RBCC2 vs Brussels Greens CC (home)

RBCC lost by 3 runs

Match Report

On one of the hottest days of the year so far was contested one of the closest games of the year at the RBCC ground. With the morning buzz around the champion’s trophy final and a big screen setup for the viewing pleasure of players and supporters, the day had already started with some excitement before the RBCC skipper won the toss and elected to field against a team that likes to chase. With a strong batting lineup RBCC was confident of chasing down any total setup by the Brussels Greens.

Khurram and Wasooq started well, keeping the scoring down and picking up wickets in the first 10 overs. At 63-3 in 13 overs, it looked like the RBCC bowlers were setup nicely to run through the middle order. However the opposition batsmen decided to play time and wait for the lose deliveries instead of forcing the initiative. A probing spell 3 for 30 from Anurag in the middle overs ensured that the Greens run rate was kept in check even if the wickets dried up.

The extras in the form of wides, however kept helping the opposition move the score along and RBCC was hence not able to maintain the pressure. Once Anurag got the Greens skipper to play around a straight quicker one, their team fell from 114-3 to 153-7. Waqas came on in the latter half of the innings to get a couple of quick wickets and once again it looked like the innings would be wrapped up quickly. However the Green’s 9, 10 and jack put up some good fight and just decided to try and play out the overs instead of trying to score. They were able to put up some invaluable runs with the heat taking its toll on the fielders and bowlers. When Waqas got the last wicket in the penultimate over, the Greens had managed a formidable total of 245, with Mr Extras being the highest scorer at 56. While Waqas and Anurag shared 7 wickets between them.

After a decent meal and some mid inning banter about the ongoing champions trophy final, the RBCC openers went out in the heat to chase down the total. It was not a good start with both openers falling in the first 4 overs. But then Waqas put together a couple of partnerships with Arun and then Khurram to steady the boat. Some aggressive hitting meant that the scoring rate was never an issue. However when Khurram got out for a well made 40, the team fell to 150-4 and some nerves began to creep in. Waqas maintained his brilliant form with the bat and scored an excellent century even while battling through severe cramps which held up play for a bit in the middle of the innings. However a decent dose of magnesium tablets had him up and running once again. Wickets continued to tumble at the other end however, which meant the chase was never comfortable. Wasooq took the score to 230-7 and it looked like RBCC would coast to victory from there. However a few more rash shots resulted in the score falling to 242-9 and when Waqas tried to finish the match, he ended up getting caught inches inside the boundary. His excellent inning of 122 (88) ended the run chase just 3 runs short of the Greens’ total resulting in a heartbreaking loss for RBCC.

Written by Usman Azim

Scoreboard

Category : League

RBCC Innings
Batsman Dismissal Runs 4's 6's
Usman Azim caught 6 1 0
Anurag Gakhar caught 0 0 0
Waqas Ali Raja caught 122 14 4
Arun Thamilarasu LBW 6 0 0
Khuram Shahzad caught 40 7 0
Manuj Khanna bowled 6 1 0
Deepak Murugan caught 2 0 0
Muhammad Rehman Hussain caught 1 0 0
Wasooq Butt caught 15 2 0
Hameel Hayat caught 8 2 0
Danish Qureshui not out 0 0 0
Bowling Extras 36 0 0
Totals: 242 27 4
Bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Extras
Khuram Shahzad 9 0 61 2 8
Wasooq Butt 5 1 23 1 0
Anurag Gakhar 9 0 30 3 3
Usman Azim 6 0 29 0 9
Danish Qureshui 2 0 25 0 13
Waqas Ali Raja 8 0 49 4 6
Hameel Hayat 5 1 23 0 1
Totals: 44 2 240 10 40
 
Fielding
Fielder Catches Stumpings Run Outs Dropped Catches
Deepak Murugan 3 0 0 0
Hameel Hayat 1 0 0 0
Manuj Khanna 0 0 0 2
Totals: 4 0 0 2