RBCC1 vs 12 Stars CC (home)

Match Report

Into their last game of this year’s Div-1 league, Royal Brussels CC took on 12 Stars at Ohain on a nice, sunny day. Having lost the toss & put to field, Royal Brussels launched their bowling campaign with great spirit & commitment. Wasooq won the first breakthrough at the 3rd over with a smart delivery & return catch, followed by skipper Waqas at the 6th over that saw both the openers at the pavilion. Ricky sent off the next batsman as Wasooq trapped a “tracer bullet” just in time! At 3 for 49, 12 Stars prospects looked grim. However, three valuable partnerships followed namely, 50 (4th wicket), 46 (5th wicket) & 36 (7th wicket) runs bringing a certain relief for the opposition. At 192 for 7, a well set #3 & a determined #9 batsmen ensured a meaty partnership of 62 off 41 balls. At the end of 50 overs, the opposition had piled up 256 runs for 9 wickets.

Royal Brussels were overall good in the field and almost did well to hold on to the catches: Wasooq topped the list with 2 while Usman, Sameel & Hameel had 1 each. As for the bowling, 2 wickets each for Waqas & Chris; Wasooq, Maqsood, Ricky, Hameel had 1 wicket each. Other notable mentions include: the maidens from Ricky (2), Waqas (1), Wasooq (1); the sub-four economy rate from Maqsood (3.89 of 9 overs) and Ricky (2.17 of 6 overs); and that direct hit from Waqas which sent-off the chattery wicket-keeper-batsman.

With a required rate of under 6 an over, Royal Brussels commenced their chase with a positive mindset. Following a precarious edge in the first over, the openers consolidated their defence and began to patiently put away those loose deliveries. However, at the end of 12 overs, Royal Brussels were at 52 for 2. Though better off the opposition who were 49 for 3 at this stage, Royal Brussels middle order couldn’t help to stabilize their chase with a much needed partnership or two (on hindsight, maybe that’s where Royal Brussels lost the plot). Wickets fell in quick succession and the chase was now nowhere. Into the 33rd over, Royal Brussels lost the game by 115 runs.

Into the huddle, the players exchanged their reflection, takeaways of the game & the season so far as both the skipper (Waqas), the vice-captain (Usman) shared their insights with the team. Also, lots of appreciations, applause and well wishes for beloved club mates Wasooq & Jitendriya  as they will leave Belgium for new (ad)ventures


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