Ceylon Sports Club were the gracious hosts for the inaugural match between the Baltic Exchange and a who’s who of the Marine Insurance world. The format played was 25 overs aside with batsmen retiring at 30. The Baltic Exchange, skippered by Charlie Russell, won the toss and duly elected to bat in the usual sweltering Singapore conditions.
The Baltic got off to a blistering start with Tom Corrie (Arrow) and Matt Miller (Cargill) both reaching retirement at 30. After 10 overs the Baltic were 79-1 and well poised to post well over 200. However, some tight bowling from Marine Insurance skipper James Kilbee (Marine Claims), in tandem with Capt Anuj Sahai (Resolve Salvage) pegged the Baltic back. Some useful contributions in the latter overs from Mohneesh Bhutani (Klaveness) and Charlie Russell (Hartland Shipping) saw the Baltic post an imposing total of 195-4.
The Marine Insurance side, got off to a flyer with Dustin Yates and Puskar Podkar both getting quick 30s before retiring. At the mid innings break, the Marine Insurance side were 151-3 and looking likely to knock off the target with ease. However, with some tight bowling from Sharat Varghese and Krishna Gorepatti (both Tata NYK), the Baltic Exchange pegged them back in the following 10 overs to set up an exciting finish. The Baltic fielded well, particularly Patrick Kirkness (Maersk broker) and Sachin Matpal (Cargill). Going into the final over, Marine Insurance needed 7 to win, Baltic required 2 wickets. With a ball to go, a quick single and misfield got them home.
A great day was had by all and the thrilling game was discussed over a well-earned drink and curry in the outfield by both teams.