SATURDAY (São Paulo won by 4 wickets)
In bright sunshine at the HSBC ground, Paraná batted first and made 161-8. Jeetu Khemani top scored with 57 from just 49 balls, which included 7 fours and 3 sixes. Opener Deepak Karunakar faced 56 balls (6 fours) on route to a very steady 36. São Paulo's tidy wicketkeeper Gaurav Datay took off the pads late in the innings to turn his arm over and picked up 3 wickets for 11 runs to lead the bowlers. São Paulo lost only 4 wickets to overhaul the deficit, with opener Sunny Randolph getting 61 in just 45 balls (8 fours and 3 sixes), and Stann Fraser scoring 42 off 44 deliveries (3 fours and 3 sixes). Although J. Khemani bowled tightly in the middle session, Paraná's wayward bowling in the early overs allowed São Paulo's score to progress rapidly, both off the bat and through extras, and put them on course to a well deserved win. With the victory, São Paulo retained the Araucária Cup yet again, and earned 16 points (2 for the win, plus 1 point for every wicket taken and 1 point for every 25 runs scored), while Paraná came away with 9 points

Paraná 161-7 (30.1ov.) (D Karunakar 36, J Khemani 57, Extras 29; G Dartay 3-11, .Pinati 2-40) lost to
São Paulo 162-4 (21ov.) (S Randolph 61, S Fraser 42, Extras 40; N Baldwin 3-46)

SUNDAY (Paraná won by 6 wickets)
With overcast skies and cooler temperatures, São Paulo batted first and set an imposing 197-run target. Captain Vinay Ramisal led the way with a polished 69 (4 fours, 4 sixes and 2 lost balls!), and although Paraná's bowling was much tighter this time out, the team was once again unable to stem a steady flow of extras. A clean sweep seemed likely, but Paraná's opening pair of D. Karunakar and K. Chaudhry kept their heads down and the scoreboard ticking over, before Chaudhry was bowled for 34 off 33 balls (5 fours and 1 six). J. Khemani was promoted to number three on the basis of his previous innings, and proceeded to unleash a torrent of runs, slogging 96* in just 38 balls (15 fours, 6 sixes and 8 dot balls!) to lead Paraná to a six-wicket victory. None of the São Paulo bowlers were spared, as Khemani smashed absolutely everything that came his way. Fittingly, the winning blow was a huge six. For their efforts, Paraná picked up 15 points, with São Paulo claiming 8, which left both teams tied at the top of the table with 24 each. The season is now off to good start, so many thanks to all who made the effort to turn out and keep cricket alive and growing in Brazil.

São Paulo 197-5 ( V Ramiswal 69, G Datay 32*, Extras 48; N Baldwin 2-33)
Paraná 200-1 (K Chaudhry 34, J Khemani 97*)