RBCC vs Hasselt CC (away)

RBCC won by 4 wickets

Match Report

That innings from Jawad was spectacular to say the least. On a day where RBCC punished anything loose, Jawad’s remarkable unbeaten hundred was the highlight of the game.

Despite eagerly wanting to bat first, RBCC’s captain lost the toss and was asked to field in the scorching heat (by Belgian standards of course: p) of Hasselt. Wasooq and Matt made early inroads by taking a couple of wickets each and reducing the opposition to 40 odd for 4. However, Hasselt played aggressively and the runs kept coming as Wasooq tried his bowlers for shorts spells. A free flowing partnership meant Hasselt were still in a very good position (79/4 in 11) at the first drinks break.

In the fourteenth over of the innings when the score was already close to hundred, Wasooq brought Maqsood into the attack and he obliged by breaking the partnership in his first over. Wasooq himself came back into the attack from the other side and took the other settled batsman too. Two more wickets in the spell and Hasselt went from a good position to being bowled out cheaply was looking more likely. However, their key batsman was still on the crease hitting the ball long and wide and sending J&J (Jawad and Jitendriya), who were fielding on the mid-wicket and square leg fence, respectively, to the bushes on regular basis. In the midst of the carnage going on at the other side, Maqsood bowled his usual tight spell and returned with figures of 1 for 20 from his 7 overs.

Hasselt capitalized on the tired RBCC bowlers/fielders at the latter stage of the innings and a few drop catches from none other the captain himself meant Hasselt finished with a formidable total of 246 in the allotted 35 overs. Wasooq took 4, while Matt and Nitesh took 2 wickets each.

Albeit the transformation of limited overs cricket world-wide, chasing 7 an over from the word go is considered close to impossible in Belgian cricket. Chasing a daunting total, RBCC suffered an early setback losing the inform Deepak for duck in the first over. At a very critical stage of the game and at the very crucial number 3 position, who else do you want other the calm head of Jawad. From the moment Jawad arrived at the crease, there was no looking backward for RBCC.

Jawad, and along with him Maqsood, were particularly strict on anything loose. Boundaries galore from both ends and, although, Hasselt premium bowlers were bowling well early on, they were made to chase the leather very soon. The 2nd wicket partnership of 93 off 11 overs seemed to have broken the spirits of Hasselt before Maqsood lost his wicket to an innocuous ball after making a fluent 29. Hasselt got a chance to regroup, but the new batsman Jitendriya made sure it didn’t happen. J&J (the partnership from early on while fielding) continued with the same rhythm and didn’t drop the momentum.

All pure cricketing shots. It was a pleasure to watch. Anything shot meant somebody had to pick it up from outside the boundary either on the off side or on the on side. There were some beautiful cut and pull shots. Under pressure Hasselt didn’t know where to bowl and in the process gave away quite a few extras which helped RBCC’s cause. The partnership flourished and Hasselt seemed to have lost their hopes and were going through the motions. Jawad completed his maiden hundred and got a standing ovation from the crowd.

With the end nearing, Jitendriya lost his wicket trying to launch one over long on for six, only to get caught at the boundary line. He made 44. Jitendriya’s wicket followed by Danish, Nitesh and Wasooq caused a few hiccups in the RBCC dugout, but Jawad’s presence made sure that RBCC march to victory with overs to spare.

RBCC vs hassselt- 20180722