RBCC1 vs AICC (away)

RBCC lost by 55 runs

Match Report

RBCCs first team travelled to Antwerp to face Antwerp Indians in a division 1 game on a very warm Saturday. RBCC was very charged up and confident after recent wins in the championship. Home team won the toss and asked RBCC to field in the heat.

Match kicked off very well with Waqas sending an opener back to his pavilion in the first over already. After this AICC started to consolidate with runs coming at a very slow pace until Maqsood came on and broke the partnership, with score at 66 after 20 overs. Couple of small partnerships and wickets later AICC were 109 for 4 after 30 overs. It was clear that the home side wanted to preserve wickets and were in no hurry to score. However, after 35 overs things started to change as the new batsman started taking some risks while the surviving opener kept things steady at the other end. Heat had taken its toll on RBCC’s bowlers and fielders, which meant few lose deliveries each over allowing batsmen to accelerate. With partnerships of 88, 15 and 41 AICC scored 150 runs in the last twenty overs to get to a total of 259 in the allotted 50. One opener carried the bat and got a solid 125 runs. AICC showed good application in building their innings.

Given the short square boundaries and warm conditions, RBCC was confident going in to the chase with 259 being a par score at AICC’s home ground. The confidence got a big boost as Maqsood and Ricky looked very solid opening the innings. Both rotated the strike well and punished lose deliveries. RBCC seemed cruising along with score at 72 after 16 overs without the loss of any wicket. AICC introduced spin and medium paced bowlers and they really turned things around. Ricky, Maqsood, Basit, Hameel and Usman Azim fell in quick succession. Basit and Usman Azim had some bad luck, given out on very questionable stumping and LBW decisions. As wickets fell, Waqas looked confident at the other end and kept the scoreboard ticking at a decent pace. Jitendriya walked in to join him at 89 for 5. He held one end up and Waqas kept scoring from the other. As the visitors approached the 34th over, they looked well in control with 107 to get off 16 overs.

Here things turned again as Jitendriya faced several dot balls and then lost his wicket. Khuram walked in but pressure mounted with very dot ball now. Khuram couldn’t connect the ball as he would have liked and fell soon. Manuj came in and for a brief period, he and Waqas got some momentum back. But few dot balls later Manuj also succumbed to the pressure. This brought in Wasooq, soon to be followed by Chris. RBCC lost too many wickets and faced too many dot balls. Waqas looked very impressive at one end and tried very hard to get RBCC across the line. He was left short of partners and balls as the match ended with Chris’ wicket. Waqas got a strong 84 not out and RBCC finished the innings 55 runs short.

It was a well fought game in which the pendulum swung constantly towards both sides. AICC put in a strong performance with the bat and ball, especially in middle and death overs. They applied their skill and experience of their ground very well, coming out as the better team on the day.

RBCC1 vs AICC - 20180714