The much anticipated G20 kicked off with hosts Ultras taking on global foods and beverages giant, PepsiCo. The G20, is a new concept in Twenty20 with new sensations the GCC Ultras, playing host to Pepsi as well as two of the big 4 accountancy firms, KPMG and Deloitte. A round-robin stage during the next 6 weeks, climaxes with the G20 final on Wednesday 3rd August.
Pepsi won the toss and had no hesitation on putting the Ultras in to bat. Smith and Butterfield took to the crease looking to exorcise the demons of a shocking 1st XI run-out a few days earlier. Restricted by some quality left arm, progress was slow and steady as going moved on to 43 without loss after 8 overs. Will then decided to step up the pace but fell victim to the undisputed champagne moment of the evening – a hoick to deep mid wicket caught in spectacular leaping fashion by the guy in shorts and trainers. Butterfield and Norman then followed Smith to the pavilion during the next few overs as Pepsi kept a stranglehold on the Ultras.
Captain Russell then suffered a duck at the hands of his Pepsi nemesis, to bring Punter to the crease with the score nicely poised at 74-4 after 13 overs. Lewis and Steve the set about their task expertly as they put on 52 in 5 overs with some quality strokeplay and intense running (yes you read that correctly). The departure of both quickly led to a complete halt on the runs as Pepsi finished strongly, with Ultras setting a target of 129.
Pepsi started their innings with great intent as the top 2 confidently put on a 50 partnership and made Ultras score look very gettable. Donny Norman gave Ultras the first glimmer with a well executed run out. Russell then made a bowling change masterstroke to bring on Smith and himself, both taking crucial wickets in their first overs (Russell being his second first ball dismissal in successive games). These wickets brought the less experience Pepsi batsmen to the crease and Ultras were able to stem the flow of runs and keep the game under control.
With Pepsi needing 14 off the last over to win, Ferry returned to the attack and bowled excellently to close the game out, with Ultras winning the first G20 match by 7 runs.
King Cobra – With wickets spread around the bowlers, Winkers is the King Cobra after his crucial 40 helped the Ultras post a defendable total