Carlton made it three wins out of three today (Tues 22nd) in Group C at the Cartama Oval with back to back wins over Prague CC Kings by 7 wickets and Olten by 14 runs.
It was an early 8am start for Scotland’s T20 Scottish Cup champions and the early morning chill had a distinctly Scottish feel to it, as captain Evans led them on to the field to face the Czech Champions.
Prague started tentatively with three singles and a bye before Gupta took the first wicket in the 6th ball of the first over. Carlton looked a bit sluggish in the field allowing Prague to move to 48/1 after 5 overs, however Gupta soon halted their progress by taking three wickets in the 6th. This rocked Prague and they struggled to recover finishing on 90/7.
Pillai and Burnett lead the chase for Carlton with 10 runs off the first over, however Burnet was caught in the 2nd over on seven. Southwell took no time at all to start firing boundaries with three fours in the 3rd over. He and Pillai made 52 until both were dismissed in the 7th . Khan and Shah took over the run chase and comfortably took Carlton’s total to 87 after nine overs requiring just four of the last over which they patiently delivered.
Carlton’s 2nd opponents of the day Olten, were also unbeaten with two out of two wins and the ECL commentary team were billing this as the top match of the group.
After winning the toss, Evans chose to bat. Carlton lost an early wicket after Pillai was run out in the 2nd over. Southwell once gain started firing early, hitting six boundaries in his first eight balls. His 45 in 17 balls included four sixes and propelled Carlton to 72/4 in the 7th over. Khan contributed a handy 26 taking Carlton to 112/8 which appeared under par and chase-able by Olten’s impressive looking batting line up.
Gupta lead the attack brilliantly taking a wicket with his first ball and restricting Olten to just one run in the first over. Southwell, Raza and Mohammed all contributed to the wicket hall and despite a spirited final two overs from Olten scoring 32 runs, they were always going to be out of reach of their target finishing on 98/6.
Carlton Coach Stevie Gilmour was pleased with how the side coped with the two matches in one day commenting “It was another great day for us out here in Malaga. In the first match we bowled and fielded really well and my pick-out from the game was Shivamm Gupta with his excellent bowling display. He thoroughly deserved his player of the match award.
“With the bat, we learnt a lot from the run chase in this format and have some areas to improve on which we discussed after the game.
“In our 2nd match, we saw an all round performance from Hugo Southwell, who hit several clean sixes down the ground and performed well in the field. Shivamm’s first over was exceptional in this format of the game and set us on our way to victory.”
Carlton play their final group games tomorrow versus Brescia from Italy (8am GMT) and Turkey’s Zeytinburnu Zafer (12am GMT).