beattie, Mohammed, Khan and Gupta took the other seven wickets between them and it was Gupta who produced the lowest economy rate with just ten runs off his nine balls.
Carlton made their worst start of an innings this week with Pillai out first ball and struggled to 20/3 after three overs. Shah shifted the momentum in the 4th with two fours and then a six in the fifth to push Carlton to 43/2. After McCann was bowled in the 6th, Burnett and Shah posted 15 runs in the 7th to move Carlton within striking distance of their target.
Two consecutive wickets in the 9th meant it was going to be a tight finish, then Burnett produced a six to put Carlton within five of their target with nine balls to go. With three balls left and one required for the win, Khan calmly found the boundary to make it four wins out of four.
The final group match versus Zeytinburnu Zafer was always likely to be one sided, as the Turkish champions had struggled throughout the tournament with some of their key players missing due to travel visa issues.
The Carlton bowling attack set about their task and from the first ball it was obvious they would be too strong for an inexperienced batting team with wickets falling in each of the first five overs restricting Zeytinburnu Zafer to 13/5.
All six of the Carlton bowlers claimed wickets and it was left to Beattie to finish off with a wicket in the final over restricting the opposition to 22 all out. The Carlton bowlers were then given the opportunity to lead the run chase and easily achieved their target of 23 in the 3rd over with Beattie on three and Whitaker on 12.
Coach Stevie Gilmour was entitled to be delighted at the teams performance to remain unbeaten in the group stages and said “We were really good against Brescia this morning and it was an early start. Our bowling and catching was exceptional to restrict them to 82. Ali Shah was excellent once again with his ball striking in the 2nd half and thoroughly deserved his player of the match award.
“It ended up being a challenging run chase as Brescia hit some hard lengths making it difficult for our batters, but it was pleasing to get over the line in a run chase as we were keen to have more practise of chasing in this new format”
He continued “The 2nd match was obviously a bit of a one sided affair but the boys made a good account of themselves and it’s not often that the wicket-keeper gets the player of the match, but McCann thoroughly deserved it with his four stumpings.
“Overall it was a fun day as we spent some quality time with kids from one of the local schools doing some coaching which was a great experience for the players, however we are now into the business end of the tournament and the boys are buzzing to get going tomorrow nice and early.”
Carlton play two play-off matches tomorrow at 8am and 12pm.