RBCC2 vs Antwerp CC (away)

RBCC Won by 40 runs

Match Report

It was only one week after the official opening of the club and already the season was under way with a league match away at Antwerp. For his first match as captain, Matt was gifted a very strong Taverners team, with a depth of batting and bowling. Having won the toss, we elected to bowl first and set our batsmen a total to chase. Ricky opened the bowling and kept a tight line, repeatedly beating the outside edge and limiting the run rate. Khuram came from the other end and initially struggled to find his line, though he came back strongly in his second spell later in the innings. Maqsood replaced Khuram, bowling a fantastic spell of nine consecutive overs, conceding just 13 runs and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket for his efforts. We had to wait until the 25th over for a breakthrough as Vinay bowled the opener, the first of his four wickets. Their openers racked up a partnership of 92 and then they added 65 in a period of just 10 overs for the second wicket, but we remained patient in the field. Vinay again broke the partnership with the help of a good catch from Asama and not long after he had his third wicket. The next over the captain brought himself on and just three balls in, the other opener hauled out to long-off. Vinay took his fourth wicket in the following over and Matt struck again immediately after, rounding off a period of four consecutive overs in which one wicket fell every over. Ricky came back to finish off his allocation of nine overs and finally picked up the wicket he deserved. Matt then took the last wicket to fall as we kept them to 213 from 45 overs, a target we felt we were more than capable of chasing.

After lunch (a choice between tuna, tuna or tuna), Maqsood and Asama started the reply. After two wides down the leg-side, the left-handed opener found the perfect line from around the wicket and managed to squeeze the ball through Maqsood’s defences. Daniel fell just a few overs later, unfortunately edging a rising ball from the same bowler. Asama (28) batted the way his captain asked him to and built a solid partnership of 57 with Jawad before unluckily top edging a short ball. Jawad batted beautifully for his 40 runs and looked in no trouble at all before the umpire, who also happened to be his captain, gave him out LBW despite an apparent edge. Sudhanshu’s innings was cut short as he was run out and Ricky fell soon after, leaving RBCC 116-6 in freezing temperatures (it even snowed briefly at one point). Basit batted brilliantly before falling for 29, taking us to 154-7 with 10 overs to go, the target still 60 runs away. What came next was a fantastic example of how to chase a target as Khuram used a mix of ability and experience to blast 56 runs from just 54 balls, including eight fours and a six, with steady support from Vinay at the other end. Despite the early wickets, we eventually won with 11 balls to spare.

There were brilliant individual displays with bat and ball but in truth, it was a fantastic team performance with everyone supporting each other, sticking together and refusing to give up. It was the perfect start to the season and a promising sign of what this team is capable of achieving this year.


Category : League

RBCC Innings
Batsman Dismissal Runs 4's 6's
Maqsood Ahmed bowled 0 0 0
Asama Muslimyar caught 28 5 0
Daniel Hope caught 0 0 0
Jawad Mian LBW 40 5 0
Abdul Basit caught 29 4 0
Sudhanshu Verma run out 10 0 0
Muhammad Rehman Hussain bowled 9 2 0
Khuram Shahzad not out 56 8 1
Vinay Gupta not out 9 1 0
Abdul Wahed 0 0 0
Matthew Grant 0 0 0
Bowling Extras 35 0 0
Totals: 216 25 1
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Extras
Muhammad Rehman Hussain 9 0 37 1 8
Khuram Shahzad 9 0 52 0 19
Maqsood Ahmed 9 0 13 0 1
Abdul Wahed 5 0 31 0 13
Vinay Gupta 9 0 57 4 2
Matthew Grant 4 0 22 3 3
Totals: 45 0 212 8 46
Fielder Catches Stumpings Run Outs Dropped Catches
Asama Muslimyar 1 0 0 0
Daniel Hope 1 0 0 0
Jawad Mian 1 0 0 0
Khuram Shahzad 2 0 0 0
Totals: 5 0 0 0