RBCC vs PCCB (home)

RBCC won by 7 wickets

Match Report

Brussels Greens won the toss and elected to bat first in warm and sunny conditions, very unlike to Belgium summer. RBCC took the field with the aim to settle the account which was heavily in the favor of Greens. Ricky and Shahbaz started off nicely, both making good use of the new ball. Ricky’s length was excellent, consistently in good and full length areas and as a result got a lots of swing and shape away from right hander. Shahbaz from the other end could generate pace, swing and bounce. Soon their openers were removed by Ricky whereas Shahbaz was unlucky that could not get a wicket. After the Ricky and Shahbaz’s bowling partnership, Sachin and Daniel excellently used the build up from their predecessors and further squeezed the Greens. Both taking wickets in their first overs, Sachin carried on and took two more wickets which left a great scar on Green’s middle order, Greens were 6 down at the end of 14 overs. Nitesh, Haroon and Khuram also bowled well and as a result Greens were all out for 170 in 34 overs.

In chase of 171, Ricky and Deepak opened the RBCC innings. Both looked very solid, composed and pleasing to the eye. Unfortunately, they could not build on the start they got and were out for mere 7 and 6, respectively. Maqsood at no. 3 and Jawad at no. 4 steadied the RBCC ship, both batted in a great fashion. They showed great concentration and composure. Their hundred runs partnership was an excellent example how middle over batting should be, without any extravagant shots, like whispering, they took the game away from Greens, even before they realized. After playing superb knock of 43 Jawad was out lbw, so unlucky that could not complete his first fifty of the season. Hameel joined Maqsood with still 50 runs to win, he was in a different mood than what we saw mostly from RBCC innings. He looked in a good touch and could clear the boundary with a lot of ease. He went on to scored 41* with the help of three 6s and five 4s.

By the time RBCC chased down 170 runs in 30 overs, Maqsood completed his unbeaten 50. He was solid like a rock and composed till the last ball, like a tiger on the hunt. What a great find he is been for RBCC. The team had a great day of cricket in sublime weather. First, they bowled well in tough conditions, their young guns were fired up. Whereas during batting, experienced and calm hands showed them the path to victory.