RBCC vs ZVCA (T20 – Frankfurt tour)

Match Report

A party of 23 players and supporters le2 Brussels on Friday 31/08 to play in Frankfurt against Frankfurt Furies (Ladies) & ZVCA (Men). On arrival, we were welcomed by Chairman Compton who had arrived early in order to find us a good spot in the hotel bar.

The first match of the tour started in the early a2ernoon with RBCC Women facing off against the FCC Furies. A2er winning the toss, FCC Furies elected to field first. The field’s dryness along with some good batting skills allowed the RBCC batsmen to score freely, with Christina retiring at 20 in the 4th over and a great performance from Pascale who stayed in to demonstrate how running between wickets should be done, retiring a2er 18 overs in her 3rd cricket game ever. Contributions from Paromita, Sue and Maureen, who batted her first innings, ensured an excellent score of 141 a2er 20 overs was set.

In the 2nd innings, we set the field with a plan to keep it tight and restrict wides and extras. A2er a close battle, FCC reached the target in the 19th over despite some tight bowling from Anya, Paromita, Pascale, Sue and Keshav. After a long night at the bar with the Chairman Compton leading the team meeting until 6:00 am, Royal Brussels CC men’s team looked fresh & prepared to take on ZVCA apart from a few hungover heads. Although the Chairman does not recall any discussions or events after 4:00 am. Skipper of the day Sameel was given strict instructions from the team to win the toss & bat first as some of the players still needed some more time to prepare for the game. ZVCA won the toss & decided to put us under the sun to make sure we are completely awake by time it was our turn to bat. The game was a 25 over affair.

Sachin and Prateek were given the responsibility to share the new ball. The opposition openers were eager to take on our bowlers and unleashed from the first over. At 50/0 in 5 overs, Brighton came on to bowl and started off gently. Having warmed up a2er a few deliveries, Brighton was ready to slow down proceeding and took some important wickets. He managed to break the middle stump of one their number 3 batsman and brought it back as a souvenir. He duly signed & kissed it with a red lip stick so we can display it at our club house.

With many legends of Royal Brussels CC present in the team things stayed under control for the rest of our bowling. Some notable bowling performances from Kumar, Jalal and Gregg. Jalal turned back the clock from his playing days with figures of 4-0-11-1. Royal Brussels CC restricted them to 147/9 in 25 overs.

In reply, Nick Compton & Sudhanshu Verma led the batting order. The opposition started off with their new South African pacer who sent the first one down the leg for a wide and after having given it a some thought Sudhanshu decided to run. He earned a royal duck in return for his efforts. At number 3, Brighton Watambwa walked in to face. The score after the first over read 22/1. With the score ticking at a healthy rate and batsmen eager to return back to the pavilion, Royal Brussels CC found themselves in a spot of bother at 100/8. Sameel found himself batting with Jalal and took on the attack to the opposition. With a quick 20, he went for one shots too many and got bowled. Sachin & Jalal kept trying out in the middle and brought us home nearly but with too many left for the last pair to score Royal Brussels CC lost by 8 runs.

The game was followed by exchange of thanks and awards. Nick Compton, Club Chairman, thanked ZVCA for their hospitality and presented their captain with a club shirt to acknowledge his efforts. ZVCA hosted a BBQ post match to end a top day of cricket. Having not won any games during the day, Chairman Compton summoned another team meeting at the sports bar to prepare a strategy for next day. Having listened to our conversations, the bar decided to shut the door and we were forced to retire to our rooms early.

On Sunday, well rested after the first game and a great BBQ, RBCC Women’s won the toss and set out to field first restricting the FCC furies to a score of 103 a2er 20 overs, thanks to great bowling performances and very tight fielding that led to great catches, run outs and wickets down. Paromita, Nicky and Zara contributed with one wicket each. They were aided in the field by run-outs and catches from Sue and Alix.

In the 2nd innings, RBCC’s batting performance allowed us to reach the target in the 13th over, with Zara retiring after a few overs, and Paromita, Nicky and Anya each showing off their batting skills. With a relatively fresh & rested men’s squad there were only two changes from the previous game. Vincent Ching replaced Nick Compton and Jalal Syed had to sit out due to hamstring injury. ZVCA were kind enough to provide us with extra players.

Prateek, skipper on the day, could not bring us the joy of batting first as he forgot to use a double sided coin. We found ourselves standing in the field but this time under cloud cover. Kumar & Sachin started this time for Royal Brussels. Kumar was excellent with new ball swinging it both way and found the outside edge of their opening batsman. None of the bowlers could stop the flow of runs but kept taking regular wickets. ZVCA finished their quota of 20 overs with 167/9 on the score board.

Brighton & Sudhanshu opened but could not stay together for long. Brighton was the first wicket to fall down. Having made a royal duck the previous day, Sudhanshu played carefully up until the 11th over before Jitrendriya decided to send him back half way down the pitch. Having successfully lobbied for not having batsmen retire after scoring 30, Jitendriya kept rotating the strike with the odd boundary. With 6 overs le2 and 72 runs still required Gregg Hawson walked in to join Jitendriya Swain. Having practiced with Miller Hawson for 2 days in the nets during & after games he was ready to let his bat do the talking. Gregg smashed the bowlers all around the park and scored a quick 20 ball 50. With 13 runs to chase down in the last over, Gregg tried to run the ball to third man and was bowled. Royal Brussels CC came very close to the finishing line but lost by 2 runs in the end.

Brighton was thrilled to have witnessed a classical Gregg’s innings. We were very warmly welcomed by FFCC & ZVCA and it was a very enjoyable experience for Royal Brussels CC on their first tour to Frankfurt. A special thanks to Alexander Jewell-Thomas from ZVCA for organising an entertaining weekend. A special thanks to everyone who made it on the tour. An excellent weekend’s cricket was enjoyed by all. It is hoped to tour again together in 2019.

RBCC in Frankfurt

Scoreboard

Category : Tour

RBCC Innings
Batsman Dismissal Runs 4's 6's
Nick Compton run out 3 0 0
Sudhanshu Verma run out 0 0 0
Brighton Watambwa bowled 28 3 2
Guest Player LBW 2 0 0
Jitendriya Swain caught 16 3 0
Kumar Shailendra caught 9 1 0
Gregg Hawson caught 19 3 1
Prateek Gupta LBW 5 0 0
Sameel Hayat bowled 20 2 1
Jalal Syed bowled 2 0 0
Sachin Lamichane not out 9 2 0
Bowling Extras 45 0 0
Totals: 158 14 4
Bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Extras
Sachin Lamichane 4 0 27 1 1
Prateek Gupta 4 0 34 0 5
Brighton Watambwa 4 0 17 2 2
Kumar Shailendra 5 0 32 1 2
Sameel Hayat 3 0 17 2 0
Jalal Syed 3 0 11 1 3
Gregg Hawson 2 0 9 1 1
Totals: 25 0 147 8 14
 
Fielding
Fielder Catches Stumpings Run Outs Dropped Catches
Gregg Hawson 2 0 0 1
Jalal Syed 0 0 0 1
Jitendriya Swain 1 0 1 0
Nick Compton 1 0 0 1
Sudhanshu Verma 2 0 0 0
Totals: 6 0 1 3